Sacred Heart University

Men's D1 Coach: Jon Basti
7 / 10
5,974 Undergrads / 8,958 Students
10 / 10
$41,403 Net Price
6 / 10
60% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Northeast Conf. (NEC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Large

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
63% / 70%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
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

Lacrosse being both the most attractive aspect of college and also one of the most misunderstood, Sacred Heart’s Coach Jon Basti weighs in on the demands and realities of playing for a Division I college program.

Being a 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, a member of the Stags’ 1996 and 1997 MAAC championship teams, coaching at Fairfield in the 2005 NCAA tourney and then again with Hartford in 2011, Coach Basti understands first-hand what it takes to compete and more importantly, be successful at the Division I level. With that said, we sat down with Coach Basti to hear about what to expect when aiming to play and study at the Division I level.

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

Look beyond lacrosse, lacrosse is a huge commitment and there are so many options available now. Your decision should be more about the school, academics and the atmosphere, not solely your lacrosse experience. Furthermore, you’ve got to love lacrosse, Division I is the best full-time job you’ll ever have, but a full-time job nonetheless. It is a battle and you have to understand that you may not see the field the first year or two and that you’ve got to forge through and take your licks because everyone surrounding you is just as talented. Do your research and make sure to have questions for the coach when speaking with them; one of the most important things as a coach is players and parents having questions about the program and the school to ensure both are the right fit.

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

Email. I read every email that comes across my inbox and so does every other coach. Regardless of how old you are, make sure to include your highlight film and your schedule so that we know where to see you play live and when. Going to the prospect days of schools you love guarantees you being seen by the coaches of that school compared to going to one showcase. In regards to knowing the details of the prospect day such as, is that prospect day full for your position, simply reach out to the coach or contact listed for that camp / clinic. Regardless of your age, you are allowed to reach out to the coach and we can respond, as long as it pertains to the clinic only, not recruiting. One last tip is to include your number, year, position, and team in your email signature, it’s good habit and also useful for coaches.

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

Depends on the year and what guys we have on the team already. We recruit very slowly to ensure each player is the right fit for our family and minimize the chances of transfers or a player not being successful. The biggest thing for us is consistent compete level, a player who keeps on fighting. We look for the “battle level” of a player, what does he do in the weight room, how is he in the locker room, how does he handle the difficult situations versus the easy situations. We want a grinder, regardless of how talented the player is because someone who is a hard-worker has developed good tendencies, which are molded over years of dedication.

What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Three things: First and foremost, stick skills because we will teach you a system. Practice playing in tight spaces, picking up ground balls, communication and moving / focusing off-ball. I can’t stress enough the fundamentals are what will help to strengthen you as a player, the wall is your best friend and the number one way to improve your stick skills.

Number two and maybe even more importantly is watch Division I lacrosse, watch all the different styles of teams and players. Watch a Denver-style, Cornell-style, Albany-style, every school you possibly can so that you can see which team matches your style of play. In addition to watching each team, find a player that plays like you play and that you can emulate. Think to yourself, “this is a player that is similar to me that I want to be like.” Not every player can be a Mikey Powell or a Paul Rabil, not because of lack of talent, but more so the style of play is just different. If you are a shifty player, find a Division I shifty player that you can follow, if you are a big, strong dodger, find a big, strong dodger.

Lastly, make sure to maintain your consistency on the field. We can tell when someone is playing hard or just “going through the motions.” No matter who you’re playing, give it your best because you never know who is watching.

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

For us, it is somewhat of a myth since we recruit so slowly, but for certain programs it is very real. Certain players are looking for certain schools and that works to our benefit. A lot of players find their friends committing to schools and they get nervous, but again, we go very slowly to make sure they fit into our family and minimize the chances of them transferring halfway through their career. Making sure that a player has done their due diligence also helps with combating the early recruiting fears that some people have. If you’ve done your research, you know that there are plenty of options for programs to play great lacrosse at. Your decision to go to college is the most important decision of your life because it sets you up for the next forty years.

Early recruiting is what it is; you shouldn’t feel pressured and have to remain patient. Researching the majors, types of student body at the school, what internships are available, the alumni base, what study halls are available, what the city is like (country or urban), all of these things are just as, if not more important than the lacrosse aspect.

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Team Road Trips

The team generally stays in the Northeast. Road games are held at Providence, RI, Stony Brook, NY, Hartford, CT and Binghamton, NY. The team also travels to Worcester, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Other trips in the past include High Point, NC.

Recruit Commits
Matt Gruters Westfield High School Westfield , NJ Goal
Nick Casano St. Augustine Prep Richland , NJ Faceoff
Owen Geis IMG Academy Treasure Island, FL Def, LSM
Drew Pritts Walton Marietta, GA Mid
Morgan O'Reilly St. Anthony's Melville, NY Mid
Sal Miccio Northport Northport, NY Att
Zach Frank Hopkinton Hopkinton, MA Att, Mid
Alex Pazienza St Anthonys high school South Huntington , NY Goal
Forrester Bristol Everest Academy Thornhill, ON Mid, Faceoff
Christopher Thomas Wayzata High School Maple Grove, MN Mid, Faceoff
Nicky LaBanca Morris Knolls HS Denville, NJ Goal
Ben Palanchi Roxbury Succasunna, NJ LSM, Def
Brett Meskill Centennial Roswell, GA Def
Jack Dillon Dover-Sherborn Dover, MA Mid
John Morgan New Fairfield New Fairfield, CT Att, Mid
Matt Thrasher Vestal Vestal, NY Mid
Nick Handy Lasalle Academy Providence, RI Mid
Ryan Stout Central Bucks East Doylestown, PA Att, Mid
Jack Dillon Dover-Sherborn Dover, MA Mid
Connor Callihan Ronald Reagan HS Milwaukee, WI Faceoff
Donovan Lacey Sherwood Olney, MD Mid
Peter Callahan Avon Old Farms Lighthouse Point, FL Goal
Logan Liljeberg LaSalle Academy Wrentham, MA Att, Mid
David Bartkus Bedford Bedford, MA Mid
Max Gilbane Kent School Rumford, RI Def
Joseph Rice St. Augustine Prep Lumberton, NJ Def, LSM
Alex Rice St. Augustine Prep Lumberton, NJ Mid
Colin Hendrickson Brewster Academy Bedford, NH Att
Jack Dillon Dover-Sherborn Dover, MA Mid
Conor Sullivan Xaverian Brothers Westwood, MA Def
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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Events By Sacred Heart University Coaches
Oct 8 '18
Fairfield, CT
Men's 13-18
Dec 1 '18
Fairfield, CT
Men's 13-18
Jul 12 '19
Fairfield, CT
Men's 13-18
Oct 6 '19
Melville, NY
Men's 13-18
Oct 20 '19
Fairfield, CT
Men's 17-12
Jan 26 '20
Fairfield, CT
Men's 16-18
Feb 22 '20
Fairfield, CT
Men's 13-18
Jul 13-14 '20
Fairfield, CT
Men's 13-18
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Hartford Connecticut Area
  • New London/Norwich Connecticut Area
  • Providence Rhode Island Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Luxembourg
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
Where Grads Work
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • GE Capital
  • GE
  • People's United Bank
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Unilever
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Prudential Financial
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • Bridgeport Public Schools
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Administrative
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Support
  • Media and Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Consulting
  • Community and Social Services
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Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
490 - 620
500 - 630
1070 - 1340
22 - 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: 470 - 630 for SAT


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

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Applicants 10,742 3,773 6,969
% Admitted 60% 55% 63%
% Admits That Enroll 23% 24% 22%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.46
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  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Health Professions (23%)
    Business (19%)
    Public Admin. & Social Services (8%)
    Communication & Journalism (5%)
    Education (5%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (5%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (5%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (4%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Psychology (4%)
    Engineering (4%)
    English Language & Literature (3%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (3%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences (2%)
    Engineering Technology (2%)
    Social Sciences (2%)
    History (1%)
    Foreign Languages (1%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
    Physical Sciences (1%)
    Interdisciplinary 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$41,420
    Books & Supplies$1,200
    Cost of Living$15,310
    Personal Expenses$2,650
    Sticker Price$60,580

    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 Scholarship98%$16,243
    Federal Grants16%$4,954
    Pell Grants16%$4,366
    Other Federal10%$963
    State & Local Grants1%$2,797
    Institutional Grants98%$15,413
    Student Loans65%$10,327
    Federal Loans64%$5,342
    Other Loans14%$24,200

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $167 Million $18,688

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $25,375.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $19,500 $270

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.3%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 2,338 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $56,000

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

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


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.97 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 63% of students graduate on time.

    Events Attending
    Trackable Events
    T99 Texas Showcase
    Jun 1-2 '19
    TX: Dallas
    Prime Time College Experience
    Dec 2 '18
    CT: Stamford
    The Und1sputed Showcase Mens
    Jul 13 '18
    NY: Hicksville
    Prime Time College Experience 2017
    Oct 29 '17
    CT: Stamford
    FLG in 3D Summer Shootout
    Jul 14-16 '17
    MD: Boyds
    Blatant Exposure Showcase
    Jul 13 '17
    NY: Garden City
    maybe attending; confirmed attending.
    Team Social
    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 4 4
    Fondling 1 1
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery 1 -
    Aggravated Assault 1 -
    Burglary 4 3
    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 ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionPostbaccalaureate: Comprehensive programs
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, highly residential

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