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Denison University

Men's D3
Coach: Mike Caravana
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3 / 10
2,277 Undergrads / 2,277 Students
9 / 10
$32,023 Net Price
9 / 10
44% Admitted
Team Conference
North Coast (NCAC)
College Type
4-year, Private non-profit
Campus Type
Suburb: Small
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Student-to-faculty Ratio

9 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year


Overall Graduation Rate


Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

77% / 80%

Calendar System


Religious Affiliation



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

With an accelerated recruiting process young players feel more pressure to commit early rather than assess all their possible college options. The question on recruits’ minds is often where can I commit to play lacrosse? Instead young players should consider asking themselves where can I find the best balance between academics and lacrosse. The best ‘fit’ for a young player will be a school that allows them to develop into a well-rounded person who reaches their potential academically and athletically.

This week we caught up with Michael Caravana, the head coach of Denison University. Currently, the Big Red are 7-0 and are ranked 5th in the Division III USILA Top 20 Poll. Coach Caravana has been at the helm of the program for over 20 years and is one of the winningest coaches in college lacrosse. He draws his knowledge of the game from his playing experience at the University of Virginia, where he was a 4x All American, and from his coaching days as an assistant at Brown and an assistant for the U.S. Men’s National team.

Coach Caravana believes that good players become great players when they can compete at their best on a consistent basis. This starts with preparation off the field and a strong desire to get better every day.

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

It’s important for young players to realize that the level of competition at the top Division III programs is similar to the competition at mid-tier Division I schools.

Division III athletes may also find a greater life balance. In the offseason, there are less practices and players have time to do other things like study abroad. Ultimately, a player controls their commitment level and how much they will improve as a player in the offseason.

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

Contacting a coach directly is always effective. Give the coach a highlight film so that the coaching staff can assess your game. Being a good student is important also. Coaches look at indicators like GPA and sometimes standardized test scores.

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

It’s important to have a combination of athleticism and lacrosse skills. Being highly competitive and having the ability to play hard is great too. Most freshmen do not contribute to their teams as freshmen. But being able to compete and get better as a lacrosse player and an athlete ensures that a young player will develop into a contributing member.

What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?

The ability to constantly get better is important. This starts with practice habits and preparation. Do not give your coaches mediocre effort. At the college level, lacrosse becomes AP lacrosse, not Honors lacrosse. Good students cannot expect to do well when they turn in B or B- work. Students need to turn in A or A+ work in order to truly succeed. The same goes for lacrosse.

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

With top Division 1 programs picking their players earlier on we’re given another pool of lacrosse players. We have the ability to identify good recruits, but also find players who fit academically. It becomes less about lacrosse and more about where a student fits as a person and as a student-athlete.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Denison University or Mike Caravana.

Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Ohio. They also play in Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In the past they have played in Maryland for a mid-season tournament.

Recruit Commits
Cooper Durst Olentangy Orange Lewis Center, OH Att, Mid
Eric Pincus Wilmington Friends School Wilmington, DE Att, Mid
Joey Rochte Hingham Hingham, MA Def
Chris Cara Conestoga Berwyn, PA Att
Jack Treangen Radnor Radnor, PA Def, LSM
Kevin Roberts Porter-Gaud Charleston, SC Mid, Faceoff
Eric Pincus Wilmington Friends Wilmington, DE Att
T.J. Spahn Kiski School Saltsburg, PA Goal
Brendan Kazanjian Bullis School Olney, MD Def, LSM
Kevin Edmonds Choate Rosemary Hall Fairfield, CT Mid
Hart Swan Palos Verdes Palos Verdes Estates, CA Def
Sean Bailey Conestoga Berwyn, PA Mid
Carter Hitchcock Carmel/Culver Academy Carmel, IN Def
Jack Scalia The Heights School McLean, VA Def, LSM
Devin Irvin Hingham Hingham, MA Mid
Enrique Rodriguez Hudson Hudson, OH Def
Nick Loconte Duxbury Duxbury, MA Att
Peter Sullivan Thayer Academy Braintree, MA Att, Mid
Jack Phipps Bolles School Jacksonville, FL Mid
Sam Asman Millbrook School Roswell, GA Mid
Jack Frasier Charlotte Christian Charlotte, NC Def, LSM
J.C. Sipher South Lakes Reston, VA Att
Chase Lynch Santa Margarita Catholic San Juan Capistrano, CA Mid, Faceoff
Jamie Tolan Pelham Memorial Pelham, NY Mid, Faceoff
Ryan Candel Lynbrook Lynbrook, NY Att
Owen Sappington Detroit Country Day Birmingham, MI Mid
Maxwell Rieser Avon Old Farms Mill Valley, CA Mid
Tucker Root Fox Chapel Pittsburgh, PA Att
Stephen Paras Barrington Barrington, RI Goal
Brant Pittman Conestoga Berwyn, PA Mid
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Denison University Coaches

Denison Lacrosse Prospect Day Clinic

"The Denison University men’s lacrosse staff invite you to attend our annual Prospect Day Clinic."
Jun 3, 2018
Granville, OH
Men, 13 - 18
100 West College St
Granville, OH, 43023
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Test Scores

Critical Reading
590 - 680
600 - 700
1190 - 1380
28 - 30
26 - 31
28 - 32

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.

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Applicants 6,881 2,977 3,904
% Admitted 44% 42% 45%
% Admits That Enroll 21% 23% 20%

Admission Considerations

High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Transcript
College Prep Classes
Demonstrate Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
TOEFL (English proficiency)
Admissions Office

Majors / Programs

Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

Social Sciences (26%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (14%)
Communication & Journalism (11%)
Psychology (9%)
English Language & Literature (7%)
Visual & Performing Arts (6%)
Education (5%)
History (4%)
Mathematics & Statistics (4%)
Foreign Languages (3%)
Natural Resources & Conservation (3%)
Physical Sciences (3%)
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies (2%)
Philosophy & Religious Studies (1%)
Computer & Information Sciences (1%)
Legal Professions
Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Athlete Graduation Rate

Net Price

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).

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Sticker Price

Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

On Campus
Tuition & Fees$48,960
Books & Supplies$1,000
Cost of Living$11,970
Personal Expenses$1,200
Sticker Price$63,130
Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

Financial Aid

98% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.
% Receiving Aid
Avg. Aid Amount
Type of Aid
Grant or Scholarship97%$28,537
Federal Grants21%$5,510
Pell Grants20%$4,685
Other Federal20%$1,102
State & Local Grants5%$2,149
Institutional Grants97%$27,238
Student Loans58%$6,988
Federal Loans57%$4,163
Other Loans34%$4,934
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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

Per Student
Financial Assets $724 Million $317,876
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 1.5%
Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.5%.
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Campus Safety
On Campus
In Residence Halls
Criminal Offenses
Murder - -
Negligent Manslaughter - -
Rape 5 4
Fondling 1 1
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault - -
Burglary 2 2
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
Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
Enrollment ProfileExclusively undergraduate four-year
Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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