NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Junior Rebecca Lane was voted onto the Atlantic 10 First Team attack as third-seeded Saint Joseph's saw six Hawks earn seven conference honors, as voted on by the league's head coaches and announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore midfielder Bridget Cerciello and senior defender Juliana Strazulo were named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman attackers Stephanie Kelly and Sam McGee earned spots on the All-Rookie Team.
Cerciello, a business major, and senior defender Kristen Kelbon, an accounting and finance double major, were selected to the A-10 All-Academic Team, as voted on by the league's Sports Information Directors.
Earning the first A-10 First Team nod and fourth overall postseason conference honor of her career, Lane led the Hawks in points (58) and assists (25), which ranked in the A-10's top-ten for both categories, and finished the regular season second on the squad in goals (33). Lane put up 30 of those points (17g, 13a) in league play to average 1.89 goals per game and 1.44 assists per game through nine A-10 contests. The junior scored in seven of those nine games, registering seven-point efforts vs. UMass (3g, 4a) and Davidson (4g, 3a), a six-point performance against VCU (2g, 4a), and hat tricks against Duquesne (100th career goal in her 46th career game) and George Mason. Held scoreless against George Washington, Lane still found a way to impact the game, going for three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the road victory.
Outside of league competition, Lane opened the season with back-to-back, five-point performances (2g, 3a) against Georgetown and Central Connecticut before following up with a nine-point performance (5g, 4a) at Temple to earn A-10 Co-Player of the Week recognition. She also hit the back of the net four times against Vanderbilt.
Lane was named to the All-Conference Second Team midfield as a sophomore last spring and was the A-10 Rookie of the Year (and All-Rookie Team selection) as a freshman in 2016.
Cerciello worked her way into a starting midfield role for all nine A-10 games this spring, going for 18 points (11g, 7a), 22 draw controls, eight ground balls, and six caused turnovers in league play. Cerciello tallied five points (3g, 2a) vs. UMass, went for four ground balls and three caused turnovers vs. VCU, registered two goals and seven draw controls vs. St. Bonaventure, and added two goals, two assists, two ground balls, and two draw controls in the regular-season home finale win over George Mason.
Overall, Cerciello notched 24 points (15g, 9a), 30 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers on the season. Outside of league competition, the sophomore scrapped for four ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. CCSU and held Temple's leading scorer at the time, who was ranked in the top-ten nationally in goals scored entering the early-season match-up, to just one goal for the game.
Strazulo stepped up to completely disrupt opposing offenses this year, forcing a team-high 28 caused turnovers and scooping up a team-high 38 ground balls in 16 appearances with 11 starts for the Crimson and Gray. The senior defensive stalwart went for 29 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers in league play, which ranked second and fourth, respectively, and turned the ball over just once through nine A-10 games.
Notable performances from Strazulo's conference season include six ground balls and two caused turnovers at George Washington, five ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. George Mason, a combined eight ground balls and three caused turnovers in a Richmond/Davidson weekend, and a combined four ground balls and eight caused turnovers in a combined St. Bonaventure/Duquesne weekend, leading to A-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Outside of league competition, Strazulo forced then-#14/13 Towson's offensive unit to turn the ball over four times, went for three ground balls and three caused turnovers at Villanova, and opened the season with two ground balls and two caused turnovers at Georgetown.
Kelly (28g, 17a) and McGee (19g, 8a) were SJU's top rookie performers all year, as Kelly made 16 starts in 17 appearances on the attack and McGee appeared in all 17 games as SJU's first choice in attackers off the bench. With 18 goals apiece in A-10 play, the first-year pair ranked in the A-10's overall top-20 for total conference goals.
Kelly hit the back of the net six times at La Salle, added a five-point effort against UMass (3g, 2a), went for four points apiece vs. VCU (3g, 1a) and George Mason (2g, 2a), and added a hat trick vs. St. Bonaventure en route to earning four A-10 Rookie of the Week honors throughout the spring.
McGee tallied at least one point in all nine A-10 games, including five at VCU (4g, 1a) and La Salle (4g, 1a), three vs. St. Bonaventure (3g) and George Mason (3g), and two against Richmond (2g), and George Washington (1g, 1a). McGee also scored and added three caused turnovers at Davidson and dished out helpers vs. UMass and Duquesne.
Previous current Hawks to be named to the A-10's All-Rookie squad include senior Aly Gormley (2015), Lane and junior midfielder Hayley Sabol (2016), and sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (2017).
Kelbon was a defensive staple for the Hawks this season, anchoring the back line in all 17 appearances en route to 35 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. The finance and accounting double major has made the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester of her academic career on Hawk Hill.
The third-seeded Hawks (11-6, 7-2 A-10) are set to face sixth-seeded George Mason (11-6, 5-4 A-10) in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals this upcoming Thursday, May 3. Opening draw control at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va. is set for 2:30 p.m.