College Notebook: Leonard wraps up stellar career at Canisius
By By Josh Land Times Correspondent
May 30, 2013 | 3:00 AM
Morgan Leonard's spectacular two-year run representing the Canisius College women's lacrosse program ended Saturday with her appearance in the IWLCA/Under Armour Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game. Leonard (Liberty) started her career at Delaware before joining the Golden Griffins, with whom she made a tremendous impact. She led Canisius to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in both seasons with the program, earning MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and championship MVP as a junior. As a senior, she piled up an impressive number of accomplishments and accolades capped by the All-Star selection. Leonard was named to the IWCLA All-West/Midwest Region second team, MAAC Midfielder of the Year and Canisius College Female Athlete of the Year. She was a unanimous selection to the all-conference first team for the second straight year and claimed multiple weekly honors. Leonard set a school record with 59 goals this year and ranked second in Division I in both ground balls per game and caused turnovers per game. She became the 10th player in school history to record 100 career points and did so in just two seasons. Leonard wasn't the only former county lacrosse player to participate in the weekend's All-Star games. Shepherd University senior Nicole Ruane (Century) played in the IWLCA Division II North-South All-Star game on Sunday. Ruane, an All-Independent Team midfielder for the past two seasons, completed her career as the Rams' all-time leader in goals (202), points (266), ground balls (148), draw controls (178) and caused turnovers (90). Shippensburg University senior Sarah Chrencik (Westminster) also played in the Division II game. The defender recorded 36 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers this season. She finished with career totals of 99 ground balls, 25 draw controls and 41 caused turnovers in starting all 50 of Shippensburg's games over the last three seasons. NATIONAL CHAMPS: Two locals helped the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team win its first Division III national championship Sunday. The Mustangs defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology 16-14 behind a 6-1 fourth quarter. "They could have gave up at 13-10. They never concede anything," Mustangs coach Paul Cantabene said in a statement. "All right, you got us, but I'm going to make the next play. We're going to make the next thing. That's kind of how we go about it." Junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville/Boys' Latin) had one caused turnover in the contest and finished the year with 32 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Marcellus Preston (Westminster/Boys' Latin) ended his year with 10 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. GEAR'S YEAR: Junior Andrew Gear's already stellar career with the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis team took yet another step forward this season. Gear (Winters Mill) was named Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year and St. Mary's College's Male Athlete of the Year. Gear, who was the first Seahawk to ever earn CAC Rookie of the Year in 2011, now becomes the first St. Mary's player to claim the conference's top honor. This year, he led the team with 16 wins at singles and closed the year on an 11-match winning streak. He is the school's all-time leader in singles victories with a three-year mark of 56-11. Gear also set the single-season school record with 17 doubles victories this year with freshman Mark Hardesty (Westminster), his partner. Hardesty also went 9-13 at singles. Gear also was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District District 2 NCAA Division III Men's At-Large Team. MUSKIE HALVERSON:Jake Halverson (Francis Scott Key) recently finished his junior season with the Lakeland College men's volleyball team. Halverson was a setter for the Muskies, appearing in six matches. The season came to an end after a two set loss against Chico State (Calif.) at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national championship in Dallas. The Muskies ended the season with a 28-19 record.