Fairfield University

Men's D1 Coach: Andy Copelan
Profile
Size
6 / 10
4,113 Undergrads / 5,192 Students
Cost
10 / 10
$37,799 Net Price
Selectivity
6 / 10
61% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Colonial Ath. (CAA)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Large

Student Body
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
Enrollment
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geography
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
Ethnicity
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
90%
Overall Graduation Rate
81%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
81%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
Brethren Church
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

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
2020
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Champ Doyle Malvern Prep Spring City, PA Att, Mid
Cam Barisano Westford Academy Westford, MA Mid
Luke Mercer John Jay Cross River, NY Mid
 
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Paul Medrick Padua Franciscan High School Strongsville, OH Def, LSM
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
Cooper Mazurczak Governor's Academy/Avon Old Farms Boxford, MA LSM, Def
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
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
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
Trevor Ford Thomas Webster, NY Att
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
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Fairfield University Coaches
Sep 30 '18
Fairfield, CT
 
Men's 13-18
Oct 27 '18
Fairfield, CT
 
Men's 13-18
Feb 24 '19
Fairfield, CT
 
Men's 13-18
Location
1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT, 06824, Fairfield, CT, 06824 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Hartford Connecticut Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Providence Rhode Island Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Denver Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
Where Grads Work
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • PwC
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • GE Capital
  • GE
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Merrill Lynch
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Pitney Bowes
  • UBS
  • Bank of America
  • J.P. Morgan
  • UnitedHealth Group
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Accounting
  • Program and Project Management
  • Legal
Data from
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
550 - 630
Math
560 - 640
Total
1110 - 1270
ACT
Composite
25 - 28

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 550 - 640 for SAT

GPA
SAT Math
SAT Reading
ACT

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

Free ACT and SAT test prep

Free SAT test prep

Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 11,218 4,564 6,654
% Admitted 61% 61% 60%
% Admits That Enroll 15% 15% 15%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.48 (weighted)
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
     
    Required
    Recommended Rec.
    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Recommendations
    Demonstrate Competencies
    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
    Admissions Office
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (40%)
    Health Professions (14%)
    Communication & Journalism (10%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (6%)
    Social Sciences (6%)
    Psychology (6%)
    English Language & Literature (5%)
    Engineering (4%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (2%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (2%)
    History (1%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences (1%)
    Foreign Languages (1%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (1%)
    Physical Sciences (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Natural Resources & Conservation
    Education
    Computer & Information Sciences
    Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
    Athlete Graduation Rate
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $37,799

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

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

    Net price calculator

    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

     
    Undergraduate
     
    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$47,165
    Books & Supplies$1,150
    Cost of Living$14,280
    Personal Expenses$1,730
     
    Sticker Price$64,325

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    94% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship91%$24,180
    Federal Grants13%$4,996
    Pell Grants13%$4,483
    Other Federal8%$864
    State & Local Grants0%$4,097
    Institutional Grants90%$23,633
     
    Student Loans61%$9,274
    Federal Loans61%$5,332
    Other Loans11%$23,314

    Financial aid office

    Free scholarship search

    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $349 Million $67,286

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 1.3%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.5%.

    Events Attending
    Trackable Events
    Prime Time College Experience
    Dec 2 '18
    CT: Stamford
       
       
     

    See All Events

    maybe attending; confirmed attending.
    Team Social
    Instagram
    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 3 3
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 1
    Burglary 10 9
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    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. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

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

    Carnegie Classifications
    Category
    Classification
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Comprehensive programs
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, highly residential

    Carnegie classifications provide a framework for evaluating comparable schools.

    Teams In Conference
    Similar Academic Schools