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Andrew Pettit

School

Lehigh University

Position
Attack
Major
Finance and Management

Classroom

Pettit has enjoyed success at a prestigious institution; Lehigh is currently tied for 50th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report top national universities. Pettit owns a 3.23 cumulative GPA as a double major in finance and management and is a real estate minor. That includes a 3.5 GPA in Pettit’s major and minor classes. Most recently, Pettit earned a spot on the Dean’s List in the Fall 2019 with a 3.75 semester GPA as the fourth highest semester GPA on the team. Pettit was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2017, 2018, and 2019 with spring semester GPAs of 3.4, 3.48 and 3.46, respectively.

Pettit, who recently accepted a job in commercial real estate in New York City, has also received the Faculty Athletics Council Award almost every semester for semester GPAs over 3.2. He has plenty of relevant work experience, including two summers ago 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. The prior summer (2017), Pettit 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 three-time captain of the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, devoting 20+ hours per week to weight training, skill work, practice, conditioning, film study and team meetings. As a junior in 2018, 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. Despite being injured in the preseason last year (2019) and missing the entire season, Pettit still used his leadership to help the Mountain Hawks to their second consecutive Patriot League Championship Game. He was again named a team captain prior to the 2020 season.

Within the men’s lacrosse program, different councils have been created and Pettit has been 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 to undergo leadership development and education).

Community

Pettit and the Mountain Hawks have continually taken part in community service. Just a few days into every fall semester, the men’s lacrosse program holds its 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 three 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 in 2018, the Mountain Hawks absolutely shattered their goal, raising over $20,000 for the fight against cancer. The strong fundraising only continued in 2019.

In the past, Pettit has been involved with Reading Rocks 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 and delivering them in early December.

Competition

Pettit suffered a season-ending injury last preseason, but returns in 2020 for a fifth year. Named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as junior, Pettit has 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. 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.

Also in 2018, Pettit tied a career-high seven points vs. Holy Cross while also adding seven points at Hofstra. Hofstra stood as the nation’s No. 1 defense at the time and Pettit went on to have more points himself (7) than the Pride were allowing 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.