Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/4/15
From Press Release
St. John’s senior defenseman and Red Storm co-captain Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) is among 20 of the top NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today. To be eligible for the prestigious award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
DiFrangia becomes the first St. John’s lacrosse player selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award since former defenseman and co-captain Dan Cremens earned the honor in 2011. The Fort Washington, Pa., native is also one of just three defensemen on this year’s list and joins Denver midfielder Erik Adamson as the only candidates from the BIG EAST Conference.
From the list of 20 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in May.
A finance major, DiFrangia maintains a 3.43 GPA. He is an excellent student who has made two appearances on the University Dean’s List and has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team every year at St. John’s. Starting in September of last year, he has participated as a team member in the Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP), a unique feature of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business that provides both undergraduate and graduate students in-school opportunities to engage in real-world business consulting with actual businesses and non-profit organizations. DiFrangia has also been a strong example of leadership and high character in his time at St. John’s. This fall, he was selected by his teammates and coaches to be one of two captains for the 2015 campaign and, as a sophomore, represented the rest of his lacrosse teammates on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
DiFrangia is a four-year participant in the school-wide University Service Day, a yearly community service initiative that sees Red Storm teams serve to benefit those in need on campus, in New York City and beyond. Each September since his arrival at St. John’s, DiFrangia has joined his lacrosse teammates in partaking in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, a living, breathing memorial tribute to the memory of the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, FDNY, and the firefighters, first responders and all who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. He has worked at the St. Nicholas Homeless Shelter, helping to renovate facilities as well as cooking and serving food for homeless men in Tolentine Parish. DiFrangia has also participated in St. John’s Midnight Run, which provides the opportunity for University students to bring a meal and clothes to the homeless people in Manhattan. Sharing his passion for lacrosse as well as his top-level knowledge of the sport with young athletes, the product of La Salle College High School coached the 2020-2021 HEADStrong lacrosse team during the 2014 summer.
DiFrangia is coming off a junior season that saw him become the first defenseman in St. John’s lacrosse history to be named All-BIG EAST, earning second team honors after ranking second in the conference and 11th nationally in caused turnovers per game at 1.86 in 2014. He then became the first defenseman in program history to be named unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST this season and currently ranks 14th in the country at 1.80 caused turnovers to go with his 3.80 groundballs per game average. A starter since his freshman season who has appeared in over 45 games in his Red Storm career, DiFrangia is part of a defensive unit which leads the BIGE AST and ranks sixth in the country at 8.60 caused turnovers per game. Some of his standout performances in 2015 include tying a career-high eight groundballs and causing three turnovers in his team’s comeback victory over Stony Brook on Feb. 14, tallying three caused turnovers and three groundballs in the Red Storm’s narrow defeat at Siena this past Saturday, and corralling six groundballs with one caused turnover in St. John’s overtime defeat against No. 6 Yale on Tuesday.
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