Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/1/20 – From Press Release
A trio of Lehigh men’s lacrosse graduating seniors were named USILA Scholar All-Americans late last week, the most honorees in a single year in program history. Previously, the Mountain Hawks twice had two Scholar All-America honorees (2012 and 2013). Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill), Ryan Klose and Erik DiGirolamo (Parkland) were all recognized this time around, becoming the program’s first honorees since Cody Triolo in 2017.
The Scholar All-America recognition is a career-encompassing award, considering performance in the classroom and on the field. The trio are Lehigh’s 14th, 15th and 16th student-athletes all-time to be honored.
DiGirolamo was a four-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, most recently posting a 3.65 this spring in finance. A key contributor throughout his career, the local product began as a defenseman/long-stick midfielder before shifting to short-stick defensive midfield. He finished his career with 37 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers.
A multi-year Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member, Klose recorded a 3.85 GPA this spring, also in finance. On the field, he emerged as a regular in the midfield over the last two seasons, posting 21 goals and nine assists and 13 games. As a junior, he was second on the Mountain Hawks with four extra-man goals. As a senior, his 15 points were fourth on the team before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Petitt has excelled on and off the field, garnering first team All-League honors as a junior. After missing 2019 due to injury, he was off to a hot start in 2020, standing second on the team in goals (17) and points (26). In the classroom, he’s been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll on multiple occasions and was twice named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
Lehigh was in the midst of an impressive season in 2020, standing 5-1 and 2-0 in league play, following a 15-10 win over Holy Cross on Mar. 7. The Mountain Hawks ended the year with four straight victories, also beating VMI, NJIT and Navy prior to the win over the Crusaders. Lehigh was ranked No. 19 in the final Maverick Media Poll.