FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield University freshman lacrosse player Colin Burke took home honors as both Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
He was joined by teammates TJ Neubauer and Tyler Behring as First Team All-CAA.
The Long Island native became the CAA’s first-ever freshman to be named Player of the Year, which he shares this spring with Ryan Drenner of Towson. Burke’s Rookie of the Year laurels come on the heels of seven CAA Rookie of the Week selections, including four during the five weeks of CAA play.
Burke is the leading scorer in the CAA with 41 goals and 55 total points. The Stags’ attackman leads all freshmen nationally in goals per game (and is 13th overall), and is third among rookies (34th overall) in points per game.
Burke scored at least one goal in all 15 games of his rookie campaign and totaled three or more points in 12 contests (80 percent).
“I am proud of our All-CAA honorees, our coaching staff and our entire team for overcoming a slow start to the season to win our third consecutive regular season title,” said head coach Andy Copelan, in his eighth year at the helm of the Stags. “The guys receiving individual honors would be the first to tell you that these are team awards, and that’s what I am most proud of. This is a special group of young men.”
Burke becomes the highest-scoring freshman in Fairfield lacrosse history in both goals and points. He has tallied the first 40-goal season and the first 55-point season by a Stag since 1999, when Spencer Steele scored a program-record 48 goals and matched Matt Callaghan with a program-best 75 points. Also a two-time ECAC Rookie of the Week during the regular season, Burke is Fairfield’s third straight Rookie of the Year at the conference level.
Burke rounds out his treasure-trove of All-CAA honors as a First Team selection and a member of the CAA All-Rookie Team.
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