May 15, 2014
VILLAOVA, Pa. - Senior long-stick midfielder John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) of the Villanova men's lacrosse team was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team as announced on Thursday, May 15.
By virtue of his placement on the district's first team, LoCascio is eligible for the national Academic All-America ballot, which will be voted upon by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 2013 and 2014 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, LoCascio is set to earn a degree in Finance with a minor in Economics from the Villanova School of Business over this coming weekend. In 2013-14, LoCascio was named a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the second straight season and was also named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team for a third consecutive year. He is also a current finalist for the Senior CLASS Award presented to the nation's most outstanding men's lacrosse student-athlete.
On the field, the reigning two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year finished his senior season with 77 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers and also added in five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. His career points total is good for third amongst active long-poles in the NCAA.
LoCascio's career numbers are even more impressive. He is second all-time at Villanova in caused turnovers (123) and ranks fifth all-time at VU with 241 ground balls. Over the course of his career, LoCascio has been named a Third Team USILA All-American while serving as a two-year captain of the men's lacrosse team. He continued his playing career with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse this past weekend and was named the MLL Rookie of the Week for the week of May 12th.
LoCascio is the first men's lacrosse student-athlete to be named to the All-District team since Brian Karalunas also earned the distinction following the 2011 season.
To be eligible for the Academic All-America program, student-athletes must achieve sophomore standing at their current school and possess a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.3. Participants in fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling are eligible for the men's at-large program.