Hartford Hawks men's lacrosse

The Hartford Hawks men's lacrosse team represents the University of Hartford in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Hartford currently competes in the America East Conference (AEC) and plays its home games at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Hartford Hawks men's lacrosse
Founded1979 (varsity), 1973 (club)
UniversityUniversity of Hartford
Head coachRyan Martin (since 2016 season)
StadiumAl-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium
(capacity: 2,500)
LocationWest Hartford, Connecticut
ConferenceAmerica East
ColorsScarlet and White[1]
NCAA Tournament appearances
2011, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
2011, 2016
Conference regular season championships
2000, 2003

Prior to joining the America East Conference it had been a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC).



Hartford men's lacrosse was established as a club sport in 1973 until it became a varsity program in 1979.

In 1985, Hartford hired John Herbert as head coach for the team's inaugural season in Division 1. Hartford competed as an independent until joining the Northeast Conference in 1993. As an independent team, Hartford had an overall record of 36–58


In 1993, first-year head coach Jack McGetrick replaced Rob Quinn and led the team to its first winning season in eight years. In 1997, the Hartford Hawks joined the America East Conference. In 2000, the Hawks completed a 14–2 record and earned the NEC regular season title after completing a 4–1 conference record. In 2003, McGetrick once again led the Hawks to a regular season title after finishing the season with a 9–8 record and a 4–1 conference record. After 11 seasons with the Hawks, McGetrick stepped down from his head coaching duties finishing as the winningest lacrosse coach in the programs history.[2]


Andy Towers replaced McGetrick as head coach for the 2004 season and led the Hawks to an unsuccessful 0–14 record. The following season, now under the helm of Bill Warder, ended in a disappointing 2–12 record.[3]


In 2006, Peter Lawrence became head coach of the Hawks. In 2011, coming off seven straight losing seasons; the Hawks, led by Lawrence, would win their first conference tournament.[4] Hartford also made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2011 but lost in the first round to the second-seeded Cornell, 12–5.[5] In 2016, the Hawks lost 14–9 against Quinnipiac in a play-in game in the 2016 NCAA tournament.[6] Following the 2016 season, Peter Lawrence resigned as head coach of Hartford after 11 seasons.[7]


After the departure of long time head coach Peter Lawrence; Hartford promoted assistant coach Ryan Martin to head coach.[8] In his first season as head coach, Martin led the Hawks to a 6–8 overall record.[9]

Annual record

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
John Herbert (Independent) (1985–1986)
1985 John Herbert 5-6
1986 John Herbert 7-5
John Herbert: 12-11
Gus Mazzocca (Independent) (1987–1989)
1987 Gus Mazzocca 1-8
1988 Gus Mazzocca 4-7
1989 Gus Mazzocca 4-9
Gus Mazzocca: 9-24
Rob Quinn (Independent) (1990–1992)
1990 Rob Quinn 7-7
1991 Rob Quinn 3-8
1992 Rob Quinn 5-80-4
Rob Quinn: 15-230-4
Jack McGetrick (Northeast Conference/America East Conference) (1993–2003)
1993 Jack McGetrick 7-61-3
1994 Jack McGetrick 3-101-3
1995 Jack McGetrick 8-62-3
1996 Jack McGetrick 9-62-3
1997 Jack McGetrick 11-35-1
1998 Jack McGetrick 3-111-4
1999 Jack McGetrick 8-70-5
2000 Jack McGetrick 14-24-1
2001 Jack McGetrick 6-81-4
2002 Jack McGetrick 9-74-1
2003 Jack McGetrick 9-84-1
Jack McGetrick: 87-72
Andy Towers (America East) (2004–2004)
2004 Andy Towers 0-140-6
Andy Towers: 0-140-6
Bill Warder (America East) (2005–2005)
2005 Bill Warder 2-120-6
Bill Warder: 2-120-6
Peter Lawrence (America East) (2006–2016)
2006 Peter Lawrence 3-120-5
2007 Peter Lawrence 2-131-4
2008 Peter Lawrence 0-130-5
2009 Peter Lawrence 2-111-4
2010 Peter Lawrence 4-101-4
2011 Peter Lawrence 11-73-2NCAA First Round
2012 Peter Lawrence 6-93-2
2013 Peter Lawrence 7-74-1
2014 Peter Lawrence 6-92-3
2015 Peter Lawrence 7-83-3
2016 Peter Lawrence 11-73-3NCAA First Round
Peter Lawrence: 59-10621-36
Ryan Martin (America East) (2017–present)
2017 Ryan Martin 6-82-4
2018 Ryan Martin 3-100-5
2019 Ryan Martin 4-112-4
Ryan Martin: 13-294-13

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. University of Hartford Brand Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. "FORMER HARTFORD LACROSSE COACH JACK MCGETRICK PASSES AWAY ON SATURDAY". Hartford Hawks. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. "Andrew Towers". dartmouthsports.com. Dartmouth Big Green. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. "Compitello's Last-Second Goal Gives Hartford 2011 Men's Lacrosse Title". America East. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. "HAWKS' FLIGHT ENDS AT CORNELL WITH 12-5 LOSS TO BIG RED". Hartford Hawks. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. "Hawks Defeated by Quinnipiac in NCAA Preliminary Round". Hartford Hawks. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  7. "Lawrence Steps Down as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach". Hartford Hawks. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  8. "Ryan Martin Promoted to Head Men's Lacrosse Coach". Hartford Hawks. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  9. "Hartford Drops Season Finale to No. 7 UAlbany". Hartford Hawks. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
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