Fairfield University

Men's D1 Coach: Andrew Baxter
6 / 10
4,177 Undergrads / 5,273 Students
10 / 10
$39,546 Net Price
7 / 10
57% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Colonial Ath. (CAA)

  • 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
12 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
80% / 83%
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

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
Andrew Tilton Trinity-Pawling School Kingston, MA Mid, Faceoff
John Flynn Kings Park High School Kings Park, NY Mid
Hunter Moriarity St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH) Cleveland, OH Mid, Att
Walker Hunter Shore Regional High School Oceanport, NJ Goal
Keegan Lynch Charles W Baker Baldwinsville, NY Att, Mid
James Krieg Comsewogue Port Jefferson Station, NY Mid
John Okupski Lawrenceville Lawrenceville, NJ Mid
Lars Heimlich Islip HS Islip, NY Def
Jack LaBanca Pope John XXIII Regional High School Sparta, NJ Mid, Faceoff
Jason LaMay, JR Commack HS Commack, NY Mid
Kevin Dolan Ward Melville East Setauket, NY Mid, Att
Tyler Davide Sachem North High School Lake Ronkonkoma , NY Def
Harry Griff Yorktown HS Yorktown Heights, NY Att
Devon Lucky Sanford School Hockessin, DE Att
Jake Gilbert Xaverian Brothers HS Westwood, MA Att
Henry D'Ambrogi Cape Henlopen HS Lewes, DE Mid
Will Snyder St Anthony's HS Huntington Station, NY Goal
Jason Lamay Commack HS Commack, NY Mid
Jonny Lewis Sanford H Calhoun HS Merrick, NY Faceoff
Owen Hirsch Manheim Township High School Lancaster, PA Goal
PJ McGoldrick West Islip High School West Islip, NY LSM, Def
Aidan McLane Westfield High School Westfield , NJ Att, Mid
Chris Adornato Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse Syracuse, NY Mid
Josh Demko Carthage senior high school Carthage , NY Mid
James Kapralos Carle Place Carle Place, NY Def
Dylan Johannes Royal bay secondary school Victoria , BC Att, Mid
Tim Lucky Sanford School Hockessin, DE Faceoff
Christopher DeBellis Ramapo HS Franklin Lakes, NJ LSM
Rory Thompson Chenango Valley HS Binghamton, NY Def
Matthew Rice Loyola Blakefield Baltimore, MD Mid
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
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Where Grads Work
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  • Morgan Stanley
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What Grads Do
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
550 - 630
600 - 680
1200 - 1350
26 - 30

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

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Applicants 12,315 4,900 7,415
% Admitted 57% 57% 57%
% Admits That Enroll 17% 17% 16%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.48 (weighted)
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (37%)
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (15%)
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (15%)
    Finance, General (13%)
    Communication & Journalism (11%)
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General (11%)
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric (9%)
    Accounting (8%)
    Engineering (6%)
    Psychology, General (6%)
    Psychology (6%)
    Social Sciences (6%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Mechanical Engineering (3%)
    English Language & Literature (3%)
    English Language and Literature, General (3%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (3%)
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    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$49,830
    Books & Supplies$1,150
    Cost of Living$15,150
    Personal Expenses$1,730
    Sticker Price$67,860

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    96% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship94%$25,777
    Federal Grants10%$5,806
    Pell Grants10%$4,809
    Other Federal7%$1,543
    State & Local Grants0%$1,000
    Institutional Grants94%$25,134
    Student Loans54%$9,272
    Federal Loans53%$5,420
    Other Loans9%$23,543

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $332 Million $62,936

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $23,000 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 1.3%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 1,367 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $72,100

    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: 4.53 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 80% 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 5 5
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 1 1
    Burglary 8 7
    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 InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, 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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