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Mike Rastivo

School

Saint Joseph’s University

Position
Attack
Major
Organization Development and Leadership (Grad.)

Classroom

Mike Rastivo graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in business administration in May 2017 and is currently pursuing an M.S. in organization development and leadership from Saint Joseph’s. In his first semester with the program in Fall 2017 he earned a 4.0 GPA.

During the summers from 2014-2016, Rastivo worked with Long Island Express Lacrosse Club and has worked part-time with Big 4 Lacrosse/HHH Philadelphia since Fall 2016. He aspires to be a club/high school/college lacrosse coach and will begin full-time employment as both the Director of HHH Operations, Middle School Division and the Offensive Coordinator at Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.) in May 2018.

Character

“In my tenure as a college athlete and coach, I’ve never been around a three-time team captain. I think this speaks to Mike Rastivo’s greatest attribute: his ability to connect with others. Mike is an exceptional leader; you hear people say that great leaders bring out the best in those around them, and Mike has a unique ability to connect with everyone in our program. Mike commands respect; he does not need to demand it. He commands respect because of the way he conducts himself and the way he treats people. Couple his natural leadership ability with his outstanding athletic accomplishment and you truly have a great example for others to follow.” – Head Coach Taylor Wray (Rastivo was voted a team captain this year, for the third consecutive season.)

Community

In Fall 2016, the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program participated in the University City Classic and raised $3,000 in donations toward HEADstrong in an effort to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families through providing essential programs and services. In Fall 2015, the Hawks hosted the first annual HEADstrong SJU Fall Scrimmage, through which the Hawks fundraised $3,000. Rastivo was involved with SJU’s Hawks for Cancer/HEADstrong t-shirt sales (2014-16) and organized and fundraised men’s lacrosse proceeds for the SJU Kinney Center 5k Walk/Run for Autism, which raised the most money of all groups for three consecutive years (2015-17). He participated in SJU’s Martin Luther King Day of Service for four consecutive years (2014-17), which involved cleaning up public trails and blocks and renovating elementary schools to benefit the local Philadelphia community. He also volunteered at the John C. Anderson Cultural Center Halloween Party for three years (2015-17) in an effort to help kids of the local community celebrate the holiday. In 2013, Restive also helped fundraise and create jersey auctions for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Competition

Rastivo was named the 2017 Inside Lacrosse NEC Preseason Player of the Year favorite, a 2016 USILA/Nike All-American Honorable Mention honoree, a 2016 Tewarraton Watch List selection, the 2016 NEC Player of the Year, a two-time NEC Offensive Player of the Year (2015-16), a two-time NEC First-Team pick (2015-16), a two-time NEC All-Tournament Team selection (2014-15) and a 2014 NEC All-Rookie Team pick. He is a five-time NEC Player of the Week and was the Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week on 4/19/2016 after scoring six goals—including the equalizer with 10 seconds left in regulation—in an OT win over Bryant. In SJU’s recordbooks, he ranks second in career goals with 117, just four off from the school record as of April 6, 2018, ranks fourth in career shots (309) ranks fifth in career points (173) and ties for ninth in career assists (56) at SJU. In 2016, he led SJU in points with 57, goals with 35, and assists with 22. He ranked in the NEC’s top three in apt with 1.98, gpg with 2.19, and points per game with 3.56. In 2015, he led SJU in points with 62, and goals with 43, while leading the NEC in ppg (3.65), gpg (2.53), shot percentage (.374), and individual man-up goals (8). He has scored in 47 of 52 career games and has recorded a point in 51 of them. He owns 31 multi-goal games, including 11 games with 4+ goals, and 20 games with 4+ points. He also owns 12g, 2a in five NEC postseason games, including a pair of 5g games in semifinal appearances in 2014 and 2015. He had a career-high 10 pts (4g, career-high 6a) vs. VMI (2016) and dished out the overtime, game-winning assist in SJU’s first program win over Penn (2016).