Gaffney Becomes Lehigh’s First-Ever Premier Lacrosse League Collegiate Draft Pick
BETHLEHEM, PA. Graduate student Conor Gaffney, Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse, the all-time career leader for faceoff wins and groundballs, became the program’s first PLL Collegiate Draft pick on Monday night when he finished 21st overall with the Archers. Gaffney has had a successful college career as a two-time All-Patriot League first-team winner, 2019 All-American and Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Year.
Gaffney has won 684 of 1074 games with 399 groundballs in his career. Groundball total is the highest in Patriot League history as he scores 25 faceoff wins after breaking Loyola’s Bailey Savio’s career record. Gaffney already holds the league’s record for faceoff wins (249) and groundballs (152) in a season, both of which were set in 2019.
This season, Gaffney has won 15 of 27 faceoffs, supporting junior Mike Sisselberger, who is the nationwide leader in faceoff percentages and groundballs. Gaffney has drawn 11 out of 17 in the last three games. A native of Mount Laurel, NJ, was named a Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse and was named a Postseason All-American after the 2019 campaign.
Gaffney is a two-time Patriot League Scholar of the Year and a two-time Senior CLASS Award nominee. He is a three-time academic All-American who was named to the second team in 2020. Gaffney’s bachelor’s degrees were mechanical engineering and finance while he is currently working towards his master’s degree in management science and engineering.
Gaffney will join the Premier Lacrosse League, which will feature Lehigh alumni and associations. Most recently, last summer, Craig Chick ’19 impressed his rookie season in the PLL after being selected in the 2020 Entry Draft (after a season in Major League Lacrosse). Current Mountain Hawks assistant coach John Crawley is also a veteran in the league.
Gaffney and the Mountain Hawks return to the field on Saturday as they travel to Villanova # 16 at 12 noon to face the Wildcats
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