Senior Mike Moran headlined the award winners for the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s annual banquet on Thursday night, collecting MAAC Face-Off Specialist of the Year honors.
Sophomore midfielder Tim Edwards was also named to the All-MAAC First Team, while sophomore defender Adam Donner earned second-team accolades.
Moran led the Griffs at the faceoff X throughout his senior campaign, winning 143-of-233 restarts. The Orchard Park, N.Y. native ranks first in the MAAC and fifth in the country by claiming 61.4 percent of his faceoffs this season. Moran, who also ranks second in the MAAC and 17th nationally with 6.62 ground balls per game, places second in the school’s record book with his .614 winning percentage at the X.
During his two-year tenure at Canisius, Moran claimed 56.6 percent of his faceoffs (254-of-449), the second-best mark in the program’s history. Moran also set a school record with 22 faceoffs wins (in just 27 attempts) in a 12-11 victory against Binghamton earlier in the season.
Edwards led the Canisius offense during his sophomore campaign, posting team-highs with 39 points, 20 goals and 19 assists. The Jamesville, N.Y. native finished third in the MAAC with 3.00 points per game and second with 1.46 assists per game. He also added 28 ground balls during the season, while winning 21-of-41 faceoffs.
The all-conference accolade is the second for Edwards in as many seasons with the Griffs. The sophomore was named to the All-MAAC Second Team in 2012, while also collecting the conference’s Rookie of the Year award. In 27 career games with the Blue and Gold, Edwards has totaled 71 points, 33 goals and 38 assists.
Donner anchored the Canisius defense in his first full season starting on the back line. The sophomore started all 13 games for the Griffs, collecting 18 ground balls and a team-best 11 caused turnovers this season.
The North Tonawanda, N.Y. native is one of only two underclassmen to earn all-conference honors on defense this season. In 23 career games, Donner has totaled 28 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.
In addition to the three all-conference performers, freshmen attackmen Vince Gravino and Billy Jacobbi plus defender Rich Stapleton were all named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Gravino finished third on the team with 26 points and second with 19 goals in 12 games this season. Jacobbi recorded 11 points, seven goals and four assists after being inserted into the staring lineup for the final five games of the season. Stapleton appeared in 13 games with seven starting assignments on defense, totaling 17 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
A total of 11 Griffs were also recognized for their work away from the field. Donner, Edwards and seniors Kyle Bell, Nick Carrasco, Brendan Fox and Hugh Weir, junior Dylan Knopfke and sophomores Keegan Asmundson, Sam Connors, Cody Gould and Austin Romantic were all recognized on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Canisius finished the 2013 campaign with a 3-10 record, placing fifth in the MAAC with a 2-4 conference mark.