12 to 1
37% / 53%
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman
Brendan Dawson is one of the great young coaches in the game today. He’s a strong recruiter with a clear perspective on the recruiting process. In his three-year run as Widener University head men’s lacrosse coach Dawson led his team to two league final appearances where his team captured a conference title in 2012. This season the Pride finished strong reaching the league semifinals while Dawson was named 2014 Coach of the Year for the Comonwealth Conference, one of the toughest in DIII.
Brendan can speak from experience when he tells his players what it takes to be the best. At Salisbury, he was a two-time captain and also a first team all conference player. He won two national championships in his four years at Salisbury. When asked about what makes a championship team, he says it boils down to hard work. It’s simple advice, but the process isn’t easy.
What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?
Make a list of things that are important to you as a student. School size, class size, and location are some of the big considerations.
Think about how a school can prepare you for a career. Not everyone is going to know what they want to do, but it’s helpful to do some research. It doesn’t make sense to pay a ton of money for a college that doesn’t offer you what you want academically.
What’s a question you wished players asked you more during the recruiting process?
Ask what it’s like being an athlete at the college or university. A recruit might have different expectations for the program. Meeting those expectations or not meeting them determines how much the recruit will enjoy his experience. Think about the level of commitment a program requires because it’s different at each school.
“Do practices start as soon as I show up at school?” “Who runs practices in the offseason–captains, players, coaches?”
Knowing more about the program and how the coach runs it will give recruits a clearer understanding.
What indications help you determine if a good high school player will be a great college player?
Work ethic. Someone that works hard and wants to get better is the type of player that excels in college lacrosse. I look for multi-sport athletes because they are the ones spending their extra time outside of lacrosse working out and training. They dedicate extra hours to football or basketball practice because they like competing and enjoy being active. When they get to college I know they’ll be ready and willing to work hard for us in the offseason.
What’s special about Widener?
Our guys have a lot of options in terms of academics. We have guys majoring in everything from biomedical engineering to criminal justice and physical therapy. There’s a major for everyone. Most of our lacrosse players study at the school of engineering or at the business school.
How has the accelerated recruiting process impacted your approach to recruiting?
I think it’s starting to affect us in different ways. Most coaches will agree that there’s a trickle down effect. Players hear about their buddies committing early to schools and feel pressure to commit early as well.
Widener’s rolling admissions process helps our recruits move through the college search at their own pace. Students take time to consider their options carefully. Also, our coaching staff and admissions office spends more time on each applicant individually. We aren’t flooded by applications around one or two deadlines instead we get applications and commitments on a continuous basis.
Can you tell us about your experience going through the recruiting process? What mishaps or challenges did you face and how did you deal with them?
Coaches place a lot of emphasis on overnight visits. There’s a reason for that. I spent an overnight visit at a school I thought I really liked. On my visit I learned things about the student life and the school that I didn’t like. Sometimes the slightest mishaps can cause a recruit to change their mind. In my case, one of my top schools turned out to be the wrong fit for me.
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Most games are scheduled in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The team has also traveled to New York in the past.
|Jason Plazer||Shawnee||Medford, NJ||Mid|
|Matt Coppola||River Dell||Oradell, NJ||Att, Mid|
|Danny Ferreri||Garnet Valley||Garnet Valley, PA||Att, Mid|
|John Dunbar||Appoquinimink||Middletown, DE||Att, Mid|
|Will Harvey||State College||State College, PA||Mid, Att|
|Michael Romefelt||McDonogh School||Baltimore, MD||Goal|
|James Arbisi||Wilton||Wilton, CT||Att|
|Colin Savacool||Paul VI||Haddonfield, NJ||Mid, Faceoff|
|Ryan Schultz||Penncrest||Media, PA||Def|
|Josh Ferguson||Cumberland Valley||Mechanicsburg, PA||Def, LSM|
|Tim Certeza||Calvert Hall||Baltimore, MD||Mid|
|Kyle Groark||Delran||Delran, NJ||Mid|
|Husam Shabazz||St. Andrews Episcopal School||Silver Spring , MD||Def, LSM|
|Matthew Horton||Emmaus||Emmaus, PA||Goal|
|Bryan Facciani||Chesapeake AA||Pasadena, MD||Def|
|Brady Franks||State College||State College, PA||Att|
|Anthony Brunetti||Lenape||Shamong, NJ||Att|
|Matthew Jun||River Hill||Clarksville, MD||Mid, Faceoff|
|Gavin Kirkwood||Ridge||Basking Ridge, NJ||Att|
|Joel Given||Hunterdon Central||Flemington, NJ||Goal|
|Ryan Yost||York Suburban||York, PA||Mid|
|% Admits That Enroll||21%||22%||19%|
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Here are the Bachelor degrees offered by popularity.
Health Professions (26%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (5%)
Social Sciences (4%)
Public Admin. & Social Services (3%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (3%)
Communication & Journalism (2%)
Computer & Information Sciences (2%)
English Language & Literature (2%)
Physical Sciences (2%)
Natural Resources & Conservation (1%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (1%)
Mathematics & Statistics
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
Visual & Performing Arts
Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.
Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.
Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).
Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.
|Tuition & Fees||$39,830|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200|
|Cost of Living||$13,388|
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Grant or Scholarship
|State & Local Grants||30%||$3,699|
Student Loan Aid
|Financial aid office|
|Free scholarship search|
All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.
|Financial Assets||$90.2 Million||$18,366|
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
|3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 5.4%|
In Residence Halls
|Motor Vehicle Theft||-||-|
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.