Fairfield University

Men's D1
Coach: Andy Copelan
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3,982 Undergrads / 5,123 Students
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$37,255 Net Price*
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72% Admitted
Team Conference
Metro Atlantic (MAAC)
College Type
4-year, Private non-profit
Campus Type
Suburb: Large
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Student-to-faculty Ratio

11 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year


Overall Graduation Rate


Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

77% / 80%

Calendar System


Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic


On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.
Coach Recruiting Interview

Division I lacrosse players share a passion for the game and willingness to put the team and its system ahead of personal goals. This common trait is not by coincidence; college coaches look for this during the recruiting process and prioritize team-first players with great attitudes that can elevate the team by performing within the system. Duke lacrosse is a great example of this.

Coach Andy Whitley of Fairfield University echoed this belief during our chat about what young players can do to stand out during the recruiting process and get on the recruiting radar of college coaches.

Andy Whitley is in his sixth season as a member of the men’s coaching staff. Whitley works closely with the Stags’ goalkeepers and faceoff men in addition to playing a leading role in recruiting.

Whitley joined the Fairfield staff in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach with Yale for three seasons.

What advice do you have for players interested in Division I schools?

Players interested in playing lacrosse at the Division I level need to have a combination of attributes. Being excellent lacrosse players is a given, at Fairfield University, we want players that play the game at a high level and also get enjoyment out of being part of the team.

At the end of the day, coaches are paid to win lacrosse games so we want players that are willing to make the commitment both on and off the field. Players are expected to practice with the team 4 hours a day and find the balance between lacrosse and their schoolwork.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Recruits should look for multiple ways to get the attention of coaches. Coaches have a range of teaching philosophies and playing styles. Reach out to coaches and ask about their style and how your game would fit in. Create a recruiting profile that shows coaches the tournaments and showcases you’re attending as well as any highlight clips you may have. Attending coaches prospect days are a great way to showcase your skills and learn about coaching staff and campus.

What type of player’s do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

At Fairfield University, we look for well-balanced athletes. Recruiting is an art, not a science, being a great athlete is very important but the name of the game is catching, shooting and putting the ball in the back of the net. As coaches, we believe great athletes can be molded and taught to play lacrosse. The ability to create space on the field with your athletic ability is key to succeeding at the Division I level.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

I recommend players focus on field concepts and become students of the game. Learning different styles of play and understanding the system you are playing in is important. At Fairfield, we want guys that are eager to learn new concepts and find their place within our system.

The disparity between Division I teams is very small; one or two players can make or break your team. As mentioned, a great example of this is Duke University. Duke has players capable of great individual achievements but collectively, they have found greater success by committing to the system their coaching staff has put in place. The key is for players to be open to changing their game to fit the system and benefit the team.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated recruiting landscape means that Fairfield and other mid-major schools (in basketball terms) now recruit four different classes at a time. If a guy is talented enough, we will always find a spot for him on the team. Players who develop or grow into their bodies early in high school usually have a short recruiting process. However, for those whose bodies and skills take longer to develop the process could be finished as late as their senior year. The takeaway is that each player pursues his own recruiting path and there is no one size fits all model.

For example, Tom Lukacovic, a shared relationship of the staff and ConnectLAX, is a player who was lightly recruited early in his high school career but grew and developed into a great lacrosse player late in his junior year. Tom is now an important part of the Fairfield team. Players who may not be heavily recruited early in high school can still be major contributors at the college level by staying active in the process and growing their game.

Great, thanks Coach Whitley. Any final thoughts?

My advice is to not get overly anxious during the recruiting process and feel pressured into a decision. Continue to work on your game and hone your skills. Coaches are always looking for late bloomers and usually keep a few roster spots open for them.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Fairfield University or Andrew Whitley.

Team Road Trips

On the road, the team primarily travels to Louisville, KY, Colorado Springs, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The team also travels around the Tri-state area, including Manhattan and Long Island. Other trips in the past include Amherst, MA, Newark, DE and Worcester MA.

Recruit Commits
Trent Moran St. Anne's-Belfield Charlottesville, VA Att
Luke Wierman Henderson West Chester, PA Mid
Cooper Mazurczak Governor's Academy / Avon Old Farms Boxford, MA LSM, Def
Ben Rivera La Salle College HS Elizabethtown, PA Def
Dean Ford John Jay-Cross River Katonah, NY Mid
Bryce Ford John Jay-Cross River Katonah, NY Mid
Connor Davies Oxbridge Academy West Palm Beach, FL Att
Donny Macaluso Staples Westport, CT Def
Cooper Higgins Lovett School Atlanta, GA Mid
Charlie Higgins Lovett School Atlanta, GA Goal
Claudio Chieffo Malvern Prep Audubon, PA Def
Nate Carlton NewTrier Winnetka, IL LSM
Kevin Justice St. Thomas Aquinas Fort Lauderdale, FL Mid
Sean Sweeney Downingtown East Exton, PA Def
Tyler Wuchte Garden City Garden City, NY Mid
Cooper Mazurczak Governor's Academy Boxford, MA LSM, Def
James Corasaniti Fordham Prep Eastchester, NY Goal
Will Kirshner Harrison Harrison, NY Mid, Faceoff
Brian Reda Pleasantville Pleasantville, NY Att
Patrick Drake Salesianum Wilmington, DE Att
Matt Russo Smithtown East St. James, NY Mid
Connor Keenan Victor Victor, NY Mid
Jack Trelo Neuqua Valley Neuqua Valley, IL Mid
Jack Gorman John Jay Cross River, NY Mid
Kyle Borda Gonzaga Kensington, MD Mid
David Dorsett Bishop Ireton Fairfax, VA Mid
Regan Quinn Chaminade Rockville Centre, NY Att
Taylor Strough Cold Spring Harbor Cold Spring Harbor, NY Mid
Alex Calkins CBA Syracuse Syracuse, NY Mid
Luke Pederson Bainbridge Island Bainbridge Island, WA Def
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550 - 630
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1660 - 1910
25 - 28

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile for the old SAT (2400). The equivalent new SAT (1600) range is: 1200-1350.

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Applicants 9,978 4,205 5,773
% Admitted 72% 69% 73%
% Admits That Enroll 15% 14% 16%

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Majors / Programs

Here are the Bachelor degrees offered by popularity.

Business (27%)
Social Sciences (14%)
Health Professions (14%)
Communication & Journalism (11%)
Psychology (7%)
English Language & Literature (7%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (6%)
Engineering (4%)
Visual & Performing Arts (3%)
History (2%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (2%)
Foreign Languages (1%)
Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
Physical Sciences (1%)
Interdisciplinary Studies
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Computer & Information Sciences
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
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Net Price

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Sticker Price

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On Campus
Tuition & Fees$43,770
Books & Supplies$1,150
Cost of Living$13,190
Personal Expenses$1,730
Sticker Price$59,840
Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

Financial Aid

89% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Grant or Scholarship
Federal Grants13%$4,463
Pell Grants13%$4,034
Other Federal3%$1,585
State & Local Grants9%$2,523
Institutional Grants85%$19,905
Student Loan Aid
Federal Loans56%$5,710
Other Loans11%$21,487
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Per Student
Financial Assets $313 Million $61,115
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 1.3%
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Campus Safety
On Campus
In Residence Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape 4 4
Fondling 4 4
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault 1 1
Burglary 10 10
Motor Vehicle Theft - -
Arson 1 1

In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.

Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

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