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Top Honors For Griffin

Top Honors For GriffinTufts sophomore Bryan Griffin capped two strong lacrosse seasons with the conference’s “Player of the Year” honors. Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.09.03] Following a strong rookie season, Bryan Griffin suited up this spring and picked up right where he left off. Named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year in 2002, the sophomore posted another dominant season for the Men's Lacrosse Team and added another major honor to his already impressive career.

"Tufts sophomore attacker Bryan Griffin was named NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year," reported The Boston Globe. The announcement was made last week by NESCAC officials who selected Griffin for the All-Conference team as well.

For the hard-working Griffin, it's a well-deserved honor.

"I really think he's the hardest working player in the league, and beyond that he's the leading scorer," said head coach Mike Daly, a 1995 Tufts graduate. "He broke his thumb in the conference semi-final against Wesleyan and still scored four goals and one assist in the game. Then he scored two goals with it in the final. He's just a tough, hard-working kid who's deserving of this honor."

The NESCAC's leading scorer, Griffin racked up 64 points on 41 goals and 23 assists. His 64 points tied the school's 26-year-old record for points in a season, set by Dan German in 1977. He was named NESCAC Player of the Week in mid-April and earned a spot on the All-NESCAC first team.

Griffin's dominant play this season also led Tufts' men's lacrosse team to a school-record 12 wins and the program's first-ever appearance in the NESCAC Championships. The team lost to two-time defending champion Middlebury, 15-10.

A native of New York, Griffin made his presence felt on Tufts' lacrosse field almost immediately. His team-leading 44 points on 30 goals and 14 assists earned Griffin "Rookie of the Year" honors in 2002.

"During the season, Bryan typically would be at the gym three hours before practice, watching film, working on his shooting, or playing wall ball," Daly said, describing Griffin's first season at Tufts. "He is a worker and he expects to win."



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