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Andrew Pettit

School

Lehigh University

Position
Attack
Major
Finance

Classroom

Andrew Pettit has enjoyed impressive success at a prestigious institution, as Lehigh is currently tied for 46th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report top national universities. Pettit owns a 3.14 cumulative GPA as a finance major and real estate minor. That includes a 3.51 GPA in finance and real estate classes. Pettit was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018 with GPAs of 3.4 and 3.5 respectively within his athletic seasons. Pettit has also received the Faculty Athletics Council Award five times for semester GPAs over 3.2.

He has plenty of relevant work experience, including this past summer when he worked with Roch Capital as a Real Estate Investment Analyst Intern. While there, Pettit modeled over $600 million in potential investment properties in markets all over the United States. He also performed extensive analysis of each property’s historical and pro formal financials, historical and future capital expenditures and much more.

During Pettit’s prior summer (2017), he was a Global Provider Strategy Intern at BlackRock. He aided in BAU projected and had other responsibilities such as helping create presentations, excel documents and other communication pieces. Pettit helped with the implementation and improvement of the due diligence control and review program with emphasis on Business Continuity Management, Technology Risk Management, Disaster Recovery, Information Security and Sourcing and Vendor Management.

Character

Pettit is a two-time captain of the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, devoting 20-plus hours per week to weight training, skill work, practice, conditioning, film study and team meetings. Last year, Pettit impressed so much in the way he carried himself and served as a leader that he was added as one of the team’s assistant captains mid-season. The Mountain Hawks went on to advance to the Patriot League championship game and enter this year ranked No. 13 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook. Pettit was named a team captain prior to this season.

Within the men’s lacrosse program, different councils have been created, with Pettit heavily involved in the Leadership Council (council of voted-upon individuals from each class to handle the vision and goals of the team). Pettit has also taken part in Flight 45, Lehigh Athletics’ Leadership Academy, in the Emerging Leaders Program (hand-picked student-athletes who undergo leadership development and education).

Community

Pettit and the men’s lacrosse team have continually taken part in community service. Just a few days into every fall semester, the Mountain Hawks hold their annual community service kickoff for the City of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation. Pettit and the Mountain Hawks have also hosted Community Night in the past when they open their doors to all members of the community for an hour-long free lacrosse clinic.

In each of the last two seasons, Lehigh has taken part in the Nicholas Colleluori Classic. Lehigh joined forces with the HEADstrong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing essential services to improve lives affected by cancer. In 2017, Lehigh Lacrosse more than quadrupled its initial fundraising goal of $3,000 by raising $13,339 for HEADstrong’s 2017 “Go Lime” campaign. It was the most money raised by any team or group of teams in the entire campaign. Then this past fall (2018), the Mountain Hawks absolutely shattered their goal, raising over $20,000 for the fight against cancer.

In the past, Pettit has taken part in the Reading Rocks program at local Donegan Elementary School. With Reading Rocks, the whole team spent approximately one hour with the students, helping them read before getting to know the youngsters through playing games and other activities. Every holiday season, Pettit and the Mountain Hawks take part in Adopt-A-Family where they provide a holiday for a local underprivileged family. The process includes shopping for gifts, wrapping them and delivering them in early December.

Competition

Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last March, Pettit has developed into one of the nation’s best offensive players. He was named first-team All-Patriot League last season and was among the best attackmen in a league that included Pat Spencer of Loyola, Will Sands of Bucknell and Chris Gray of Boston University. Pettit led the Mountain Hawks in goals (46, which also led the Patriot League) and points (66), good for fourth and ninth in school history, respectively. Pettit finished 10th nationally in goals per game (2.71). He also finished third nationally in man-up goals with 10. Pettit had 14 multi-goal games, 16 multi-point games and nine hat tricks, helping lead the Mountain Hawks to a 10-7 record and a trip to the Patriot League championship game.

Last season, Pettit tied a career-high seven points vs. Holy Cross (two goals, five assists) while adding seven points at Hofstra (three goals, four assists) as well. Hofstra stood as the nation’s No. 1 defense at the time and Pettit went on to have more points himself (7) than the team was allowing opponent teams on average (6.33) entering the day. Pettit also scored five goals at No. 12 Army, including the first three goals of the fourth quarter, to turn a 6-5 Lehigh deficit into an 8-6 lead. That effort earned Pettit Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and a spot on the USILA National Team of the Week. Pettit currently owns 88 goals and 120 points in his career as of nomination time.