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.@SJUHawks_WLAX’s McCallion (Notre Dame), Kelbon named to Inquirer Academic team

Thursday, 15th June 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 6/14/17
From Press Release

Nora McCallion

Saint Joseph’s recent graduate attacker Nora McCallion (Notre Dame) and rising senior defender Kristen Kelbon have been voted onto the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Lacrosse Team, organization officials announced today. The team is voted on by the sports information offices of the 30 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area honors, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.

A 2017 Atlantic 10 First Team attacker, McCallion earns a spot on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Lacrosse Team for the second year in a row after leading SJU in points (67) and goals (47) and ranking second in assists (20) this spring. The co-captain ranked fifth in the A-10 in total points and shot percentage (52.8%), sixth in total goals, goals per game (2.76), and points per game (4.13), 10th in total assists, and 12th in assists per game (1.18).

The attacker recorded a hat trick against Davidson and hit the back of the net twice at UMass before going for four goals and a helper at Duquesne. McCallion put up eight points on four goals and four assists against VCU and went on to score a season-high seven goals at George Mason the following weekend. After a hat trick at St. Bonaventure, McCallion tallied seven points on four goals and three assists in the regular-season finale vs. George Washington. McCallion scored in 16 of 17 total games this year and was named the A-10 Player of the Week twice – back on February 21 after a an eight-point effort (5g, 3a) in SJU’s season-opening win over American and on May 2 after her performances against the Bonnies and Colonials.

One of the most prolific scorers in program history, McCallion capped her career as SJU’s recordholder in career games played (68). She leaves Hawk Hill ranked third in career points (190) and fourth in career goals (134) and tied for fourth in career assists (56). A native of Narberth, McCallion graduated from SJU with a dual degree in accounting and finance this May and will begin working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City in September.

A 2017 Atlantic 10 First Team defender, Kelbon led the Hawks in ground balls (33) and ranked second in caused turnovers (20). The Mount Laurel, N.J. native went for three ground balls and two caused turnovers at George Mason and followed up with four ground balls and three caused turnovers at Richmond. Kelbon turned in four ground balls and four draw controls at Duquesne and added three ground balls and two caused turnovers vs. La Salle. Kelbon consistently made the small hustle plays that made the difference, such as causing turnovers and scooping up ground balls at key points of games and using her speed to single-handedly earn clears for the Crimson and Gray.

Kelbon owns 41 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers over her career and double majors in international business and accounting on Hawk Hill.

McCallion and Kelbon are joined on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Lacrosse Team by Performer of the Year Alex Condon of Penn, West Chester’s Sami Barnett (Interboro) and Ashley Pyle (Garnet Valley), Lauren D’Amore of Penn, Temple’s Krissy Gallivan (Kennett) and Brenda McDermott (North Penn), Allie Gibbons and Sarina Manetta of Haverford, Chestnut Hill’s Hunter Leckonby, and Megan Racioppi of Widener.


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