JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Head Coach Guy Van Arsdale of the Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse program has announced the hiring of Alex Lopes as assistant coach for the upcoming 2015 season. Lopes joins JU after a successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at Fairfield University. The Stags won 32 games in his three seasons on the sidelines and narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid this past season.
“I am excited that Alex has decided to join the JU lacrosse family,” said Van Arsdale. “He brings a great understanding of offense and strong experience as a teacher of the game.”
Though Fairfield lost some critical players coming into the 2013 campaign, Lopes was able to help keep the Stags afloat and end the season with a winning record of 8-7. One of those wins came at No. 1 Denver, the first time in school history that the program had beaten the top-ranked team in the country.
This past season, Fairfield posted a 12-4 record and held a share of the ECAC regular season championship, coming up one goal shy of winning the ECAC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Stags had a Top 10 scoring defense, giving up less than nine goals per game while averaging more than 11 on the other end. The team was ranked as high as No. 11 in the country in mid-April.
Prior to Fairfield, Lopes spent three seasons at Kean University as the offensive coordinator for the Division III program. The Cougars won 34 games in his three seasons there, during which time he also was in charge of the New Jersey State Lacrosse Team and was the North Jersey Regional Director for Trilogy Lacrosse.
A 2009 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Lopes set a program record with 62 games played in his collegiate career and is among the Top 10 in assists for the Hawks.
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