Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/17/20 – From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team is thrilled to announce that recent graduates Bridget Cerciello (Southern Lehigh), Penny Green, Laura Lasprogata (Harriton), and Julia Pash will return for an extra season of eligibility during the 2020-21 academic year.
The quartet will take advantage of the NCAA Division I Council ruling that allowed for an extra season of eligibility for spring-sport student-athletes in the wake of the cancellation of competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am heartbroken for all of our student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to COVID-19. With that being said, it is great that the NCAA has granted student-athletes an extra year of eligibility,” head coach Alex Kahoe said. “It is a huge opportunity that we are able to offer to our seniors at Saint Joseph’s. I am so grateful to have Bridget, Penny, Laura, and Julia back competing on Hawk Hill.”
Cerciello, a midfielder from Center Valley, Pennsylvania, has totaled 79 goals, 16 assists, and 95 points in 59 games in the Crimson and Gray. She set a new career best with a six-goal game at Temple on February 19 of this year, and her 20 goals and 22 points were both tops on the squad for the abbreviated 2020 season. Cerciello has earned a pair of All-Conference honors, being tabbed for the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in 2019 a year after earning Second Team laurels, and was voted onto the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team in both 2018 and 2019.
A midfielder from Herefordshire, England, Green is a veteran of 61 games in a Hawk uniform, having started 44 of them. Her 11 goals and five assists through first first seven games of the 2020 season were both already the second-highest marks of her career; all told, she has tallied 46 goals and 21 assists for 67 career points.
Lasprogata, a midfielder out of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, has appeared in 34 games, including six starts as a senior in 2020. She tallied 10 goals and 17 points over her four seasons, including a career-best three goals, two assists, and five points at La Salle on April 28, 2018. In the classroom, she has been named to the SJU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Hailing from Allendale, New Jersey, Pash has appeared in all 63 games the Hawks have played since she arrived on Hawk Hill and has started 52 of them. Ranking among the team leaders in ground balls and caused turnovers throughout her career as a defender, she was second on the team in the former and tied for first in the latter during the 2020 season. A 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie and 2019 Atlantic 10 All-Academic selection, Pash recorded the fourth-most caused turnovers and sixth-most ground balls in a season in program history in 2019 with 32 and 45, respectively.
“I want to thank President Mark C. Reed and Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner for making this possible,” Kahoe said. “We are looking forward to being back together as a team on Sweeney Field and building off of the amazing momentum from our spring 2020 season.”