Gaffney, Leggett and Tangredi Named USILA Honorable Mention Preseason All-Americans

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BETHLEHEM, PA. With training beginning and the 2021 season approaching, a trio of Lehigh men’s lacrosse student-athletes were recognized as Preseason All-Americans by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Wednesday. Graduate student Conor Gaffney, Senior Teddy Leggett, and Junior Anthony Tangredi were all recognized.

Lehigh’s three award winners are most associated with Army West Point and Loyola in the Patriot League.

Gaffney is already the most successful faceoff specialist in program history and one of the nation’s best players in his position. He is returning for a fifth year in 2021. Most recently, in the shortened 2020 season, Gaffney finished ninth in the faceoff percentage nationwide (65.7). His career win was 63.9 (669 out of 1047). As a junior in 2019, Gaffney was fourth in the nation percentage (69.7), a year he broke the Patriot League and set records for faceoff wins (242) and groundballs (152). That year he was recognized by USILA and Inside Lacrosse as an All-American Post-Season. In the classroom, Gaffney is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American who was called up to the second team last season. He is also a former Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Year and a two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Leggett was recently named sophomore captain and has had an impressive career to date in both midfield and close defense. After his first and second seasons, he was named the second All-Patriot League team (no All-League honors were given last year). Leggett finished 2020 with 26 groundballs and five caused turnovers, good for second and third places in the Mountain Hawks. Leggett was a Pre-Season All-League Award winner last year and starts 2021 with 166 career groundballs (already seventh in program history) and 48 generated sales. His 79 groundballs in 2019 were sixth in program history for one season.

Tangredi appeared in close defense in 2020 and ended the shortened season nationwide with 16 in six competitions in second per game (2.67). Tangredi added 14 groundballs while posting a goal and assisting. He had generated at least sales in all six games, including nine from two Patriot League competitions. Tangredi had made four turnovers against Navy, then five (along with three groundballs) against Holy Cross to earn the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award. He opened the season with a seven-groundball triple turnover against Utah. The Tangredi and Mountain Hawks defense ranked 14th nationwide, allowing only 9.67 goals per competition.

Lehigh’s hopes for the 2021 season are high. The Mountain Hawks ranked 16th in two recent pre-season polls – Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse.

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