Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fairfield Also Gets Bid To Event

And, yet another MAAC men's team is headed for post-season play.

Fairfield, like Manhattan, is also headed for the Tournament, according to the Stags' website.

Fairfield advanced to the MAAC tournament's championship game where it lost to Loyola, 48-44 to fall to a 19-14 overall record.

The Stats will host a first-round game against near-by Ivy League member Yale Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Yale, is currently 19-9, the program's  best record since a 21-victory season in 2001-02.

The Stags and Elis last met in the 2007-08 season with Yale winning, 70-66, in overtime.

The inclusion of both Manhattan and Fairfield marks the first time in the four-year history of the event that two MAAC teams will participate. One team from the conference took part in each of the previous three years.

The best finish by a MAAC team came last year when Iona advanced to the event's championship game before it lost to Santa Clara.

With Fairfield and Manhattan both participating in the event, it means four men's teams from the MAAC will be involved in national post-season events.

Loyola earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA's by virtue of winning the MAAC's post-season tournament.

And, Iona, with a 25-7 overall record, is still hoping to get an at-large invitation to the NCAA's. If that doesn't happen, the Gaels will play in the NIT, accepting the automatic berth it has for that event by virtue of being the MAAC's regular-season champion.

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