Freshman Tim Edwards highlighted the award winners by the Canisius College men's lacrosse team at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's annual banquet on Thursday night, earning MAAC Rookie of the Year accolades.
Edwards also earned second-team All-MAAC honors, while senior attackman Simon Giourmetakis and senior defender Ryan O'Hagan collected first-team accolades.
In his rookie campaign, Edwards totaled 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 11 contests. He leads all rookie midfielders in the nation with 2.55 points per game, which also ranks seventh among all freshmen in the country and first in the MAAC. In addition, Edwards places fifth in the MAAC this season and first among midfielders with 1.55 assists per game.
Overall, Edwards is tied for second on the team with his 28 points and also leads the Griffs with 10 multi-point games in 2012. He is the third Griff to earn the conference's Rookie of the Year award, joining Tim Rowley in 2007 and Nick LoCoco in 2008.
Giourmetakis earned first-team All-MAAC honors for the second-consecutive season after leading the Griffs' attack in 2012, posting a team-best 39 points and 29 goals. The senior currently places second in the MAAC and 13th nationally with 2.64 goals per game plus third in the conference and 20th in the country with 3.60 points per game.
The Edmonton, Alberta native is the fourth player in the program's history to earn first-team all-conference honors on at least two occasions, joining Mark Miyashita (2000, 2003), Kevin Ross (2004, 2006, 2007) and Adam Jones (2008, 2009, 2010). He currently ranks 16th in the school's record book with 106 career points and 14th with 72 career goals.
O'Hagan becomes the second Canisius defender in the program's history to earn first-team All-MAAC honors, joining 2011 recipient Dan Coates. The senior leads the Griffs with 14 caused turnovers, ranking fourth in the MAAC with 1.27 per game. He also places fourth on the team with 25 ground balls, while adding one assist in 2012.
During his career, O'Hagan has collected 74 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers. His 47 caused turnovers are the second most in school history since the statistic was first kept during the 2008 season.
In addition to the three all-conference selections, 10 Griffs were recognized for their work off the field. Seniors Mike Allaire, Sean Callahan, Travis Gibbons, Joe Greenwald and Justin Maderer, juniors Nick Carrasco, Brendan Fox, DJ Giacobbo and Hugh Weir and sophomore Dylan Knopfke were all recognized on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Canisius now turns its attention toward the field with a MAAC semifinal contest on Friday. The third-seeded Griffs play second-seeded Detroit with a spot in the MAAC Championship on the line. Game time on the campus of Marist College is set for 4:30 p.m.