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Canisius’ Mearns, former Bandit Gerrie honored

Canisius lacrosse coach Randy Mearns and former Buffalo Bandits goalie Bill Gerrie have been named for induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located in British Columbia.

Mearns played his college lacrosse at Canisius after taking part in junior lacrosse in St. Catharines, where he won a Minto Cup in 1990. At the senior level, he won five straight Mann Cups from 1992-96. Mearns was drafted by the Buffalo Bandits in 1993, and he also played in Rochester with the Knighthawks. Mearns is in his 15th season as the head coach at Canisius, and he also serves as a commentator on the Bandits’ radio broadcasts.

Gerrie won several championships in Canada in junior and senior lacrosse, including five Mann Cups in a row. Gerrie was one of the goaltenders on the Bandits’ team that won championships in 1992 and 1993. Gerrie’s biggest contribution to Buffalo might have come in October 1991, when he told the coaching staff about the enormous talent of John Tavares.

The induction ceremony will be held on November 9.