PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s senior attacker Rebecca Lane, senior midfielder Hayley Sabol, and junior midfielders Bridget Cerciello and Julia Pash have been named captains of the women's lacrosse team for the 2019 season, as both voted on by their teammates and selected by the Hawks' coaching staff, head coach Alex Kahoe announced on Thursday morning. Lane returns for her second season of captaincy while Sabol, Cerciello, and Pash earn the title for the first time in their careers.
Through 51 career games on Hawk Hill, Lane owns 185 points on 107 goals and 78 assists; her point and goal numbers rank fourth and eighth on SJU's all-time lists while she has already claimed the program record for career assists through just three seasons. A psychology major and English minor out of Victoria, Australia, the three-year starter is a returning 2018 Atlantic 10 First Team attacker, 2017 A-10 Second Team midfielder, and 2016 A-10 Rookie of the Year honoree and owns a considerable amount of international experience, the most recent as a member of the 2017 Australian National Team that placed fourth at the FIL Women's World Cup in Summer '17.
A three-year starting midfielder with 54 starts and 56 appearances to her name, Sabol is a complete two-way player with 77 points (58g, 19a), 63 draw controls, 58 ground balls, and 41 caused turnovers for her career on Hawk Hill. A food marketing major out of Londonderry, Vermont, Sabol has played in the most games of any Hawk on the 2019 roster and will use that experience to lead the Crimson and Gray this spring.
Cerciello enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore campaign last spring in which she made all 19 appearances as a two-way midfielder and earned 13 starts, including the final 11 games of the season. The 2018 A-10 Second Team midfielder went for 29 points (20g, 9a), 39 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers as a sophomore and tied for the team lead in free position goals (eight) while ranking second in draw controls. Cerciello is a business major out of Center Valley, Pennsylvania who was also selected onto the A-10's All-Academic Team last spring.
A two-year starting midfielder, Pash has put up steady offensive and defensive numbers over her first two seasons with 32 points (24g, 8a), 94 draw controls, 49 ground balls, and 35 caused turnovers. The business major out of Allendale, New Jersey led the Hawks in draw controls last year, averaging 3.37 per game, and posted five games with five or more possessions from the circle.
Saint Joseph’s opens the 2019 season at home on Saturday, February 9 vs. Georgetown. The Hawks return 24 letterwinners and seven starters, including captains Lane, Sabol, Cerciello, and Pash.
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