After being named the nation’s co-most outstanding player earlier in the day, as well as the country’s top attackman and a First Team All-American, sophomore Charlie Bertrand was recognized for his dominance in the classroom after being named the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Bertrand, a mechanical engineering major, concluded the spring semester with a 3.92 cumulative GPA through four semesters in one of the College’s most rigorous academic tracks. He was presented with the award during the NCAA DII/III Men’s Lacrosse Banquet on Friday evening at Gillette Stadium. He becomes the second straight Warrior to garner the honor after current senior Eric Coburn did so at last year’s championship.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
The Elite 90 Award is just another accolade to add to Bertrand’s already-loaded resume. He claimed the program’s first overall USILA Player of the Year honor since former All-American Corey Lunney ’13 earlier today and made it two for two for his career in terms of being named an All-American. He earned first team honors and was also tabbed the nation’s top attack after representing one of the sport’s most potent scorers, one that teams have had few answers for all year. He will finish as the Northeast-10 Conference’s leader in goals scored, currently owning 58 tallies on the year while ranking fifth nationally averaging 3.41 goals per game. He also ranks 11th nationally in scoring average (4.41). Overall, the sophomore has 75 points (58g, 17a) and has had at least three goals in 11 games and at least two points in every single contest, featuring four seven-plus-point outings during that span.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.
Bertrand and the rest of the Warriors will take on Saint Leo in the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship Final on Sunday (May 27) at 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. A win would give the program its first national title.