Now that the regular season has come to an end for the Stags, they head into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament as the 10th seed. Fairfield finished the season with a record of 7-23 (5-15 in conference play.)
Forward Marcus Gilbert ‘16, the team’s leading scorer with 16.5 points per game, looks to lead the Stags as they approach the first game of the tournament. Guard Tyler Nelson ‘18 has built a reputation to knock down three pointers. Nelson netted 63 shots from beyond the arc to lead all players. Both Gilbert and Nelson earned postseason honors from the MAAC; Gilbert was named to the All-MAAC Third Team and Nelson was named to the All-Rookie Team.
The Stags have struggled to score efficiently and defend the ball throughout the season. They have faced several obstacles like injuries to important role players Amadou Sidibe ‘16 and Jerome Segura ‘18. Fairfield looks to fight these obstacles once more and make a strong push in the MAAC Tournament. The Stags look to compete with a high intensity and a focus on both sides of the court to further advance in the tournament. The Stags are set to take on the seventh seeded St. Peter’s team.
St. Peter’s finished the season 14-17 (8-12 in conference play). The Peacocks and Stags split the season series, as each team was victorious on their home court. Seniors Marvin Dominique and Desi Washington, who both averaged 14 points per game, led St. Peters. Washington and Dominique have posed a problem for Fairfield in the last two seasons. Dominique was recently named to the All-MAAC Second team for the second straight year.
The Stags are set to take on St. Peter’s on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The Stags are well-prepared for their matchup against St. Peter’s. The Stags look to defeat St. Peter’s and advance to the second round of the MAAC Tournament to face the second seed, Rider, whom the Stags have fallen to twice in the season. It is win or go home situation for the Stags.