Current Canisius College men's lacrosse head coach and former Golden Griffin standout Randy Mearns is included in the second Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame Class. Mearns and fellow inductees Jody Gage and Paul Gait will be honored during Saturday's game.
"I am very humbled by my selection into the Rochester Knighthawk Hall of Fame," Mearns said. "What a tremendous honor it is to be inducted with Jody and Paul and to join the great class of 2009. To be recognized by the organization - considering all the great players that have worn a Knighthawk jersey - is just incredible. I really am taken aback. I cherish the great memories I have of my teammates, coaches, support staff and, without a doubt, the Knighthawk fans. This award will stay with me throughout my lifetime and I truly am speechless. Words can't describe how I feel."
Mearns played seven seasons in Rochester from 1995 to 2001 and still stands as the longest-tenured captain in the team's history (six seasons). The forward recorded 45 goals and 125 assists in 72 games and played in three championship games with the Knighthawks. In total, Mearns played nine seasons of professional lacrosse and collected 214 points in 95 games.
The head coach of his alma mater since the 1999 season, Mearns has posted 64 wins during his tenure at Canisius. He enjoyed his most successful season in 2008, leading the Griffs to their first MAAC Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
As a member of Canisius' first recruiting class, Mearns played three seasons with the Griffs from 1990 to 1992. He ranks second in school history with 190 career points and still holds the single-season records for points (94) and assists (49) in addition to the career assists mark (95).
Mearns and the Griffs return to the field on Tuesday, playing a non-conference game at Robert Morris. Game time is set for 3 p.m.