Six former Canisius lacrosse players will be suiting up for National Lacrosse League (NLL) squads with the season kicking off last week.
Matt Vinc (‘05), Adam Jones (‘11), Dan Coates (‘11), Tim Edwards (‘15), Connor Kearnan (‘18) and Holden Garlent (‘19) will all be representing the Blue and Gold for the 2019-2020 season.
Vinc, the sole goalie on the list, is returning for his 14th season in the professional ranks where he has played for the San Jose Stealth (now the Vancouver Warriors), the New York Riptide, the Orlando Titans, the Rochester Knighthawks and is currently in the cage for the Buffalo Bandits.
Vinc is a seven-time goalie of the year winner, and led the Knighthawks to a championship three-peat from ‘12-’14. The St. Catherines, Ontario native is also a 2015 inductee into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame.
Jones is entering his 8th season in the NLL where has collected 282 goals and took home the 2012 Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Colorado Mammoth. The current Toronto Rock was named to three All-MAAC teams during his time with the Blue and Gold.
Coates made history during his time at the Demske Sports Complex as he was the first defensemen in school history to ever be named to the All-MAAC first team. Coates sat out the entire 2018 season due to injury but appeared in all 18 games last season for the Mammoth.
Edwards also now represents the Mammoth after playing for Buffalo in his first professional year in 2017. The Jamesville, N.Y., native has been a solid defensemen in the NLL as he’s racked up 245 loose balls during his career and has helped Colorado make playoff pushes each of the last two seasons. Edwards was a three-time All-MAAC recipient while at Canisius.
Edwards is tied for eighth most points scored (145) all time at Canisius.
The two most recent graduates, Kearnan and Garlent, will be suiting up for their second and first seasons, respectively.
Kearnan spent his rookie year with the San Diego Seals where he was selected with the 11th pick of the first round. He racked up 18 total points on six goals and 12 assists en route to a Seals postseason appearance. In his senior year at Canisius, Kearnan won MAAC Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as the MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player award.
Lastly, Garlent became the eighth player in Canisius history to be selected in the first round of the NLL draft when the Saskatchewan Rush took him fourth overall in this year’s draft.
Garlent holds the record for most career turnovers caused as a Griff with 55.