eliminates hockey program
2002-03 hockey season will be the Stags’ last as a
Division I team, as university President Aloysius P. Kelley
announced that the school will eliminate its hockey program
beginning with the 2003-04 academic year. Fairfield will
also eliminate its football program in what the university
called a cost-cutting decision expected to save $570,000
university’s senior administrators reached the decision,
which was endorsed by the Board of Trustees. The funds saved
will be redirected to the school’s student financial
is a decision that will give us a greater opportunity to
maintain our ambitious goals in the area of Division I intercollegiate
athletics while strengthening the resources we need to meet
our primary mission of educating young men and women,”
Kelley said in a press release.
Division I History
the 11th- and last-place team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference this season, began play at the Division I level
in 1998-99 as an original member of the MAAC.
Stags have compiled a 26-117-10 record in five seasons of
Division I play, finishing last or next-to-last in the MAAC
in three of its first four seasons. In 2000-01, their best
season in Division I, they finished tied for seventh of
11 teams in the league and had an 11-19-2 record.
it has struggled in the won-loss column this year (5-16-2
overall, 4-10-2 MAAC), Fairfield has been competitive –
eight of its 16 losses have come by one goal. Saturday the
Stags earned their first-ever win at Canisius, 4-2, to close
out a three-game road trip in which they lost a pair of
one-goal games to the top two teams in the MAAC, Mercyhurst
university will honor the contract of Hunt, in his second
season with the Stags. It will also honor the scholarships
of the returning players, should they decide to remain at
Fairfield. Fairfield offers a total of four hockey scholarships
which may be divided among more than four players. The university
said that compliance with Title IX “was not a major
consideration” in the decision to cut hockey and football.
elimination of the Fairfield program drops the MAAC hockey
league to 10 schools, and leaves 59 Division I teams nationwide.
The MAAC still has seven full-time Division I schools, a
level at which its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
would not be jeopardized by an NCAA
rule scheduled to go into effect in September.
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