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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT


At our Stag Camps, Campers will improve their individual stick skills, work on positional training and team concepts, and scrimmage daily. The lax campers will train in Fairfield University's new Rafferty Stadium with the Fairfield University coaching staff.

About Our Coaches

Andrew Baxter

Coach Baxter and the Fairfield University Men's Lacrosse Team's Coaching Staff will be directing camp this summer!


A coaching veteran with nearly two decades of collegiate experience, Andrew Baxter was named the Head Coach of Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse on June 10, 2019. Baxter had served as Defensive Coordinator at Yale University since 2013 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach following the 2018 campaign.

In his first season leading the Stags, Baxter guided Fairfield to a 5-2 record. The mark was bolstered by a 4-0 mark on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. In that abbreviated campaign, the Stags led the CAA and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring at 16.43 goals per game.

After navigating his team during the Covid-19 circumstances that prematurely ended the 2020 season and truncated the 2021 slate, Baxter led the Stags to wins over Lafayette and crosstown foe Sacred Heart in the spring campaign.

In 2022, the Stags posted a five-win improvement with a 7-7 mark -- their highest win total since 2016. Fairfield also won a pair of CAA games to snap a 16-game conference losing streak.

As Recruiting Coordinator at Yale, Baxter was integral in assembling the squad that won the 2018 National Championship and returned to the title game in 2019 in addition to claiming two Ivy League Regular Season Championships and four Ivy League Tournament Championships. His defensive unit has led the Ivy in scoring defense in each of his last six seasons and ranked among the top 15 nationally in five of his seven campaigns in New Haven.

Before heading to Yale, Baxter was the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator at Ohio State, where he managed the fourth-ranked defense in the nation in 2012. He mentored 2011 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year Matt Kawamoto, who was also a USILA All-America Honorable Mention in 2011 and a USILA Scholar All-American in 2012.

Baxter is no stranger to CAA Lacrosse, having spent time as both the Offensive Coordinator (2004-05) and Defensive Coordinator (2006-08) at Drexel. His tenure in Philadelphia concluded with the Dragons ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense in both 2007 and 2008 en route to a share of the CAA Regular Season Championship in both campaigns. Baxter also managed the Drexel faceoff men, ranking as high as fifth in the nation on the draw in 2008.

Baxter began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Colgate University for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

As a student-athlete at Springfield College, Baxter made a pair of NCAA Division III postseason appearances. He graduated from Springfield in 2001 with a degree in Movement and Sports Studies.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Baxter graduated from Brighton High School. He and his wife, Marika – also a Springfield College graduate – have two children, Rae, born in 2010 and Frankie, born in 2014.

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson joined Fairfield Men's Lacrosse in July of 2019 and was elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2023 season. Gibson is entering his fourth campaign as the Stags’ Offensive Coordinator after seven seasons in the same role at Stony Brook University.

Gibson coached the Fairfield offensive unit to a CAA-best 13.79 goals per game in 2022. The attack featured CAA Rookie of the Year Jack McKenna, who was the conference’s leading goal scorer as a freshman and the first Stag ever to average three goals per game (3.07) for a season. The offensive midfield included All-CAA First Teamer Taylor Strough and Second Team selection Mike Drake. Fairfield also led the CAA and ranked fourth in the nation in man-up offense, converting 55 percent of its extra-man opportunities last spring.

Fairfield has topped the CAA in scoring twice in Gibson’s tenure. The 2020 team – Baxter and Gibson’s first campaign with the Stags – saw the offense rank eighth nationally with 16.43 goals per game and sixth in the nation at 26.71 points per contest.

Before coming to Fairfield, Gibson most recently served as Associate Head Coach for Stony Brook’s back-to-back America East Regular Season Championships in 2018 and 2019, and was also on the sidelines for the team’s 2012 America East title and NCAA postseason appearance. During his tenure, Gibson managed a Stony Brook offense that produced some of the most prolific scorers in program history, including all-time leader in points and assists Mike Rooney, all-time leading goal scorer Brody Eastwood and NLL and MLL mainstay Challen Rogers.

Gibson previously served as an assistant coach at Colgate, where he was part of the Raiders’ 2008 Patriot League Championship. He played collegiately at Springfield College, including one season as a teammate of Coach Baxter, and is the Pride’s all-time leader among midfielders in goals (122), assists (66) and total points (188). A native of South Salem, N.Y., Gibson graduated from John Jay High School.

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Camp Details

Check-in/out: All campers check-in daily at 8:45 am. The full-day campers will check out daily at 3:00 pm with our half-day campers checking out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to boys ages 6-16, Our half-day camp option is open to ages 6-10 and our full-day camp option is open to ages 9-16. All abilities and levels are welcomed.

Meals: Campers are to bring their own lunch to camp.

Camp Overview

Fundamental Stick Work - Specialized stick routines involving box and targeted fundamental drills

Position-Specific Training

Defense - including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork – pivot, recovery, and angles
Stickwork – clearing, carrying, and stick protection
Field Awareness – slide, recovery, and on-ball play

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement, and selection
Dodging – from, X, ally, and up top
Riding – drop back, pressure, and 10-man rides

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement, and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally, and up top
Defensive Play – body positioning, field awareness, and sliding

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in a cage, off the stick, and stick side movement
Clearing – moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball, and stick work

Face-Off Specialist
Mechanics – footwork and body positioning
Outlets – pushing the ball to wings, communicating how and where they should go
Draw – speed work, counter moves, and development of additional moves

Specialized Leadership Games and Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse, and other leadership activities

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to each type of situation

2v1 Fast play from the ally, X and Y
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off the ground ball and clears
Full-field transitional continuous play


Chalk Talk - Reviewing techniques and game theories specific to the player's position and the week on-field technical activities

Grouped Position-Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense & Midfield vs. Midfield

1v1’s, 2v2’s 3v3’s, 4v4’s– from all positions on the field focusing on specific game philosophy, techniques, and spatial awareness

Specialized Team Building and Leadership Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse, and other leadership activities

Game Play - Clear ride scrimmage, full-field scrimmages, camp championship tournament, 7 vs 7, box lacrosse tournament

Daily Award Ceremony

*Curriculum Varies Per Location and Director*

*For Sample Times of Daily Schedule, Visit Highlights Page*

Reviews (10)

reviews-10 Steve B. - Camper

I had so much fun at camp. All of the coaches were helpful and they taught us so much. My favorite part was playing with kids just as good as me, it pushed me to compete even harder.

reviews-10 Kate J. - Parent

My two sons had a blast at camp. They were so excited to tell their coach all of the new things they learned. They are looking forward to returning next year. Thank You.

reviews-10 Drew D. - Camper

I had such a great time at camp. The coaches were great. I even won a prize for a shooting contest. I am going to tell all my friends about camp.

reviews-10 Nancy C. - Mom

Thanks so much for the really great experience this week at Fairfield U. My son, had a very positive experience this week. He has been playing for while and practices in the back yard. After having a less than enjoyable experience in junior varsity in the spring where the coach berated the kids and yelled at them, he really needed the boost. He told me he learned a lot and that everyone was really nice. I love your philosophy of support and encouragement. I think it is so important. He was ready to find another sport after this last spring and now I think he is encouraged to continue. He does work hard and I know you all gave him an award for that. Somehow I think that has got to pay off. Aside from the blisters he developed on his feet wearing ill-fitting shoes, it was totally fun for him.

reviews-10 Perry L. – Camper

Learning from an MLL All-Star was great experience. Coach Powell taught us what it takes to elevate our game to the next level. Being a rising sophomore I listened to everything he said so I can improve my game and hopefully get noticed by local college scouts.

reviews-10 Janet P. – Parent

My son had a great time at camp this summer. He learned a lot from the coaching staff. My husband and I attended the scrimmage on final day and we could tell how enthusiastic the coaches were by how effortlessly they were interacting with the campers. It was very nice to see coaches who wanted to be there and it added to the wonderful experience.

reviews-10 Paul S. – Father

My son went to this camp and he learned a lot from the coaches. One of the most valuable lessons he took away from camp was that you always have room to improve your game. Before he would sometimes get complacent if he was one of the top players on his team, but now I can already see him taking strides to practice a little longer than usual. Great Job!

reviews-10 Jennifer M. – Mom

My son had to leave early one day because he was a bit under the weather and the next day all of the coaches made sure they came up to him to see how he was feeling. This was great to see, the coaches really cared about the campers and that was very reassuring. I knew I chose the right camp for my son.

reviews-10 Kyle P. – Camper

Coach Ryan was great to learn from. He knew the answers to all of my questions. It was great to learn from such a great lacrosse player. I made sure he signed a lacrosse ball on the last day.

reviews-10 Michelle J. – Mom

The GameBreaker Lacrosse coaching staff was great. They were very attentive and were open to answering any and all of my concerns. I wanted to make sure my son worked on his left hand to make it stronger and more consistent. The coaches assured me they would keep an eye out for him and suggest he used his left hand whenever the drill allowed for it.

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