Courtesy: Mark Brown

Inside Lacrosse Tabs Burke, Behring and Eidenshink as Preseason All-Americans

Courtesy: Fairfield University
January 10, 2017

BALTIMORE – Three members of the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team have earned national preseason recognition from the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, as published online today at insidelacrosse.com. Colin Burke was chosen as Third Team All-America, while Tyler Behring and Andrew Eidenshink earned Honorable Mention All-America status. The Stags’ 2017 campaign – their 25th varsity season – is set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Richmond.

Colin Burke collects a Third Team Preseason All-America nod after a record-setting rookie campaign with the Stags. Burke was a USILA All-America Honorable Mention following the 2016 season that saw him named CAA co-Player of the Year – the first freshman to ever win the award – and CAA Rookie of the Year. A seven-time CAA Rookie of the Week during the spring, Burke set Fairfield freshman records and led the CAA with 46 goals and 63 total points. In the overall Fairfield record book, his 46 goals slot second in a single season and his 63 points are the sixth-most in program history. Both totals were the highest by a Stag since Spencer Steele ’00 scored a program-record 48 goals en route to tying the program mark of 75 points in 1999.

Burke, the only Stag to record a point in every game in 2016, led the nation in goals by a freshman with 2.71 markers per game (14th overall) and slotted second among freshmen (26th overall) with 3.71 points per game. Inside Lacrosse ranked him as the No. 2 freshman in the nation following last season.

All-America Honorable Mention Tyler Behring was a First Team All-CAA presence in the cage for the Stags last spring, leading the Association and ranking among the top-10 in the nation with a .572 save percentage and 11.71 saves per game. His goals-against average of 9.19 slotted him third in the CAA, 20th in the nation and seventh in Fairfield single-season history. His 199 total saves in 2016 were also seventh in program history and the most by a Stags’ goalkeeper since 2001. Behring was tabbed as the USILA Defensive Player of the Week and Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week on April 20 after turning away 19 shots with six goals allowed in a CAA win over UMass.

Andrew Eidenshink earns an All-America Honorable Mention distinction after picking up a Second Team All-CAA nod in 2016. Eidenshink started all 17 games for a defense that ranked third in the CAA with 9.35 goals allowed per game and a man-down defensive unit that was fourth in the Association and 25th nationally with a .667 success rate. Marking a pair of All-CAA attackmen in consecutive weeks, he limited Hofstra’s Sam Llinares to one goal (man-up) and held Drexel’s Cole Shafer without a point in back-to-back wins for the Stags. Eidenshink filled out his statline with 15 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

The Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook also picked the Stags at No. 17 in its preseason rankings, while the USILA Preseason Coaches’ Poll slotted them at No. 20 in the nation. Fairfield is coming off of a 9-8 season – its fifth straight winning campaign – that culminated with the team’s first-ever trip to the CAA Championship Game. The Stags, who return 30 student-athletes from last spring’s club – are one of five teams in the nation to have won three consecutive conference regular season titles.

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