Connor Fields (lacrosse)

Connor Fields (October 10, 1995) is a professional lacrosse attackman from East Amherst, New York. He plays for Chaos Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League. He played college lacrosse at the University at Albany, where he was an All-American all four years. He was drafted by the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League in the 2018 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.[2] He was also drafted in Major League Lacrosse by the Charlotte Hounds in 2018.[3]

Connor Fields
BornOctober 10, 1995
East Amherst, New York
NationalityUnited States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight160 pounds (73 kg)
PositionAttack
NCAA teamAlbany (2018)
NLL draft2018
San Diego Seals
NLL teamSan Diego Seals
MLL draft2018
Charlotte Hounds
MLL teamsCharlotte Hounds
PLL teamChaos Lacrosse Club
Career highlights
  • 4x All-American[1]

College careerEdit

Fields was ranked as the 15th best player coming out of high school by Inside Lacrosse after four years at Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School. He committed to play for the University at Albany.[4]

Freshman YearEdit

Fields started and scored in every game his freshman year. In his first college game, he scored three goals and had three assists against Drexel. He had 7 goals and 9 points in the first half against Umass-Lowell, his most for a first half in his college career. On March 25, against Harvard, he picked up 8 ground balls, the most in his career. Albany's season ended after losing to Notre Dame in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. At the end of the season, he set the record for goals in a season by a freshman, with 66. He was second in all of division one college lacrosse in average goals per game, with 3.47, and first in the America East Conference. He also made the NCAA All-Rookie team, as well as being an honorable mention All-American.[4]

Sophomore YearEdit

Fields came into the year as an Inside Lacrosse preseason All-American. He once again started every game for the Great Danes. On March 26, against Hartford, Fields tied his career high goals with 7 in a 13-9 victory.[5] In early April, he had back to back 4 goal games, against Umass-Lowell and University of Vermont. Albany's season ended after losing to Syracuse in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship He ended the season leading the American East in both goals and points, with 44 and 73, respectively. He was nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy and was a third team All-American by USILA.[4]

Junior YearEdit

As a junior, Fields was named to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-American team. He set a career high for single game goals against UMass-Lowell on March 25 with 8. On May 13, during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, he had a career high 3 forced turnovers, as well as 5 points in a win against UNC.[4] They lost to University of Maryland in the next game 18-9 to end the season. He was an Inside Lacrosse and USILA first team All-American [6][7] and a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist.[8] He led Division 1 in points per game with 6.5.[9] At some point during the season, Fields hurt his MCL, an injury that would hamper him his senior year.[10]

Senior YearEdit

Fields struggled with knee pain throughout his senior season.[10] Fields set a new career high for assists against Drexel on February 24, with 7. Fields had his career high points (12) and tied his career high in assists (7) against UMass on March 6. The Baltimore Sun named Fields the player of the week for the week of March 13 after scoring four goals and having 2 assists, including the game-winning goal with 76 seconds left.[11] Albany made it to their first ever the Final Four, where they lost to the Yale. Fields had at least 3 points in all three games and was named to the All-Tournament team. Fields was once again named a USILA and Inside Lacrosse All-American, as well as being a Tewaaraton nominee for the third time.[4] After the season it was revealed he'd been playing with a torn ACL, sprained MCL and hurt meniscus,[12] which he'd suffered during the March 24 victory over UMass-Lowell and worsened during the April 22 loss to Yale.[13]

StatisticsEdit

Season Team GP G A Pts
2015 Albany 19 66 22 88
2016 Albany 16 44 29 73
2017 Albany 18 55 62 117
2018 Albany 16 34 52 86
College totals 69 199 165 364
  • 5th all-time in NCAA single-season points
  • 3rd in career goals
  • 3rd in career points

Professional careerEdit

MLLEdit

Fields was drafted #3 overall by the Charlotte Hounds in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse draft.[14] He scored his first two career goals on June 23, 2018 against the Florida Launch.[15] His season was cut short after three games[16] due to his lingering knee injury from college. He got surgery in Buffalo for his knee shortly after playing in his final MLL game that season.[12]

NLLEdit

Fields was selected 10th overall in the 2018 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft by the San Diego Seals.[2] In week 17, of the 2018 NLL season, after sitting out the rest of the season due to knee surgery,[12] Fields made his debut. He scored his first career goal and had his first career assist against the New England Black Wolves.[17] He only played one more regular season game that season, where he had a pair of assists.[18] In the playoffs, Fields was able to participate in the playoffs for the Seals, where he scored a goal in an 11-12 loss.[19][20]

PLLEdit

Fields became a member of Chaos Lacrosse Club of Paul Rabil’s new league, the Premier Lacrosse League for the 2019 Premier Lacrosse League season.[1] He made the league's first ever Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Game as a member of Team Rambo.[21] He participated in the Adidas Freestyle Challenge during all-star weekend as well.[22] Fields ended the season tied for second in goals.[23] He made the 2019 PLL all pro team.

PLL StatisticsEdit

Regular Season
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts GB CT
2019 Chaos 10 22 0 11 33 15 4
2020 Chaos 4 6 0 1 7 5 0
Totals 14 28 0 12 40 20 4

Personal lifeEdit

Fields is the son of Jennifer and Peter Fields and has a brother named Peter.[4] He has dual citizenship with the United States and Canada.[24] He was on Canada's tryout roster for the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship.[25] However, for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, Fields tried out for Team USA.[26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Connor Fields". Premier Lacrosse League. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Tom Goslowski (September 25, 2018). "CONNOR FIELDS DRAFTED IN THE NLL". ESPN Radio. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Connor Fields". Charlotte Hounds. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "5 Connor Fields". University at Albany. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Nick Fusaro (March 26, 2016). "Connor Fields leads UAlbany Lacrosse to 13-9 victory at Hartford". News 10. ABC. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "FIVE GREAT DANES NAMED INSIDE LACROSSE MLAX MEDIA ALL-AMERICANS". UALBANY. May 14, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "FOUR GREAT DANES HONORED AS 2017 USILA ALL-AMERICANS". UALBANY. May 24, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "CONNOR FIELDS HONORED AT 2017 TEWAARATON TROPHY CEREMONY". UALBANY. June 1, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "UALBANY MEN'S LACROSSE EARNS DI TOP SCORING OFFENSE IN 2017". UALBANY. May 30, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Jack Goods (September 25, 2018). "Top NLL draft pick Connor Fields has no regrets after season of pain". The Buffalo News. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Edward Lee (March 13, 2018). "Men's lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 13): Connor Fields, Albany". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c Jack Goods (June 28, 2019). "LESS THAN YEAR REMOVED FROM SURGERY, CONNOR FIELDS SETTING PLL ON FIRE". USLacrosse Magazine. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Connor Fields helped lead Albany to first Final Four with torn ACL". ESPN. May 30, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Michael Kelly (April 18, 2018). "Fields picked No. 3 in MLL draft". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "Launch upset Hounds, 21-17". Major League Lacrosse. June 24, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "#5 Connor Fields". pointstreak.com. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Steve Wizniuk. "Winners and Losers: NLL Week 17". Lax All-Stars. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  18. ^ "ALL PLAYER STATS". NLL.com. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "# Connor Fields". pointstreak.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Austin Gayle (May 7, 2019). "ROUGHNECKS CLOSE THE DOOR ON MAGICAL SEALS SEASON". National Lacrosse League. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  21. ^ Matt Anderson. "2019 PLL All-Star Draft: Team Selections". Lax All Stars. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  22. ^ "PLL 2019 All-Star Game Preview". Lax All Stars. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  23. ^ "PLL Stats". Premier Lacrosse League. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  24. ^ Matt Kinnear (January 15, 2018). "Connor Fields: Built in the Box". Inside Lacrosse. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  25. ^ "FIELDS, DRAKE ON 2018 TEAM CANADA FIELD MEN'S LACROSSE TRYOUT ROSTER". UAlbanysports.com. University at Albany. October 8, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  26. ^ Brian Logue (September 25, 2018). "THORPE NAMES ROSTERS FOR U.S. INDOOR AT LASNAI". USLacrosse. Retrieved August 13, 2019.