GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2019 IWLCA/Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll, it was announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have maintained a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
Senior captain Rebecca Lane highlighted SJU's selections with her second consecutive selection to the team while junior captain Bridget Cerciello, junior captain Julia Pash, junior Olivia Tevis, and junior Veronica Wilson earned the honor for the first time in their careers.
Additionally, the Hawks were recognized as an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2018-19 academic year, as Saint Joseph’s posted above a 3.0 team GPA for the year.
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.
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.
SJU's recipient of the 2019 A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Lane graduated from Saint Joseph's in May with a degree in psychology and, having also minored in English during her undergraduate career, will remain on Hawk Hill to begin work on her Writing Studies M.A. this fall.
A 2019 Atlantic 10 First Team selection, Cerciello excelled as SJU's top midfielder this year with 35 points (31g, 4a) to go with a team-high 79 draw controls alongside 40 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers while Pash ranked second on the team in ground balls (45) and caused turnovers (32) as an every-game defensive stalwart for the Crimson and Gray; the junior pair was also voted onto the 2019 A-10 Academic All-Conference Team for their work in the classroom as Cerciello excelled in business intelligence and analytics and Pash in finance.
Tevis has been an instrumental part of SJU's sideline as a selfless leader with a "team-first" mentality and positive attitude each day. The accounting major is the type of player who is willing to do anything for her teammates and was the co-recipient of the program's inaugural "Pit Crew" Award in 2018.
On 2019 opening day, Wilson earned the starting nod in net from head coach Alex Kahoe and made four saves in the first half against a very strong Georgetown program. For the season, Wilson made five total appearances and was extremely successful in her accounting courses.