The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association is proud to announce it's award winners for the 2017 season.
Faceoff ace Jackson Rakoczy of the Western Mustangs is the Most Valuable Player and record-setting attack Brandon Slade of the Brock Badgers is the top Graduating Player.
The Baggataway Cup champion Mustangs also have the top midfielder in Reid Reinholdt. The Badgers have another winner in defender Josh Harris, who receives the Radovic Defensive Award.
The Guelph Gryphons earned a pair of honours with Hayden Walsh being named the top goalie and Sam Kosawkowski's staff being named the top group of coaches.
Sam Firth of Bishop's is the Outstanding Rookie and Sam Postma of Laurentian wins Outstanding Attack.
Jackson Rakoczy, Western
Rakoczy was an All Canadian faceoff man in the East for the Queen's Gaels. He kept up his dominant ways at the dot after heading to Western for teacher's college, winning 75% of his faceoffs this season (268 of 324). Rakoczy stepped his game up to an even higher level at the Baggataway Cup. He won 29 out of 35 faceoffs for a brilliant 82.8% success rate to lead the Mustangs to the championship.
Brandon Slade, Brock
Slade capped off an historic career with the Badgers with an 83-point season that made him just the second Brock player ever to reach the 300-point plateau, joining Shawn Williams.
Sam Postma, Laurentian
Postma led all CUFLA players with 51 goals this season despite always being guarded by an opponent's best defender. The righty attack added 16 assists for a total of 67 points.
Reid Reinholdt, Western
Reinholdt played his best games against the toughest competition all season, including scoring 10 goals and 4 assists in three Baggataway Cup playoff games.
Radovic Defensive Award
Josh Harris, Brock
Harris put on a defensive clinic in the Baggataway Cup final and contributed offensively by scoring the goal that forced overtime. That was typical of his quietly dominant play all season.
Hayden Walsh, Guelph
Walsh excels at stopping the ball, posting a 63% save percentage this season. He augments his contributions with excellent passing that generates clears for the Gryphons.
Sam Firth, Bishop's
Firth's 51 points were tops among rookies and sixth overall in CUFLA.
The Gryphons staff of head coach Sam Kosakowski and assistants Dan Cannon, Mike Kraemer and Mike Tombollini had Guelph peaking at the perfect time, leading to a semifinal appearance for the young team. ?