What made you want to continue your collegiate golf and academic career at Fairfield?
Eric: I really did not want to travel too far from home as I live in North Branford, Conn. Also, I knew I wanted to play Division 1 golf, so I had an interview with the coach, I toured the school and I fell in love quickly. Fairfield has a great business school and it all just really worked for me.
From freshman year to sophomore year, you have had a lot of success on the course; what has been the driving force behind your success?
Eric: I have to give most of the credit to the seniors when I was a freshman. They gave me a good understanding of what college golf is really like. Coach was also really helpful freshman year and we’ve been building upon this foundation since I came here.
You have had some really strong individual performances this year from winning MAAC Golfer of the Week to finishing second at the ECAC tournament to earning a tied for third place finish at the MAAC Championships. What has been the highlight of your sophomore campaign?
Eric: I do not really know if there has been one highlight in particular from an individual standpoint. The goal was to win the MAAC Championship as a team, but unfortunately we did not play well enough to do that. I’m happy with how I played, but I wish the result was different as a team.
How would you say you guys performed this weekend at the MAAC Championship?
Eric: We had ourself in a good position through 45 holes, but we are a really young team and although we did not end up with the win, we definitely gained some confidence from the weekend and worked really hard out there. We played three freshman, so this year they got a feel for what the MAAC Championship is like and I think next year will be our year.
From a team standpoint, how would you sum up the season you guys had?
Eric: I’m really proud of all the guys on the team. I’m really proud of the work ethic we have shown and we know now that winning a MAAC Championship is a two-year process, so next year we’re going to be ready. Also, we’re not losing any of our starters for next year, so that’s big.
Going into next fall, what are your individual and team expectations?
Eric: Individually, I just want to help my team the most I can. I think our team expectations are to be prepared to play in every tournament, especially the MAAC Championship, but overall day in and day out we need to be ready to play.