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.@LehighLacrosse’s Gaffney (Lenape-NJ) named Google Cloud Academic All-American

Saturday, 16th June 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 6/16/18
From Press Release

After being named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-District honoree, Lehigh men’s lacrosse sophomore Conor Gaffney (Lenape-NJ, Duke’s LC) has been named a third team Google Cloud Academic All-American, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Recognized on the Men’s At-Large team, Gaffney is the program’s second-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American and first since Jonathan Stumpf was also named to the third team in 2011.

Conor Gaffney

Gaffney was one of just four men’s lacrosse student-athletes in the nation named Academic All-Americans, all named to the third team. Also recognized were Tewaaraton Award winner Ben Reeves of Yale, Chris Blewitt of Saint Joseph’s and Nick Griffin of UMBC.

Over his first three semesters at Lehigh, Gaffney owned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in Mechanical Engineering and was a first team All-Patriot League honoree on the field. This season, Gaffney became just the second Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Lehigh to also be named first team All-League in the same season (the other being Michael Rabinovitz in 2002). Gaffney has been named to the Dean’s List every semester, garnering the Faculty Athletics Council Award as well and being named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Gaffney currently stands eighth among active players in career faceoff percentage (60.0). The league’s leader in faceoff percentage in 2018 (59.4 percent, 214-of-360), Gaffney impressed against some of the league’s top faceoff specialists, including winning 13-of-21 against Navy’s Varello in the regular season (who finished at 58.6 percent on the year), 11-of-20 vs. Colgate’s Colin Orr (who won 58.9 percent in 2018) and 12-of-20 against Army’s John Ragno (who won 53.7 percent). Gaffney won 17-of-20 at Lafayette, 16-of-23 against Cornell and 14-of-20 at Bucknell. He played a crucial role in Lehigh’s 13-8 win at No. 18/19 Hofstra on Mar. 20, winning 15-of-24 against Kyle Gallagher, who entered the day at 61.8 percent on the season. In the Patriot League Tournament, Gaffney continued to impress, winning 10-of-18 against Colgate, 12-of-23 against Navy (including a perfect 5-of-5 in the fourth quarter and overtime) and 14-of-24 at Loyola.

Gaffney was named Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week four times in 2018, including a stretch of three straight weeks in March. He has won 10 weekly awards over the first two years of his career.

The Mountain Hawks return a strong core of talent in 2018, highlighted by the current junior class which features Lehigh’s top three scorers in Andrew Pettit, Lucas Spence and Tristan Rai who combined for 172 points this season (104 goals, 68 assists). Chick, junior Eddie Bouhall and freshman Teddy Leggett are among Lehigh’s returnees defensively after combining for 85 caused turnovers this season, most in the nation among three teammates. Gaffney returns in the faceoff circle while James Spence returns in goal after tallying a 9.08 goals against average and 0.498 save percentage during his freshman campaign.

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