Canisius sophomore women’s lacrosse player Erica Evans has been named the 2015-16 Canisius Female Athlete of the Year.
, the athletic department announced Thursday. Evans is the sixth member of the women’s lacrosse program to be named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year, joining with former Griffs Whitney Card, Megan Oosting, Morgan Leonard, Maria Kotas and Tori Quinn.
Evans became the first Canisius women’s lacrosse player in program history to earn All-America honors last month, as she was voted to the IWLCA Third Team after the 2016 campaign. The first two-time MAAC Midfielder of the Year, Evans also earned regional All-America and all-conference accolades. During the 2016 season, Evans set a school record with 91 points and 72 goals – topping the previous standards by 10 points and 13 goals. She finished the year ranked fifth nationally in scoring, and her 72 goals were third-best in the country, while also ranking second in goals per game (3.6) and sixth in points per game (4.55).
The Peterborough, Ontario, native helped lead Canisius to its fifth MAAC Championship in program history in May and she was named the MAAC Tournament MVP after she set the program’s postseason record with nine goals in two wins over Fairfield and Monmouth. The women’s lacrosse team finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-7 overall record to go with a perfect 8-0 mark in MAAC regular season play.