Delaware Valley University

Men's D3 Coach: Kevin Kohout
Profile
Size
3 / 10
1,992 Undergrads / 2,422 Students
Cost
9 / 10
$29,444 Net Price
Selectivity
4 / 10
66% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    MAC Freedom Conf.

  • 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
14 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
71%
Overall Graduation Rate
56%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
46% / 56%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
None
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's Description

Mercadante was named the first-ever men’s lacrosse head coach in Delaware Valley history on August 12, 2013. After spending the first year organizing the program and recruiting, he has led the squad to 13 wins and one conference playoff appearance in just two seasons of competition. Mercadante led the 2015 edition to five wins - the most victories by an Aggie team in any sport in their inaugural season. They won the program's first-ever game, an 8-7 triumph over Immaculata University, and produced victories in three of its first four games. The Aggies notched a Freedom Conference win at Manhattanville College and saw one of their players, Danny Smith, earn a spot on the all-conference team. The 2016 squad was selected to finish sixth by the MAC Freedom coaches. However, the Aggies had a historic campaign, going 4-3 in conference play and earning the program's first-ever conference tournament berth as the fourth seed. DelVal suffered a loss in the MAC Freedom semifinals to the eventual champion, Eastern, and ended the year 8-8 overall. PJ Rafferty was named the conference's Rookie of the Year while Danny Smith received Defensive Player of the Year honors. In total, seven Aggies were chosen to the all-MAC Freedom team in just the team's second season of intercollegiate play. Prior to coming to Delaware Valley, Mercadante spent four years as a full-time assistant coach at nearby Ursinus College. He was the defensive coordinator for the Bears and also coached the man down unit as well as running the substitution box. Mercadante also served as the team’s academic, budget, recruiting and video editing/software coordinator. Ursinus posted winning records in three of Mercadante’s four years, including a 9-5 mark in 2013. That season also saw the Bears notch their first victory over a top 20 team when they defeated No. 18 York College. In 2011, Ursinus went 9-6 and reached the Centennial Conference playoffs for the first time in program history. One year earlier, Mercadante’s man down defense ranked eighth percentage-wise in Division III. Mercadante was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Dickinson College. His college career came after being a member of the four-time New Jersey state tournament champions at Delbarton School. Mercadante, who has worked numerous camps over the years including roles as the site coordinator for Champ Camp and King of the Hill, graduated from Dickinson in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in American Studies. He has also

Coach Recruiting Interview

Be proactive and take a real interest in learning more about a specific university or college are the first steps for placing yourself on a college coaches radar. Asking specific questions and sending personalized emails to coaches are great ways to catch a coach’s attention and further increase the likelihood that you’ll be recruited.

We spoke with Delaware Valley College Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Gary Mercadante about college lacrosse’s recruiting landscape and what it takes to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Mercadante joined Delaware Valley just two months after it announced the addition of five new NCAA Division III sports. In its 2015 inaugural season, DelVal welcomes it’s first recruiting class and will compete in the MAC Freedom conference.

What advice do you have for players interested in playing DIII lacrosse?

First, determine the type of school you are interested in based on things such as size, majors offered, and location. There are a wide variety of DIII colleges that offer lacrosse and this will help you narrow down your search.

Focus on your academics. Your success in the classroom will help you in the admissions process and financially. DIII institutions cannot offer athletic scholarships, but many offer excellent academic scholarships. Most student-athletes do not realize until it is too late that their performance in the classroom can greatly impact the cost of their college tuition.

What’s the best way to get on your recruiting radar? Any things recruits shouldn’t do?

Be proactive in the process. If you are interested in a school reach out to the coach with a personal email. Let us know why you are interested and where you will be playing (tournaments, club team, etc.) Our staff makes a point during the summer to try to see every student-athlete that emails us.

Do your research. I am impressed when I speak with a student-athlete who is knowledgeable about our college, what we offer, and our program. It demonstrates you have taken the time to educate yourself about us and have a legitimate interest in the school and our team.

Take ownership of the college search process. Players often make the mistake of mass emailing coaches or having their parents send emails for them. Coaches can tell when an email has been sent to 50 coaches because it is generic and sometimes addressed to the wrong coach or college. These are the ones we often disregard. Also, make sure to clear your voicemail so a college coach can leave you a message.

What’s a question you wished recruits asked you more during the recruiting process?

Asking about coaching style is important. Every coach is different and you want to find out early if you fit into their system and coaching style. Also, ask what the coach envisions your role being on and off the field.

What are a few indicators that help you determine whether a good high school player will become a great college player?

We look for tough athletes who play with a competitive edge. We want players who consistently work hard to improve their game and hone their skills. I am always watching off-ball during recruiting events to see who does the “little things” well (communication, cutting, setting screens, etc.). We try to identify these things throughout the process.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Delaware Valley College?

Our student-athletes are well balanced, which is an important part of the college process and of preparing them for life after graduation. 100% of our students will gain real world experience before graduation. DelVal is one of the few colleges in the country that requires an experiential learning component, individualized to each student’s major. Our students are building their careers from day one and ending with the creation of professional portfolios that incorporate experiences such as internships, study abroad, research and civic engagement.

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

While it has not changed my direct approach to recruiting, the D1 model of early recruiting has impacted the number of great lacrosse players that are still looking for a college as juniors and seniors. A lot of them are players that either peaked late in their high school careers or did not get a chance to start until their junior or senior year.

Recruits are now reaching out to us to express their interest earlier and earlier in the process. It can be a positive as long as the student-athletes do their research and focus on finding the right school for them.

Even with all of the changes in the recruiting landscape, we still find many of our players at showcases/tournaments and by speaking with high school and club coaches.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Delaware Valley College or Gary Mercadante.

Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Pennsylvania. They also play in New York, Virginia, and New Jersey.

Recruit Commits
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Travis Berman River Dell Regional River Edge, NJ Att
Chris Morgado Pope John Paul II Royersford, PA Att, Mid
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Ben Napieralski Lancaster High School Lancaster, NY Att
Christian Kobosko Delaware Military Academy Newark, DE Def, LSM
Ben Napieralski Lancaster Lancaster, NY Att
Jeff Marshall Hatboro-Horsham Ambler, PA Def
Chris Dearden Hatboro-Horsham Ambler, PA Mid, Faceoff
Onge. Lucien St York Suburban York, PA Mid
Anthony Zervoudis Highland School Warrenton, VA Mid
Sean Mylod Howell Howell, NJ Def
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Matthew Waibel Avon Grove West Grove, PA Att
Brandon Keller Bel Air Bel Air, MD Att
Stefan Jones Stamford Stamford, CT Def
Andrew Looney Middleburg Academy Middleburg, VA Mid
Mitchell Tice Cedar Crest Lebanon, PA Att
Jerad Wilson Avon Grove Avondale, PA Def
Lou Martorella Commack Commack, NY Mid, Faceoff
Alex Gundersen Berks Catholic Sinking Spring, PA Att
Orterro Felton Columbia Maplewood, NJ Mid, Def
Paul Intini Allentown Central Catholic Hellertown, PA Mid, Faceoff
Timmy Russell Mount St. Joseph Catonsville, MD Goal
George Frueh Jackson Liberty Jackson, NJ Def
Jadon Mitchell Liverpool Syracuse, NY Def
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Kyle Bilder Walkersville Frederick, MD Att
Dylan Brasch Clearview Regional Sewell, NJ Mid
Connor Cigrang North Carroll Hampstead, MD Def
Bryan Thompson Roxbury Ledgewood, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Noah Brenizer Northern York Dillsburg, PA Def, LSM
Matt Laurence Centreville Centreville, VA Mid
Jake Franks Marple Newtown Newtown Square, PA Mid
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Location
700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown, PA, 18901, Doylestown, PA, 18901 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Allentown Pennsylvania Area
  • Harrisburg Pennsylvania Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Reading Pennsylvania Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Lancaster Pennsylvania Area
  • Scranton Pennsylvania Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • York Pennsylvania Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
Where Grads Work
  • Merck
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • GSK
  • Prudential Financial
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Army National Guard
  • Wells Fargo
  • USDA
  • Pfizer
  • US Army
  • Penn State University
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • ADP
What Grads Do
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research
  • Support
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative
  • Finance
  • Program and Project Management
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
430 - 550
Math
480 - 570
Total
950 - 1180
ACT
English
17 - 24
Math
17 - 25
Composite
19 - 25

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: 410 - 530 for SAT; 6 - 8 for ACT

GPA
SAT Math
SAT Reading
ACT

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

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 2,405 1,189 1,216
% Admitted 66% 60% 73%
% Admits That Enroll 26% 25% 27%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.3
  • 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.

    Agriculture (35%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (17%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (17%)
    Business (16%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (4%)
    Psychology (3%)
    Physical Sciences (2%)
    Architecture (1%)
    Communication & Journalism (1%)
    Education (1%)
    English Language & Literature (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (1%)
    Personal & Culinary Services (1%)
    Computer & Information Sciences
    Athlete Graduation Rate
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $29,444

    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$38,000
    Books & Supplies$1,000
    Cost of Living$13,950
    Personal Expenses$1,800
     
    Sticker Price$54,750

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship100%$22,581
    Federal Grants35%$4,934
    Pell Grants35%$4,711
    Other Federal14%$563
    State & Local Grants25%$3,768
    Institutional Grants100%$19,925
     
    Student Loans86%$10,445
    Federal Loans86%$6,035
    Other Loans21%$18,122

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $32.4 Million $13,375

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $25,700.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $16,500 $273

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 5.6%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,166 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $42,100

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.

    Payback

    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.93 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 46% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 1 1
    Fondling - -
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 1
    Burglary 8 8
    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: Small Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Business-dominant, with other professional programs
    Enrollment ProfileVery high undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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