Junior Brianna Smith of the Canisius College women's soccer team was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team, as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon. Smith's selection marked the second time in her career that she has earned the first-team honor.
Starting 14 games, Smith led the Griffs in goals (11), points (22), shots (57), shot percentage (.193), shots on goal (30), and game-winning goals (3). The forward moved into the school's top-10 list in both career points and goals. Smith slid into seventh place in most career points (64) and fourth in career goals (29).
This season, Smith earned her first MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for her performance against Saint Peter's and Manhattan during the weekend of Oct. 12. The junior scored game-winning goals in both contests, including her first career hat trick against Saint Peter's to lead the Griffs. In addition to the conference honor, she was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week. It would mark the first time in her career that Smith received either weekly honor.
Among the conference statistics leaders, Smith finished second in both points (22) and goals (11), and tied for third in game-winning goals (3). Against conference opponents, she ranked second in goals (seven), scoring seven of the team's 10 goals in conference play.
As a freshman, Smith received All-MAAC First Team honors en route to being named the 2010 MAAC Rookie of the Year, as a prolific goal-scorer with 14 goals and five assists for 33 points.
Ten Canisius student-athletes were chosen to the MAAC All-Academic Team for their excellence in the classroom. Earning league academic honors were seniors Brooke Bandazian (Early Childhood - 3.25 GPA) and Keily Funk (Business Economics - 3.80 GPA), juniors Deanna Bowers (Mathematics & Statistics - 3.54 GPA), Katie Griffin (Health and Wellness - 3.61 GPA), and Kelly McMahon (Physical Education/Health Education - 3.30 GPA), and sophomores Megan Mahoney (Health and Wellness - 3.71 GPA), Michayla Marchese (Health and Wellness - 3.34 GPA), Maria Nelms (Physical Education/Health Education - 3.76 GPA), Jenny Piaggione (Special Education - 3.44 GPA), and Brigid St. Leger (Sports Management - 3.54 GPA).To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.