Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/19
From Press Release
Strong on and off the lacrosse field, Lehigh men’s lacrosse seniors Craig Chick and Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill, DE, Duke’s LC) have been named two of the 30 candidates nation-wide for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, as announced on Monday.
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. Lehigh is one of just five schools nationally with multiple honorees (also Ohio State, Army West Point, Marquette and Loyola), while the Mountain Hawks have had at least one honoree in six of the last seven years. This marks the first time in program history that Lehigh has featured multiple honorees.
To be eligible for the Senior CLASS 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.
Chick has enjoyed impressive success at a prestigious institution; Lehigh is currently tied for 46th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report top national universities. Chick is in Lehigh’s business program as a Finance major. As a freshman, he was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for a semester GPA over 3.2 during his competitive (spring) season. Chick also garnered the Faculty Athletics Council Award.
Chick has shown strong character as a two-time team captain, devoting 20+ hours per week to weight training, skill work, practice, conditioning, film study and team meetings. Within the men’s lacrosse program, different councils have been created, with Chick heavily involved in the Academic Council (council of five to oversee the academic success of the team) and Leadership Council (council of voted-upon individuals from each class to handle the vision and goals of the team). Chick has taken part in Flight 45, Lehigh Athletics’ Leadership Academy, in both the Emerging Leaders Program (hand-picked student-athletes to undergo leadership development and education) and Leadership Legacy Program (second installment of leadership program for a select few among various athletic teams).
Chick and the Mountain Hawks have continually taken part in community service. Just a few days into every fall semester, the program holds its annual community service kickoff for the City of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation. Chick and the Mountain Hawks have also hosted Community Night in the past when they opened their doors to all members of the community for an hour-long free lacrosse clinic. In each of the last two seasons, Lehigh has taken part in the Nicholas Colleluori Classic. Lehigh joined forces with the HEADstrong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing essential services to improve lives affected by cancer. In 2017, Lehigh Lacrosse more than quadrupled its initial fundraising goal of $3,000 by raising $13,339 for HEADstrong’s 2017 “Go Lime” campaign. It was the most money raised by any team or group of teams in the entire campaign. Then this past fall (2018), the Mountain Hawks absolutely shattered their goal, raising over $20,000 for the fight against cancer.
In the past, the Mountain Hawks have also taken part in the Reading Rocks program at local Donegan Elementary School. With Reading Rocks, the whole team spent approximately one hour with the students, helping them read before getting to know the youngsters through playing games and other activities. Every holiday season, each team takes part in Adopt-A-Family when they provide a holiday for a local underprivileged family. The process includes shopping for gifts, wrapping them and delivering them in early December.
On the field, Chick was named a preseason first team All-American by Inside Lacrosse after rewriting the record books in his first three seasons at Lehigh. A 2018 USILA All-American and a two-time postseason Inside Lacrosse All-American, Chick’s 127 career turnovers (just five games into his senior season) are already the Lehigh and Patriot League career records, and good for third in NCAA history. He is chasing the NCAA record of 158 held by Detroit’s Jordan Houtby.
Chick is a two-time first team All-Patriot League honoree and was recently named a 2018 Tewaaraton Award nominee. He is the Lehigh single-season record holder in caused turnovers (41 set last season), breaking his own record of 40 set as a sophomore. As a freshman, Chick’s 37 caused turnovers led the nation. As a junior, Chick became Lehigh’s first All-American named to the first or second team in the last 87 years. Since 1931, Lehigh’s 34 All-Americans have all been either third team or honorable mention honorees. Chick wrapped up his junior season by posting 13 groundballs and six caused turnovers in the Patriot League Tournament to earn All-Tournament Team recognition, helping lead the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time since 2014.
Pettit has enjoyed strong success in the classroom, owning a 3.14 cumulative GPA as a Finance major and Real Estate minor. That includes a 3.51 GPA in Finance and Real Estate classes. Pettit was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018 with GPAs of 3.4 and 3.5, respectively within his athletic seasons. Pettit has also received the Faculty Athletics Council Award five times for semester GPAs over 3.2. He has plenty of relevant work experience, including this past summer when he worked with Roch Capital as a Real Estate Investment Analyst Intern. While there, Pettit modeled over $600 million in potential investment properties in markets all over the United States. He also performed extensive analysis of each property’s historical and pro formal financials, historical and future capital expenditures and much more. During the prior summer (2017), Pettit was a Global Provider Strategy Intern at BlackRock. He aided in BAU projected and had other responsibilities such as helping create presentations, excel documents and other communication pieces. Pettit helped with the implementation and improvement of the due diligence control and review program with emphasis on Business Continuity Management, Technology Risk Management, Disaster Recovery, Information Security and Sourcing and Vendor Management.
Pettit is a two-time team captain. As a junior, Pettit impressed so much in the way he carried himself and served as a leader that he was added as one of the team’s assistant captains mid-season. The Mountain Hawks went on to advance to the Patriot League Championship Game and entered this year ranked No. 13 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook. Pettit was named a team captain prior to this (2019) season. Pettit is also heavily involved in the Leadership Council (council of voted-upon individuals from each class to handle the vision and goals of the team). Pettit has taken part in Flight 45, Lehigh Athletics’ Leadership Academy, in the Emerging Leaders Program (hand-picked student-athletes to undergo leadership development and education).
Like Chick, Pettit has also taken part in a number of community initiatives, including the community service kickoff, Community Night, the Nicholas Colleluori Classic, Reading Rocks, Adopt-A-Family and more (explained above).
Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last March, Pettit has developed into one of the nation’s best offensive players. He was named first team All-Patriot League last season, among the best attackmen in a league that included Pat Spencer of Loyola, Will Sands of Bucknell and Chris Gray of Boston University. Pettit led the Mountain Hawks in goals (46, which also led the Patriot League) and points (66), good for fourth and ninth in school history, respectively. Pettit finished 10th nationally in goals per game (2.71). He also finished third in the country in man-up goals with 10. Pettit had 14 multi-goal games, 16 multi-point games and nine hat tricks.
Last season, Pettit tied a career-high seven points vs. Holy Cross (two goals, five assists) while adding seven points at Hofstra (three goals, four assists) as well. Hofstra stood as the nation’s No. 1 defense at the time and Pettit went on to have more points himself (7) than the Pride were allowing opponent teams on average (6.33) entering the day. Pettit also scored five goals at No. 12 Army, including the first three goals of the fourth quarter, to turn a 6-5 Lehigh deficit into an 8-6 lead. That effort earned Pettit Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and a spot on the USILA National Team of the Week. Pettit owns 88 goals and 120 points in his career, and is currently out for the season due to injury.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in conjunction with the 2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in May.