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Year in and year out, the Chapman University Panthers are in the hunt for a national championship. They have earned a spot in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championship tournament every year since 2008, and made it to the Final Four in 2014 for the fourth time. Chapman offers a somewhat unique opportunity within the MCLA for players looking for a smaller campus (average class size of less than 30 students) and a chance to play for a national championship.

I want to play lacrosse at Chapman University what is the best way to start the recruiting process?
Fill out a recruit questionnaire and email Head Coach Dallas Hartley at and let him know you are interested.  If possible, include a highlight tape and coach’s recommendation along with any offseason camps you are attending and when you plan to visit Chapman.

What recruiting events does the coach typically attend?  
Cali Gold, Adrenaline Shootout, Adrenaline High Rollers, Adrenaline Showcase, Pac Lax Recruiting Showcase, etc.  Virtually everything in CA.

How often does your team practice and for how many hours (Fall and Spring)?
Fall:  Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for 2.5 – 3 hours.

Spring:  5-6 days a week depending on Game Week.   4:30 – 7:00pm midweek.

What about off the field conditioning?
Twice a week in the Fall and Spring on the field and in the Athlete’s weight room with Coach Leneau a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach that is on our staff.

How many games do you play per year?
~ 17 regular season games and playoffs can add up to 6 more games.  We always try to schedule as many games as we can and have one of the toughest schedules in the MCLA year in and year out.

Does your team travel out of town (Fall & Spring)?
In the Fall we take two bus trips: Santa Barbara and San Diego.

In the Spring we take two bus trips and at least one Flight trip.  Each year is different depending on our schedule…  In the past 4 years we’ve been to: Colorado (4 times), Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California.

Any other commitments like fund raising or community service?
There are no mandatory fundraising engagements for our players unless they want to help themselves collect dues.  We try do a community service project of different sorts once a year.

Does the lacrosse coach have any influence on the admissions process?
Yes.  We work directly with admissions by giving them a recruiting list of the players that we’d really like to have and keep those lines of communication open.  The student still needs to qualify on their own.  However, Admissions may take into account our recruit listed players who are on the bubble when comparing them to other applicants.

In general, what are the minimum academic standards at your school?
~ 3.5 GPA

What are the three best things about playing lacrosse at Chapman University?

  1. We are the only program of our kind at the top of the MCLA.  ~6,000 students, small class sizes, and a beautiful campus in Southern California.
  2. We run our program like a varsity program.  The Head Coach is employed through the Athletic Dept, not a “club” or rec sports dept.  We have access to the training room, athlete’s weight room, and practice and play games in one of the nicest DIII stadiums in the country.
  3. We compete for an SLC Championship annually and we compete as a top 5 MCLA Team annually with a goal of winning the MCLA Championship.
  4. The program is like a family.  Our players work very hard and get along very well on and off the field.