STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College is listed among the 339 schools across Division I, II, III, and NAIA as Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads, as announced by the organization earlier this week.
The IWLCA also released the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll and, for the second consecutive season, senior Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) claimed the national academic award. She is one of 22 players from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to earn the honor.
To qualify for this prestigious IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad accolade, the women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. The Monks registered a 3.21 team GPA during the 2017-18 academic campaign and join Johnson & Wales University, Lasell College, Regis (Mass.), and Simmons College as one of five GNAC programs to claim the award.
Caiazzo, who double-majored in Political Science and Environmental Science at Saint Joseph's, was also honored with 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's and Women's At-Large accolades following her senior season. Also a standout on the Monks' field hockey team for three years, she graduated in May having earned 45 honors – including eight academic awards - during her two-sport collegiate career.
Arguably the best player in SJC women's lacrosse history, Caiazzo, netted 59 goals with nine assists for 68 total points with 58 ground balls, 103 draw controls, and 21 caused turnovers in 16 games during the 2018 campaign. The 2015 GNAC Rookie of the Year, 2017 GNAC Player of the Year, and four-time All-Conference honoree graduated as the owner of 14 team records, including the top marks for career goals (263), points (319), and free-position goals (51).
She became the first SJC player to surpass the 300-point plateau after netting four goals in a 20-10 victory over Norwich on April 7th.
Caiazzo finished her final collegiate season ranked fourth among active NCAA DIII players in career goals (263), ninth in ground balls (242), and 10th in total points (319).
Under the watch of Head Coach Rupert Lewis, Saint Joseph's College closed out the 2018 campaign with an 11-5 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in GNAC play, last spring en route to earning the #5 seed in the GNAC Tournament. The Monks played at #4 Regis (Mass.) on Saturday, April 28th and suffered a season-ending 9-6 loss at the hands of the Pride.