Fairfield University’s Nick Lapponese

Nick Lapponese’s rugby career started as a leisurely activity to do after school. As he continued to play, he fell in love with the sport and realized how much of a lasting impact the game would have on his life. 

“I first started to realize how great the sport is through friendship. Rugby allowed me to become more of a social person by meeting new players and new coaches every month. Rugby taught me to be driven, motivated, and to never give up. However, I quickly found that these mentalities did not merely apply to rugby, but my entire life as well,” said Lapponese.  

Lapponese picked up the game of rugby in the fifth grade and played for multiple teams and sides along the way. Most recently, he was the captain of the Pelham Memorial High School rugby team and helped lead them to a state championship. He was also selected to the New York All-Star team and played for the Rugby United New York U20 team. He was nationally ranked no. 33 for high school ruggers in 2019. 

His commitment to succeed and athletic ability has led him to receive a scholarship at Fairfield University where he will continue his rugby and academic career. At Fairfield, he will major in psychology with intentions of pursuing a career in sports psychology in the future. 

“This is a young man that will go very far as both a player and ambassador of this sport. With his passion for the game, I see Nick leading on and off the field for decades to come,” said Marc J. Downes, Fairfield University Men’s D1A Rugby coach. 

Nick has set a great deal of goals for himself. He is focused on maintaining an academic and athletic balance during college, while serving as an active contributor to his team. He would also like to strive to become a collegiate All-American during his four years at Fairfield.