Seniors Carly Quinn and Megan Oosting and junior Morgan Leonard highlighted the Canisius College honorees at the annual MAAC Women's Lacrosse Banquet on Thursday night. Quinn earned the league's Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Oosting was named MAAC Midfielder of the Year and Leonard shared Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Overall, the Griffs matched a school record with seven all-conference selections on the night. Quinn, Oosting and Leonard were joined on the All-MAAC First Team by junior Lindsey Morgan. Sophomores Gabby Kotas and Maria Kotas and freshman Tori Quinn earned All-MAAC Second Team accolades.
Quinn is the second Griff to earn MAAC Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Whitney Card in 2006. As a senior, Quinn leads the team with 68 points, netting 28 goals to go along with 40 assists. Her 68 points are currently one shy of the school record, while her 40 helpers are two short of the program's standard. Quinn ranks first in the MAAC and 27th nationally with 4.25 points per game plus first in the conference and eighth in the country with 2.50 assists per game.
During her four-year career, Quinn has accumulated 193 points, 104 goals and 89 assists. The Orangeville, Ontario native, who also earned first-team all-conference accolades as a junior, enters the weekend third in school history in career points, fifth in career goals and second in career assists.
The winner of the conference's inaugural Midfielder of the Year award, Oosting has recorded 57 points on a team-best 49 goals and eight assists. She also leads the Griffs with 58 draw controls to go along with 30 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. The senior leads all players in the MAAC in both goals and draw controls, ranking 13th nationally with 3.27 goals per game and 24th with 3.87 draw controls per game.
A three-time All-MAAC First-Team selection, Oosting has totaled 176 points, 145 goals, 31 assists, 189 draw controls, 133 ground balls and 84 caused turnovers during her career. She owns the school's all-time records in goals and draw controls, while ranking fourth in points, fourth in caused turnovers and seventh in assists.
Leonard anchored the Griff defense in her first season at Canisius after spending the previous two years at Delaware. The junior leads all players in the MAAC with 37 caused turnovers in 2012, ranking fifth nationally with 2.31 per game. She also leads the Griffs with 41 ground balls in addition to 30 draw controls, 18 goals and eight assists.
Leonard, who shared the award with Siena's Amanda Corso and Iona's Stephanie Sumicizk, is the fourth Griff to collect MAAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades, joining Elise Crawford in 2004, Alana Chan in 2005 and Allison Daley in 2010.
Morgan had a breakthrough season for the Griffs from the midfield. A second-team All-MAAC selection as a sophomore, she ranks second on the team with 39 goals and 25 caused turnovers plus third with 44 points. The junior currently places sixth in the MAAC with 2.44 goals per game and second with 1.56 caused turnovers per game. She has also added 34 ground balls and 20 draw controls in 2012.
Gabby Kotas collected all-conference accolades for the first time in her career. The sophomore defender has started all 16 games for the Griffs, totaling 25 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and six draw controls.
Maria Kotas earned second-team all-conference honors for the second-straight campaign. On the offensive end, the sophomore midfielder ranks fourth on the team with 18 goals and fifth with 24 points. The Lancaster, New York native also places third on the team in both ground balls (31) and draw controls (29), while ranking fourth with 17 caused turnovers on the defensive end.
Tori Quinn is the fifth Griff to earn all-conference accolades in her rookie season. The Orangeville, Ontario native has appeared in 16 games with six starting assignments, totaling 20 points, 16 goals, 18 draw controls, 16 caused turnovers and 16 ground balls.
Quinn plus fellow freshman Meghan Cuddy and Kayla Scully were also named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
In addition to the Griffs' seven all-conference selections, six student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom. Oosting and Quinn were joined by seniors Rachel Brand and Mary Butlak and juniors Kate Gosson and Gina Molfetta on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
The second-seeded Griffs open defense of their 2011 MAAC Championship on Friday, hosting third-seeded Marist in the semifinals of the 2012 MAAC Tournament. First draw at the Demske Sports Complex is set for 8 p.m.