Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/21 – From Press Release
Lehigh men’s lacrosse graduate student Conor Gaffney added yet another honor to his resume on Thursday, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for a fourth straight season. Gaffney was one of just 10 honorees named to the Men’s At-Large District 2 team from a variety of sports, also including swimming and diving, gymnastics, wrestling and tennis.
Gaffney has been named Academic All-District in each of the four years he was eligible (freshmen aren’t eligible). He’s also been named an Academic All-American in each of the previous three times – garnering third team in 2018 and 2019, and second team in 2020.
In the classroom, Gaffney owns a 4.0 grade point average in graduate school after ending his undergraduate career with a 3.95 as a double major in mechanical engineering and integrated business and engineering (finance). Gaffney is a two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree (including 2020).
Twice named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, he is also a multi-time winner of the team’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Gaffney is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He won the Elisha P. Wilbur Mathematics Award for the top performance in first-year engineering mathematics courses. Gaffney returned to Lehigh for a fifth year via the President’s Scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement of undergraduate students by providing a fifth year of study free of tuition.
On the field, Gaffney was selected in the recent Premiere Lacrosse League Collegiate Draft (the Mountain Hawks’ first-ever selection) and made the Archers’ roster. Gaffney was named the 2019 Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Year and an honorable mention postseason All-American by both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse.
Gaffney was a preseason honorable mention All-American by Inside Lacrosse this season. Gaffney finished his career winning 63.5 percent of his faceoffs (686-1081) with 401 groundballs, owning the program record for faceoff wins and groundballs (the GB total is also a Patriot League mark). Gaffney backed up junior Mike Sisselbrger in 2021, who broke the NCAA Division I record for faceoff percentage (79.5).