PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s senior attackman Chris Blewitt and graduate student attackman Mike Rastivo have been selected the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Lacrosse Co-Performers of the Year. The Hawk co-captains are two of 12 student-athletes selected to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Lacrosse Team, which is voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Senior midfielder Kyle Cain and senior long stick midfielder Austin Smith join Blewitt and Rastivo on the Academic All-Area Team as Saint Joseph’s landed four Hawks on the 12-member squad, with Blewitt and Smith earning spots on the team for the second year in a row.
Blewitt was a Senior CLASS Award All-American Second Team selection and repeat CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Men’s At Large First Team and Northeast Conference First Team pick this spring. Blewitt led the Hawks in points (48), goals (25), and assists (23) through 14 starts, recording at least one point in all 14 games played and scoring in 10 of those games as the Hawks’ leading point scorer eight times. The senior ranked in the NEC’s top ten in points per game (3.43), goals per game (1.79), and assists per game (1.64), was a two-time NEC Player of the Week, and earned a spot on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Team of the Week back in April.
Blewitt also earned Saint Joseph's prestigious Class of 1950 Award, presented to the top graduating student-athlete from a men's team and top graduating student athlete from a women's team, and spearheaded the SJU men's and women's lacrosse programs' efforts in dedicating a home doubleheader to the One Love Foundation back in March. Blewitt graduated from Hawk Hill with degrees in both finance and economics this May and is headed to Wall Street this summer, where he will work with Mizuho Securities USA as an analyst in its Capital Markets group.
In his return to the field after missing the 2017 season to injury, Rastivo was a Senior CLASS Award All-American Second Team selection and NEC Second Team attackman this spring. Tabbed the 2018 Inside Lacrosse NEC Preseason Player of the Year, Rastivo ranked in SJU’s top three in points (37), goals (24), and assists (13) through all 15 starts, recording at least one point in 14 of 15 games played and scoring in 13 of them.
Rastivo is pursuing an M.S. in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University after graduating with a degree in business administration in May 2017. He will begin full-time employment as both the Director of HHH Operations, Middle School Division and Offensive Coordinator at Germantown Academy this summer.
Four-year starting attackmen, Blewitt (94-69-163) and Rastivo (129-61-190) combined for 353 points on 223 goals and 130 assists over their careers on Hawk Hill. They both rank in SJU’s all-time top ten in all three categories, with Rastivo claiming the program record for career goals, and led SJU to an 11-4 record and the program’s first-ever national ranking this spring.
A 2018 NEC First Team midfield selection, Cain led all SJU midfielders in points (39), goals (23), and assists (16) through all 15 starts this spring. He recorded at least one point in 14 of 15 games played and scored in 11 of them, leading the Hawks in points five times. Cain averaged 2.60 points per game on 1.53 goals per game and 1.07 assists per game and hit the back of the net six times in the NEC postseason en route to NEC All-Tournament Team recognition. Cain, who graduated with a marketing degree this May, has begun his professional career as a data coordinator for Success Academy Charter Schools, based out of New York City.
The 2018 NEC First Team long stick midfielder and a Senior CLASS Award candidate, Smith made all 15 appearances as SJU’s top LSM and an integral member of SJU’s dominant transition unit, where he led the squad in caused turnovers (15) and ranked second in ground balls (45) for an average of 1.0 caused turnovers per game and 3.0 ground balls per game. Smith graduated with a finance degree in May and is focusing on commercial real estate, where he works for Marcus and Millichap's retail division, specializing in shopping centers.
The Hawk quartet is joined on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Lacrosse Team by Timmy Brooks of Cabrini, Villanova’s Christian Cuccinello, Ben Frost and Dylan Slack of Haverford, Eastern’s Jameal Hadeed and Bryan Mizell, Connor Keating of Penn, and Chestnut Hill’s Dylan Klusaritz.