The COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to winter and spring sports for the 2019-20 academic year. Today (April 17) would have marked the final home game of the regular season for the men’s lacrosse program, a day where the Golden Griffins would have honored their 2020 Senior Class.
As a result, GoGriffs.com and each spring sports team’s social media channels will be posting “Senior Salute” for each senior throughout the coming weeks.
#15 – Daniel Balawejder • Faceoff/Defense • Toronto, Ontario
A four-year letterwinner who played in 51 career games as a Golden Griffin, Balawejder is a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection. He will earn his degree from Canisius is psychology.
#45 – Mathieu Boissonneault • Attack • Whitby, Ontario
The 2020 team captain and a member of the program’s 100-career point club, Boissonneault lays claim to one of the most famous goals in MAAC Lacrosse history – the stolen pass that he turned into the game-winning goal to lift Canisius to the 2018 MAAC title. He will earn his degree from Canisius in business.
#8 – Cody Haas • Goalkeeper • Sarnia, Ontario
A four-year letterwinner with the program, Haas made a career-high five stops in the team’s contest against Robert Morris earlier this season. He will earn his undergraduate degree from Canisius in business.
#14 – Jonathan Phillips • Midfield • Amherst, N.Y.
Phillips earned four varsity letters with the program after playing in 20 contests in the Blue and Gold. He recorded 13 ground balls in his career, four of which came in the team’s road win at St. Bonaventure in 2019. He will earn his undergraduate degree in accounting.
#7 – Carter Stefaniak • Midfield • Lancaster, N.Y.
A two-time All-MAAC First Team honoree and a member of the 2018 MAAC All-Tournament Team, Stefaniak was an assistant captain for the 2020 unit. He played in 52 games and scored 75 goals, with a 29 of those coming in 2019. He will earn his undergraduate degree from Canisius in finance.
#30 – Cade Talbert • Goalkeeper • Boise, Idaho
A two-year member of the Canisius program, he joined the Griffs after playing two seasons at Ononadaga Community College, where he was part of a national championship team. He will earn his undergraduate degree in environmental studies.