Senior Morgan Leonard and sophomores Tori Quinn and Kayla Scully highlighted the Canisius College honorees at the annual MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Banquet on Thursday night. Leonard was named the league’s Midfielder of the Year, while Quinn earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Year honors and Scully collected Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Overall, seven Griffs earned all-conference honors on Thursday, including a school-record six first-team selections. Quinn, Leonard and Scully were joined on the All-MAAC First Team by senior midfielder Lindsey Morgan, junior midfielder Maria Kotas and freshman defender Ashley Bull. Freshman defender Sami Franco earned All-MAAC Second Team honors with Bull and Franco also being named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team.
Leonard collected the conference’s Midfielder of the Year honors after earning MAAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades last season. The senior has recorded 58 points on a team-best 49 goals and nine assists, while also leading the Griffs with 49 ground balls and 44 caused turnovers. Earning All-MAAC First Team honors for the second-straight season, Leonard ranks second in the country with 2.75 caused turnovers per game, seventh with 3.06 ground balls per game and 17th with 3.06 goals per game.
In her two seasons at Canisius, Leonard has totaled 97 points, 78 goals, 19 assists, 94 ground balls, 84 caused turnovers and 78 draw controls. She is just three points shy of becoming the 10th player in school history to record 100 career points and is the second Griff to earn MAAC Midfielder of the Year honors, joining Megan Oosting last season.
Quinn became the third Griff to earn MAAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades, joining Whitney Card in 2006 and her sister Carly last season. Quinn leads the Griffs with 67 points this season on 42 goals and 25 assists, the fourth most in school history and just 11 shy of the school record. The sophomore leads the MAAC with 4.19 points per game, ranks second with 1.56 assists per game and third with 2.62 goals per game.
The Orangeville, Ontario native also collected all-conference honors as a rookie last season, earning second-team accolades in 2012. In 32 career games, Quinn has totaled 92 points, 62 goals and 30 assists.
The nation’s leader in save percentage, Scully anchored the Canisius defense during her sophomore campaign. She ranks first in Division I with a .533 save percentage and fifth in the country with a 7.28 goals against average.
Scully is the first underclassmen to win Defensive Player of the Year honors since 2006. In addition, she is the third Griff in four years to earn the league’s MAAC Defensive Player of the Year award and the fifth overall. Elise Crawford (2004), Alana Chan (2005), Allison Daley (2010) and Leonard (2012) also earned the accolade at Canisius.
Morgan earned all-conference accolades for the third time in her career. She was also named to the All-MAAC First Team last season, while collecting second-team honors in 2011. During her senior campaign, Morgan has totaled 43 points, 32 goals, 11 assists, 42 ground balls, 32 caused turnovers and 15 ground balls.
The two-time team captain currently ranks ninth nationally with 2.00 caused turnovers per game. Morgan also places eighth in school history with 123 career points, sixth with 98 career goals and fourth with 88 career caused turnovers.
Kotas earned first-team All-MAAC honors for the first time in her career after collecting second-team accolades in each of her first two seasons. The junior leads the Griffs with 43 draw controls this season, while ranking second with 22 assists and third with 55 points, 33 goals, 41 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.
Bull becomes just the fourth Griff to earn All-MAAC First Team honors following her rookie campaign, joining Kristy Grossman in 1999 and Whitney Card and Alana Chan in 2005. Bull has helped anchor the top scoring defense in school history this season, which has allowed 8.19 goals per game – more than two goals per game less than the current record (10.45 in 2011). Bull has started 15 games in 2013, collecting 30 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, four draw controls, one goal and one assist.
Franco has also helped anchor the top scoring defense in school history en route to second-team all-conference honors as a rookie. Franco has totaled 20 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and five draw controls, while also drawing the assignment of the opposing team’s top offensive threat.
In addition, six Griffs were honored for their work away from the field. Leonard and Quinn were joined by senior Gina Molfetta and sophomores Casey Depauw, Tori Greco and Natalie Wagaman on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
After winning the program’s first MAAC regular-season title, the Griffs now look to become the first school in conference history to win three-straight MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments. Top-seeded Canisius, who went 12-4 and 6-0 in league play during the season, opens the tournament on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against fourth-seeded Siena in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.