Burridge hat trick gives Fairfield title

[MAAC] Graduate student Jack Burridge scored three goals to lead Fairfield to a 3-1 victory over Manhattan in the 2011 MAAC final at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"Jack is just a natural goal scorer," Stags coach Carl Rees said. "You can't teach the instincts he has inside the penalty area. He knows how to solve problems tactically. He has lived and breathed football since he was a kid and that shows up in how he plays the game."

The win extended Fairfield's unbeaten streak to 13 games, sporting a 12-0-1 mark over that stretch. The Stags improved their overall record to 12-4-1.

Manhattan's Eugene Heerschap had scored in early in the second overtime to give the Jaspers a dramatic 1-0 victory over second-seeded Iona in the semifinals.

Manhattan's march to the final came less than a month after it had snapped a 43-game winless streak and 39-game losing streak.

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