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Widener University

Men's D3
Coach: Jamie Lockard
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6 / 10
3,597 Undergrads / 6,402 Students
9 / 10
$28,335 Net Price
4 / 10
70% Admitted
Team Conference
Middle Atlantic (MAC)
College Type
4-year, Private non-profit
Campus Type
Suburb: Large
Student Body

Undergrad Breakdown

Student-to-faculty Ratio

13 to 1

Return For Sophomore Year


Overall Graduation Rate


Graduate On Time / in 6 Years

42% / 57%

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

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.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Widener University or Brendan Dawson.

Team Road Trips

Most games are scheduled in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The team has also traveled to New York in the past.

Recruit Commits
Gabriel Corino West Deptford West Deptford, NJ Att, Mid
Michael Buczek DePaul Catholic Wyckoff, NJ Att
Sean Gibson Bergen Catholic Oradell, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Tommy Fredericks Haverford Haverford, PA Def
Campbell Garrison Appoquinimink Middletown, DE Mid
Kyle Pollick Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Mid
James Lyons Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Att, Mid
Ian O'Neill Parkland Schnecksville, PA Att
Kyle Romstad Petaluma High School Petaluma, CA Def, LSM
Drew Dunn Freehold Township Freehold, NJ Att
Mat Anderson Gorham Gorham, ME Def
Carter Landry Gorham Gorham, ME Goal
Nick Dilorio Haverford Haverford, PA Mid
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
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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460 - 550
470 - 580
930 - 1130
20 - 24
20 - 27
21 - 26

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Applicants 5,176 2,085 3,091
% Admitted 70% 72% 68%
% Admits That Enroll 20% 21% 20%

Admission Considerations

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High School Rank
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Majors / Programs

Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

Health Professions (28%)
Business (19%)
Engineering (14%)
Psychology (9%)
Computer & Information Sciences (5%)
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
Social Sciences (4%)
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (4%)
Education (3%)
Communication & Journalism (3%)
Public Admin. & Social Services (2%)
English Language & Literature (1%)
History (1%)
Legal Professions (1%)
Liberal Arts & Sciences (1%)
Physical Sciences (1%)
Foreign Languages
Mathematics & Statistics
Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Resources & Conservation
Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies
Visual & Performing Arts

Net Price

Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


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

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Sticker Price

Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

On Campus
Tuition & Fees$42,870
Books & Supplies$1,300
Cost of Living$14,424
Personal Expenses$1,728
Sticker Price$60,322
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 Scholarship96%$27,016
Federal Grants28%$4,501
Pell Grants28%$4,019
Other Federal27%$515
State & Local Grants26%$3,530
Institutional Grants95%$25,081
Student Loans82%$10,574
Federal Loans81%$5,775
Other Loans24%$16,553
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All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

Per Student
Financial Assets $80.9 Million $12,635
Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.
3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 4.4%
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 - -
Fondling 2 1
Incest - -
Statutory Rape - -
Robbery - -
Aggravated Assault 1 -
Burglary 5 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 ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity
Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Professional-dominant
Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
Size and SettingFour-year, medium, primarily residential

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