Pacitti, Vitello add NEILA Academic honors

NEWTON, Mass. – Saint Anselm College seniors Alex Pacitti and Mark Vitello were both named to the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Academic All-New England Teams on Thursday afternoon.

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Earlier this week, Vitello was named to the NEILA All-New England First Team, while Pacitti earned a spot on the Second Team. Back on May 4, Pacitti was named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference First Team, while Vitello earned a spot on the Second Team. The duo become the fifth and sixth members of the program named to the NEILA All-New England Academic Team, joining James McCurdy and Jake Stokes who grabbed the recognition a season ago.

Pacitti was also named the Saint Anselm Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as the Charles J. Quinn Sportsmanship Award winner two weeks ago. Pacitti appeared in 14 games this season, registering 18 goals to go with seven assists for 25 points while adding 25 groundballs and four caused turnovers. The senior recorded a point in 12-of-14 games played this season, including five multi-point games for the Hawks. Pacitti recorded a hat-trick and added an assist in a 16-12 win over Saint Rose back on March 25, and he later scored four goals in back-to-back wins over Assumption and #16 Southern N.H.

Over his four-year career, Pacitti appeared in 50 games, recording 43 goals and 19 assists for 62 points, while adding 46 groundballs and eight caused turnovers. This season, Pacitti set new career-highs in groundballs and caused turnovers, while his goals and assists totals were second only to his performance as a junior (21g, 8a, 29p).

Mark Vitello was named to the All-NE10 Second Team as a midfielder for the second-straight season after registering 30 points on 23 goals and seven assists this season. Vitello's 23 goals ranked 23rd in the league and was the fourth-best total on the team. Vitello recorded a point in 12-of-14 games, including eight games with multiple points. The senior had three four-goal games this season, including a pair of five-point days in wins over AIC and #16 SNHU.

Over his four years, Vitello appeared in 50 games, scoring 62 goals and adding 16 assists for 78 points. In addition to his Second Team nod a season ago, Vitello also earned NEILA All-New England First Team honors, becoming just the 15th player in program history to earn that distinction.

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