Canisius College men's lacrosse head coach Randy Mearns announced the addition of 15 players to the 2014 Golden Griffin roster on Wednesday.
“We have added 15 phenomenal student-athletes to our program and since coming onto campus in the fall, they have done nothing but improve our performance on the field and in the classroom,” Mearns said. “As a staff, we are very excited about the Class of 2017. They are making our program better each and every day along with our 27 returning players. We are looking for a number of our freshmen to come in and contribute immediately to our success in the spring."
Canisius is returning nine starters and 25 letterwinners from the 2013 team.
Nick Binnert • M
Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta HS
Played four seasons at Rush-Henrietta High School • Two-time team captain • Accumulated 92 goals and 52 assists during his career, including 51 goals and 30 assists as a senior • Earned second-team all-league honors as a senior, while receiving honorable mention during his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Paul Burich • LSM
Pendleton, N.Y./Canisius HS
Earned three letters at Canisius High School • Collected 10 goals and 100 ground balls as a senior • Accumulated 18 goals and 180 ground balls during his career • Named to the all-league team on two occasions • Also a goalie on the school’s soccer team, helping the Crusaders to a state championship.
Connor Cleary • D
East Amherst, N.Y./Canisius HS
Earned four letters at Canisius High School • Named to the All-Western New York Second Team and was a two-time selection to the All-Catholic Team • Accumulated 204 ground balls, four goals and five assists as a senior • Collected 730 ground balls, eight goals and 12 assists during his four-year career.
Ryan Culley • M
Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side HS
Played two seasons at South Side High School • Earned National Honor Society accolades.
James Deakin • D
Clarence, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate
Earned four letters at St. Joseph’s • Named the team’s Defensive MVP • Also collected All-Catholic League accolades • Recorded seven goals, 12 assists and 85 ground balls as a senior • Totaled 20 goals, 33 assists and 288 ground balls during his career • Also a member of the hockey team with the Marauders, helping the team to Catholic State Championship twice.
Jeff Edwards • M
Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt HS
Played three seasons at Jamesville-Dewitt High School, helping the Red Rams to the 2011 state title • Earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior, while receiving honorable mention as a sophomore • Recorded 27 goals and 12 assists as a senior in addition to winning 70 percent of his faceoffs • Overall, registered 52 goals and 41 assists during his career • Also a member of the basketball and golf teams at Jamesville-Dewitt.
Adam Huber • A
Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron HS
Earned four letters at Mount Hebron High School • Collected first-team all-county honors as a senior and second-team accolades as a junior • Totaled 50 goals and 28 assists as a senior and 108 goals and 73 assists during his career.
Jon Lunney • M
Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville North HS
Played four seasons at Williamsville North High School • Earned first-team All-Class B honors • Recorded 36 goals, 40 assists and 65 ground balls as a senior • Also a member of the hockey team with the Spartans, helping the team to the state championship.
Michael Mulvihill • M
Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt HS
Earned two letters at Jamesville-Dewitt High School • Helped the Red Rams reach the state semifinals both seasons, including the title game once • Totaled 11 points, four goals and seven assists during his career • Also a member of the soccer and basketball teams with the Red Rams.
Kael Naylor • M
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Evan Hardy Collegiate
Played field lacrosse for the Elev8 and for the Saskatoon Scorpions • Won two Junior B Box Lacrosse Provincial Championships in 2010 and 2011 • Also played football and hockey in high school.
Mike Perrino • M (Junior)
Solon, Ohio/Roanoke College/Roanoke College
Spent the 2013 season at Roanoke College, appearing in three games with two goals • Also played for Wooster College during the 2012 campaign, totaling 19 points, 14 goals and five assists in 14 contests, while winning 53.9 percent of his faceoffs • Earned four letters at Solon High School • Collected all-region honors in 2011, totaling 36 points, 31 goals and five assists.
Lewis Vaccaro • M
Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon-St. Jude HS
Earned four letters at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School • Totaled 55 goals and 40 assists during his career • Two-time selection to the All-Catholic Team • Also a member of the football and basketball teams with the Tigers.
Vinny Valenza • A
Columbia, Md./Long Reach HS
Earned four varsity letters at Long Reach High School • Two-time Team MVP • Collected second-team all-county honors • Totaled 88 goals and 50 assists during his career, including 35 goals and 18 assists as a senior • Also a member of the hockey team with the Lightning.
Steve Wizniuk • M
Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate
Earned two letters at De La Salle Collegiate • Named MVP of the Kyle Rymiszewski Cup • Also a Team MVP in one season at Utica High School.
Jordan Zaman • M
Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady HS
Earned four letters at Schenectady High School • Collected first-team all-league honors and received honorable mention to the all-area team • Also played one season on the football team with the Patriots.
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