PERRY, N.Y. – Saint Joseph's senior duo of attackman Chris Blewitt and long stick midfielder Austin Smith, as well as graduate student Mike Rastivo, have been selected 2018 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-Americans.
In 1989, the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. A scholar All-American must be "nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. He must also be an All-American, a member of a North-South team, or an outstanding league or conference player. He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field."
Blewitt and Smith each earned 2018 Northeast Conference First Team accolades this year while Rastivo pulled in Second Team recognition.
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 USILA's Team of the Week back in April.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.
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.
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.