Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/20
From Press Release
Lehigh men’s lacrosse standout Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill-DE, Duke’s LC) became the program’s 10th Major League Lacrosse Draft pick in program history on Monday evening, as the attackman was selected in the eighth round (43rd overall) by the New York Lizards.
Pettit is the third Mountain Hawk in the last two seasons drafted, following former classmates Craig Chick and Eddie Bouhall in 2019.
Pettit joins Bouhall and another former classmate, Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco), who are both active MLL players with the Philadelphia Barrage. After being named an MLL All-Star during his rookie season of 2019, Chick was selected by Atlas LC in the Premier Lacrosse League Entry Draft this March.
Pettit put together an impressive career, finishing with 105 goals (eighth in program history) and 146 points. The Wilmington native broke out with 46 points (35 goals, 11 assists) as a sophomore in 2017 then 66 (46 goals, 20 assists) in 2018.
The goal and point totals as a junior were good for fourth and ninth in program history, respectively. Pettit finished that year 10th nationally in goals per game (2.71) and third in the country in man-up goals with 10. He had 14 multi-goal games, 16 multi-point games and nine hat tricks.
Pettit suffered a season-ending injury during preseason of his senior year, but he returned for his fifth year in 2020 and didn’t miss a beat. Pettit put up 17 goals and nine assists in six games, including a school-record tying eight goals vs. VMI, five coming in the third quarter.
He also collected a career-high eight groundballs in that contest to become the first Division I men’s lacrosse player in at least 10 years to post 8+ goals and 8+ groundballs in the same game. Pettit scored Lehigh’s first goal of the season, just 1:05 into the season opener vs. Utah, while posting seven points (four goals, three assists) in what proved to be his final collegiate game on Mar. 7 vs. Holy Cross.
Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as junior and again as a fifth-year senior, Pettit developed into one of the nation’s best offensive players. A two-time All-Patriot League honoree, Pettit was named to the first team as a junior in 2018, among the best attackmen in a league that included Pat Spencer of Loyola, Will Sands of Bucknell and Chris Gray of Boston University. He is also a two-time candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, both in 2019 and 2020.