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Falconer and Samuels Earn All-Region Honors

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 12/12/2012
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Senior midfielder Gavin Falconer and sophomore forward Asani Samuels of the Canisius College men's soccer team both earned all-region accolades after helping the Griffs to one of their most successful seasons in program history.

Falconer was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Atlantic First Team, becoming the first Griff to garner first team accolades in the program's history. Samuels earned third-team distinction as Canisius placed two student-athletes on the all-region teams for the first time.

An attacking midfielder, Falconer was also named to the All-MAAC First Team as a senior. He led Canisius with 26 points, 10 goals and six assists during the 2012 campaign. He ranks fifth in the program's record book with his 10 goals this season, while his 26 points place seventh and his six assists are ninth.

A native of Waterford, Ireland, Falconer finished the campaign third in the MAAC in points, goals and assists. He also ranks 20th nationally in points per game (1.53) and 31st in goals per game (0.59).

A sophomore forward, Samuels was one of just seven underclassmen among the 33 players selected to the all-region teams in the North Atlantic. He recorded eight points and four goals this season, while stretching the opponent's defense up top as the team's lone forward.

Falconer and Samuels are the third and fourth Griffs to earn all-region honors. Fabien Lewis was the first Canisius student-athlete to collect the accolade, earning third-team honors in 2004. Alan McGreal was a two-time all-region selection, earning second-team accolades in 2006 and third-team honors in 2009.

Canisius completed one of its most successful seasons in school history during the 2012 season under second-year head coach Dermot McGrane. The Griffs received votes in the national rankings for the first time in the program's history and reached as high as second in the NSCAA North Atlantic poll. In addition, Canisius finished the campaign with eight wins (tied for the most in school history against Division I competition) and over .500 for the first time since 1987.

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