Senior defender Dan Coates and junior attackman Simon Giourmetakis of the Canisius College men's lacrosse team both earned All-MAAC accolades after a successful 2011 campaign, being voted to the first team by the league's head coaches.
Canisius' two first-team All-MAAC selections are the most since 2008, when Adam Jones and Nick LoCoco both earned first-team honors. In addition, the Griffs led all schools with 11 all-academic selections on the night.
Coates anchored the Canisius defense throughout the 2011 season, earning all-conference honors for the first time in his career. The St. Catharines, Ontario native led the Griffs with 52 ground balls, while placing second on the squad with 18 caused turnovers. The senior led all MAAC defenders with 4.33 ground balls per game in 2011, while also adding two goals in his final season with the Golden Griffins.
Giourmetakis also earned first-team all-conference accolades for the first time in his career after leading the Canisius attack in 2011. The junior recorded team highs with 34 points, 22 goals and 12 assists this season and was even better during league play.
In MAAC games this season, Giourmetakis ranks second in the conference with 4.00 points per game and 2.67 goals per game, while placing fifth with 1.33 assists per game. The Edmonton, Alberta also finished the regular season first in the country by making 51.2 percent of his shots this season.
In addition to the two all-conference selections, 11 Griffs were recognized for their work off the field. Coates was joined by seniors Adam Jones and James McCready, juniors Mike Allaire, Kyle Bell, Travis Gibbons, Joe Greenwald and Justin Maderer plus sophomores Nick Carrasco, DJ Giacobbo and Hugh Weir on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Canisius completed the 2011 campaign with a 3-3 MAAC record, finishing tied for fourth in the conference standings.