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Sacred Heart University

Men's D1
Coach: Jon Basti
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7 / 10
Size
4,997 Undergrads / 7,781 Students
10 / 10
Cost
$37,204 Net Price*
7 / 10
Selectivity
57% Admitted
Team Conference
Northeast Conf.
College Type
4-year, Private non-profit
Campus Type
Suburb: Large
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Gender
Geography
Enrollment
Ethnicity
Student-to-faculty Ratio

15 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year

82%

Overall Graduation Rate

67%

Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

59% / 67%

Calendar System

Semester

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Housing

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

Lacrosse being both the most attractive aspect of college and also one of the most misunderstood, Sacred Heart’s Coach Jon Basti weighs in on the demands and realities of playing for a Division I college program.

Being a 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, a member of the Stags’ 1996 and 1997 MAAC championship teams, coaching at Fairfield in the 2005 NCAA tourney and then again with Hartford in 2011, Coach Basti understands first-hand what it takes to compete and more importantly, be successful at the Division I level. With that said, we sat down with Coach Basti to hear about what to expect when aiming to play and study at the Division I level.

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

Look beyond lacrosse, lacrosse is a huge commitment and there are so many options available now. Your decision should be more about the school, academics and the atmosphere, not solely your lacrosse experience. Furthermore, you’ve got to love lacrosse, Division I is the best full-time job you’ll ever have, but a full-time job nonetheless. It is a battle and you have to understand that you may not see the field the first year or two and that you’ve got to forge through and take your licks because everyone surrounding you is just as talented. Do your research and make sure to have questions for the coach when speaking with them; one of the most important things as a coach is players and parents having questions about the program and the school to ensure both are the right fit.

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

Email. I read every email that comes across my inbox and so does every other coach. Regardless of how old you are, make sure to include your highlight film and your schedule so that we know where to see you play live and when. Going to the prospect days of schools you love guarantees you being seen by the coaches of that school compared to going to one showcase. In regards to knowing the details of the prospect day such as, is that prospect day full for your position, simply reach out to the coach or contact listed for that camp / clinic. Regardless of your age, you are allowed to reach out to the coach and we can respond, as long as it pertains to the clinic only, not recruiting. One last tip is to include your number, year, position, and team in your email signature, it’s good habit and also useful for coaches.

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

Depends on the year and what guys we have on the team already. We recruit very slowly to ensure each player is the right fit for our family and minimize the chances of transfers or a player not being successful. The biggest thing for us is consistent compete level, a player who keeps on fighting. We look for the “battle level” of a player, what does he do in the weight room, how is he in the locker room, how does he handle the difficult situations versus the easy situations. We want a grinder, regardless of how talented the player is because someone who is a hard-worker has developed good tendencies, which are molded over years of dedication.

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

Three things: First and foremost, stick skills because we will teach you a system. Practice playing in tight spaces, picking up ground balls, communication and moving / focusing off-ball. I can’t stress enough the fundamentals are what will help to strengthen you as a player, the wall is your best friend and the number one way to improve your stick skills.

Number two and maybe even more importantly is watch Division I lacrosse, watch all the different styles of teams and players. Watch a Denver-style, Cornell-style, Albany-style, every school you possibly can so that you can see which team matches your style of play. In addition to watching each team, find a player that plays like you play and that you can emulate. Think to yourself, “this is a player that is similar to me that I want to be like.” Not every player can be a Mikey Powell or a Paul Rabil, not because of lack of talent, but more so the style of play is just different. If you are a shifty player, find a Division I shifty player that you can follow, if you are a big, strong dodger, find a big, strong dodger.

Lastly, make sure to maintain your consistency on the field. We can tell when someone is playing hard or just “going through the motions.” No matter who you’re playing, give it your best because you never know who is watching.

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

For us, it is somewhat of a myth since we recruit so slowly, but for certain programs it is very real. Certain players are looking for certain schools and that works to our benefit. A lot of players find their friends committing to schools and they get nervous, but again, we go very slowly to make sure they fit into our family and minimize the chances of them transferring halfway through their career. Making sure that a player has done their due diligence also helps with combating the early recruiting fears that some people have. If you’ve done your research, you know that there are plenty of options for programs to play great lacrosse at. Your decision to go to college is the most important decision of your life because it sets you up for the next forty years.

Early recruiting is what it is; you shouldn’t feel pressured and have to remain patient. Researching the majors, types of student body at the school, what internships are available, the alumni base, what study halls are available, what the city is like (country or urban), all of these things are just as, if not more important than the lacrosse aspect.

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Team Road Trips

The team generally stays in the Northeast. Road games are held at Providence, RI, Stony Brook, NY, Hartford, CT and Binghamton, NY. The team also travels to Worcester, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Other trips in the past include High Point, NC.

Recruit Commits
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Jack Dillon Dover-Sherborn Dover, MA Mid
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Donovan Lacey Sherwood Olney, MD Mid
Peter Callahan Avon Old Farms Lighthouse Point, FL Goal
Logan Liljeberg LaSalle Academy Wrentham, MA Att, Mid
David Bartkus Bedford Bedford, MA Mid
Max Gilbane Kent School Rumford, RI Def
Joseph Rice St. Augustine Prep Lumberton, NJ Def, LSM
Alex Rice St. Augustine Prep Lumberton, NJ Mid
Colin Hendrickson Brewster Academy Bedford, NH Att
Jack Dillon Dover-Sherborn Dover, MA Mid
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Conor Sullivan Xaverian Brothers Westwood, MA Def
Drew Edwards La Salle Academy Wakefield, RI Att
Craig Kelleher Lasalle Academy Wrentham, MA Def
Kyle Foley South Windsor South Windsor, CT Att
Alex Weiss Brewster Academy Mirror Lake, NH Mid
Connor Severino LaSalle Academy Mattapoisett, MA Mid, Faceoff
Quinn O'Reilly St. Anthony's Rockville Centre, NY Att
Logan Liljeberg LaSalle Academy Wrentham, MA Att, Mid
Nick Pacheco Valor Christian Denver, CO Mid
Anthony Scaramucci Manhasset Manhasset, NY LSM
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Eric Mawdsley Trnity-Pawling School Innisfil, ON Att, Mid
Connor King Algonquin Regional Northborough, MA Goal
Brooks Dutton Lakeridge Lake Oswego, OR Goal
Jake Giaquinto Ward Melville Setauket, NY Mid, Faceoff
James Gadaleta Kings Park Kings Park, NY Mid
Austin Pavone Ridgefield Ridgefield, CT Def
Matthew Wielk Notre Dame-West Haven West Haven, CT Mid
Joe Tofallos Valley Central Montgomery, NY Att
Jake Lindahl Issaquah Issaquah, WA Mid
Tyler Reynolds Regis Jesuit Parker, CO Def
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions
 
Events By Sacred Heart University Coaches

Sacred Heart Prospect Day Winter II

"Prospect Days provide high school aged student-athletes the experience of practicing and playing like a Sacred Heart Pioneer."
Dec 3, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 13 - 18

Pioneer Prospect Camp

"The Pioneer Prospect Camp is an opportunity for players that aspire to play at the collegiate level."
Jul 31, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 15 - 18

Pioneer Prospect Camp

"The Pioneer Prospect Camp is an opportunity for players that aspire to play at the collegiate level."
Jul 20, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 15 - 18

Pioneer 120

"The Pioneer 120 is an opportunity for players that aspire to play at the collegiate level."
Jul 16, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 15 - 18

Sacred Heart University Pioneer Overnight/Extended Day Camp

"Sacred Heart University Pioneers Overnight/Extended Day Lacrosse Camp The premier instructional overnight camp in Connecticut "
Jul 13, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 8 - 14

Sacred Heart University Pioneer Overnight/Extended Day Camp

"Sacred Heart University Pioneers Overnight/Extended Day Lacrosse Camp The premier instructional overnight camp in Connecticut "
Jul 10, 2017
Fairfield, CT
Men, 8 - 13
Location
5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT, 06825
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Academics

Test Scores

SAT
Critical Reading
490 - 620
Math
500 - 630
Writing
470 - 630
Total
1460 - 1880
ACT
English
N/A
Math
N/A
Writing
N/A
Composite
22 - 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: 1070-1340.

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Admissions

 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 9,114 3,362 5,752
% Admitted 57% 53% 60%
% Admits That Enroll 27% 29% 25%

Admission Considerations

 
Required
Recommended
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Transcript
College Prep Classes
Recommendations
Demonstrate Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
TOEFL
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Majors / Programs

Here are the Bachelor degrees offered by popularity.

Health Professions (28%)
Business (27%)
Psychology (12%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (5%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (5%)
Communication & Journalism (4%)
Social Sciences (4%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (3%)
Public Admin. & Social Services (3%)
English Language & Literature (3%)
History (2%)
Visual & Performing Arts (2%)
Philosophy & Religious Studies (1%)
Physical Sciences (1%)
Computer & Information Sciences (1%)
Mathematics & Statistics
Interdisciplinary Studies
Foreign Languages
Athlete Graduation Rate
 
Financial

Net Price

Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

$37,204

Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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Sticker Price

Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

 
Undergraduate
 
On Campus
Tuition & Fees$35,750
Books & Supplies$1,200
Cost of Living$13,514
Personal Expenses$3,800
 
Sticker Price$54,264
Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

Financial Aid

100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.
 
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Grant or Scholarship
Federal Grants18%$5,241
Pell Grants17%$4,331
Other Federal12%$1,404
State & Local Grants11%$2,439
Institutional Grants99%$14,240
 
Student Loan Aid
Federal Loans68%$5,457
Other Loans14%$21,608
 
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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

 
 
Total
Per Student
Endowment
Financial Assets $137 Million $17,615
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
 
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.5%
 
Events Attending
Trackable Events

Prime Time College Experience 2017

Oct 29 '17
CT: Stamford

FLG in 3D Summer Shootout

Jul 14-16 '17
MD: Boyds

Blatant Exposure Showcase

Jul 13 '17
NY: Garden City

FLG Legit 120

Jun 27-29 '17
NY: Brookville

All Canada Mens

Jun 27-29 '17
ON: Oshawa

FLG Big Ten Classic

Jun 23-25 '17
NY: Brookville

Denver Shootout

Jun 16-18 '17
CO: Commerce City

Summer Champions League

Jun 16-18 '17
PA: Pottstown

3d Colorado Showcase

Jun 15 '17
CO: Commerce City

NYLA Summer Showcase

Jun 10 '17
NY: Garden City
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Campus Safety
 
On Campus
In Residence Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape - -
Fondling 1 1
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault - -
Burglary 5 3
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 -
Arson - -

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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