NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph's women’s lacrosse senior Rebecca Lane has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, the Atlantic 10 Conference announced on Thursday afternoon. The prestigious honor is given to a graduating student-athlete from each of the league’s 14 members. To be considered for the Postgraduate Scholarship, student-athletes must have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Over the last six years, the A-10’s Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded $420,000 to 80 former student-athletes. Each of the 14 honorees receives $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program. Instituted to provide continuing education opportunities for graduating student-athletes, the program annually awards $70,000 in scholarship funding to former A-10 student-athletes. This marks the fifth straight year the Atlantic 10 has provided the scholarships to 14 individuals.
A two-year team captain and four-year offensive standout for the Crimson and Gray, Lane took over SJU's attacking unit when she stepped foot on campus in August 2015 and never looked back. Despite having her senior season cut short due to injury, through 58 career games with 56 starts, Lane dished out 84 assists - SJU's program record. She is also one of just two Hawks in program history to eclipse 200 points (209) and graduates fifth all-time in career goals, with 125; she scored 35+ goals in each of her first three seasons.
Lane was selected to the 2018 A-10 All-Conference First Team, 2017 All-Conference Second Team, and 2016 All-Conference Rookie Team and All-Tournament Team and was tabbed the 2016 A-10 Rookie of the Year. Lane also excelled internationally, representing various Australian teams from an early age and, most recently, competing as a member of the Australian National Team at the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup.
Despite losing the majority of her senior season due to injury, Lane stepped up to lead the Hawks from the sideline. The leadership and selflessness exhibited by one of the most decorated players to come through the program was recognized by coaches, teammates, and fans alike as Lane truly demonstrated "The Hawk Will Never Die" spirit in her drive to help others excel.
Lane made both the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for three years and SJU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester of her academic career on Hawk Hill. The Melbourne, Australia native and Maribyrnong College product graduated from Saint Joseph’s this past weekend with a degree in psychology. An English minor during her undergraduate career, Lane will begin working on her Writing Studies M.A. at SJU this fall.
The class is comprised of 12 female and two male student-athletes, representing seven different sports with an average GPA of 3.744. The process involves the league’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives.
“I want to congratulate this exceptional group of Postgraduate Scholarship recipients,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Each of these young women and men have demonstrated a talent for academics and leadership throughout their successful careers as student-athletes. We are proud to award them one of the Atlantic 10’s most prestigious honors to assist with their postgraduate education.”
Additional recipients include Davidson’s Justine Lyon (Basketball), Dayton's Taylor Vernot (Track and Field and Cross Country), Duquesne's Kirsten Hillsley (Swimming), Fordham's Amie Ko (Swimming), George Mason's Emily Littell (Soccer), George Washington's Ly Zhang (Swimming and Diving), La Salle's Madison Kuch (Volleyball), UMass' Erin Doster (Soccer), Rhode Island's Nicole Petta (Swimming and Diving), Richmond's Mia Castagnero (Lacrosse), St. Bonaventure's Sam Fuller (Baseball), Saint Louis' Colton Nettleton (Track and Field and Cross Country), and VCU's Kelly Graves (Soccer).