SU roundup: Bereit named Academic All-American

AUSTIN, Texas — Shenandoah University’s Liz Bereit has been named third team Capital One Academic All-America in selections announced Tuesday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Bereit, who graduated last month Magna Cum Laude with a 3.92 GPA as a Sports Management major, is the 16th student-athlete in school history to be named Academic All-America.

She is the third women’s lacrosse player, after Deanna Estes ’98 and Courtney Beard ’07, to be selected.

Estes was the first-ever SU student-athlete to be named Academic All-America, while Beard (now Courtney Jarrett) was the first student-athlete to earn first team Academic All-America accolades.

A four-time All-league selection, Bereit was named first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s lacrosse and first team All-Chesapeake Region this spring after leading Shenandoah with 51 goals and 19 assists for 70 points.

She also was named ODAC Player of the Week on two occasions this season and led the squad in groundballs, draw controls and caused turnovers.

Off the field, Bereit was a member of the SU SAAC for four years and an officer for three. In 2014-15, she was the SAAC President after serving as Vice President in 2013-14.

She was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society in 2013 and was co-captain of the women’s lacrosse team for two seasons.

Bereit, a Latrobe, Pennsylvania native, has accepted a graduate assistantship at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia where she will pursue an MBA and serve as an assistant coach of the Lions’ women’s lacrosse team.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.