NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Six Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) women's lacrosse players were chosen to the CACC All-Academic Team on Wednesday. The All-Academic Team was announced by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Seniors Laura Dunne (3.58, health sciences) and Katie Gallivan (3.90, health sciences) are three-time recipients of the award. Juniors Anabelle DiStefano (3.56, professional communications), Erin Eckert (3.75, engineering) and Sarah von Lange (3.65, health sciences) earned the honor for the second time. Sophomore Lexi Patania (3.68, mechanical engineering) made the All-Academic team for the first time.
To be eligible for the CACC All-Academic team, each student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of immediate preceding term (may include summer for fall sport participants)
- Minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution
- Student-athlete must be second year student-athlete at member institution
- Student-athlete must have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.
Dunne appeared in 11 games and tallied six goals and five assists for 11 points. She added six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Dunne had a season-high three points on two goals and one assist at Felician on March 30.
Gallivan produced 11 ground balls and one caused turnover in 10 games. She helped a Jefferson defense that ranked second in the CACC with a 10.26 goals against average.
DiStefano started all 16 contests and totaled 22 ground balls, one draw control and 16 caused turnovers. The junior had season highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers (twice).
Eckert ended the season with 25 goals, 22 assists, 47 points, 35 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers in 16 games. She was tied for first on the team in assists, second in points, third in goals, ground balls and draw controls and tied for third in caused turnovers. Eckert was named CACC Defensive Player of the Week on April 22 and to the weekly honor roll one time.
An All-CACC first team selection, von Lange led the Rams in goals (56), points (71) and draw controls (75) and was second in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (21) and third in assists (15). The junior was chosen the CACC Player of the Week on April 8 and was a three-time member of the weekly honor roll.
Patania recorded 28 goals, 10 assists, 38 points, 23 ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers over 16 contests. She ranked second on the squad in goals, fourth in points and fifth in assists. The sophomore had a season-high six points on four goals and two assists at Chestnut Hill on April 9.