Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/21/20
From Press Release
For a third straight season, Lehigh men’s lacrosse senior Conor Gaffney (Lenape-NJ) has been named a CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large honoree, as announced today.
Gaffney now has three of the program’s four all-time Academic All-District awards, the other being Jonathan Stumpf in 2011. Gaffney will be in the running for Academic All-America honors; he was named a third-team Academic All-American in 2018 and 2019.
Gaffney was one of just four Division I men’s lacrosse student-athletes honored with Academic All-District laurels. For the complete list, please click here (PDF).
Named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, Gaffney’s academic success has been endless. He entered the spring semester with a 3.94 cumulative GPA as a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Integrated Business and Engineering (Finance).
He’s a two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as both a sophomore and junior (the award wasn’t presented in 2020 due to the shortened season). Gaffney’s two honors have tied the Patriot League record. He is also a multi-time team Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Gaffney is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honors Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Gaffney won the Elisha P. Wilbur Mathematics Award for the top performance in first-year engineering mathematics courses.
Since he arrived at Lehigh, Gaffney has been one of the best faceoff specialists in the nation and that continued in 2020. Through eight games, Gaffney stood ninth nationally in faceoff percentage (65.7), winning 67-of-102 with 42 groundballs. He is the Patriot League all-time record holder for career faceoff wins (669) and groundballs (391), breaking the groundball mark this season vs. Navy.
Gaffney was named a Tewaaraton Award candidate prior to the year and was an Inside Lacrosse and USILA honorable mention All-American as a junior. Gaffney was named first team All-Patriot League as a sophomore and junior, winning Faceoff Specialist of the Year his junior campaign. For his career, Gaffney has won 669-of-1047 faceoffs, shattering the program career records and holding the single-season marks for groundballs (152) and faceoff wins (249), both set as a junior.
Lehigh was in the midst of an impressive season in 2020, standing 5-1 and 2-0 in league play, following a 15-10 win over Holy Cross on Mar. 7. The Mountain Hawks ended the year with four straight victories, also beating VMI, NJIT and Navy prior to the win over the Crusaders. Lehigh was ranked No. 19 in the final Maverick Media Poll.