For the second straight season, senior Charlie Bertrand of the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse program is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Bertrand, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, currently carries a 3.917 GPA at the conclusion of his junior academic year. The Baldwinsville, New York, native was presented with the award during the men’s lacrosse championship banquet on Friday evening.
Becoming the third straight Merrimack student-athlete to claim the prestigious honor (Bertrand in 2018, Eric Coburn ’18 in 2017), the honor is yet another on a long list of them for Bertrand, whose 2019 campaign has been one of the best in school history. He earned his second straight USILA Player of the Year and Outstanding Attackman honor yesterday, which followed his being named the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference and New England Player of the Year. Bertrand was also the only Division II player named to the Tewaaraton Watch List during the winter. His current stat line stands at 90 points on the strength of 74 goals (a new single-season program record) and 16 assists in 15 games. He leads the country in points per game (6.00) and goals per game (4.93), while his 13 man-up goals are second nationwide. He has 23 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, as well, and is shooting 51.4 percent on the season.
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.