After the recent success of the women’s soccer team in earning the championship title in the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference, The Mirror extends congratulations to athletes in their continued dedication to representing Fairfield as a force on the playing fields.

Because of their victory at the MAAC, the women have earned the right to compete in this month’s NCAA tournament.

The women’s soccer team’s accomplishment is not an insignificant one. No varsity sports team at Fairfield has won the MAAC championship since the women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2004, and it has been six years since the women’s soccer team last won the title.

Following suit, the men’s soccer team is currently undefeated and will begin competition in the MAAC tournament on Nov. 11 here at Fairfield.

The Stag Spirit is spreading beyond campus, as well. There is now a sign just before exit 22 on I-95 North announcing to passers-by that Fairfield’s men’s lacrosse won the Great Western Lacrosse League championship in 2005. The fact that Fairfield sports are becoming strong enough and successful enough to be recognized off campus is a great success for the school as a whole.

As the Dance Team plans on heading to the 2006 College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship, it is our hope that Fairfield will notch yet another victory in its belt on the national level.

While the Men’s Soccer attendance has been up this year, the same does not hold true for all Fairfield athletics, and as much as it is the athletes’ responsibilty to represent the university through their play, students must do the same through by supporting their teams.

It is our hope that with the recent and expected athletic success at Fairfield, not only will our scores improve, but our athletic spirit will as well.

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