November 08, 2013
Goalie a success in and out of goalDespite graduating last May, Emily Stankaitis leaves behind a legacy that continues to grow at Susquehanna. The former star of the Crusaders women's lacrosse team was named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in August.
This annual award, which has been given since 1991, honors graduating student-athletes who have excelled throughout their careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
In addition to starting all four years on the field for the Crusaders, Stankaitis earned a degree in psychology. Despite committing herself wholeheartedly to her academic and athletic commitments, Stankaitis also found the time and energy to volunteer extensively on campus and within the local community, helping when she could.
Stankaitis was an active member with Susquehanna's Lutheran Student Movement and participated in a number of service projects and leadership opportunities. While doing all of these things, she still was able to find time to serve as sergeant at arms of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and team leader for the Susquehanna Female Athletic Connection Team.
In terms of the accolade-filled athletic career of Stankaitis, this award is essentially just the cherry on top. After securing the starting spot in her freshman campaign, success quickly followed.
With Stankaitis in goal, Susquehanna earned a 47-12 record over the last four years for a .797 winning percentage. Stankaitis earned multiple national and conference accolades. In her last year, she led the Crusaders to an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.
"Emily Stankaitis is an exemplar of what it means to be an NCAA Division III student-athlete," University President L. Jay Lemons said. "She has been not only a top student and an All-American lacrosse goalie, Emily has also excelled as a musician and university citizen in a variety of activities. We salute Emily Stankaitis for her many remarkable accomplishments and share in her family's pride for the outstanding woman that she has become."
Stankaitis said: "I am deeply honored to be named into such an accomplished group of women, and I never dreamed of receiving recognition such as this. I owe it all to my family for building a strong foundation of support in my life and inspired me to be the best version of me that I can be."
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