Windsor Clippers Close out Season with 2017 Annual Awards
Leading Scorer –won by Andrew Garant. Not only was Garant the leading scorer for the Clippers, he won the scoring title for the entire Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League. Garant scored 45 goals and added 101 assists for 146 points. This is a new Clippers single season record. Garant broke the mark set by Logan Holmes in 2016 of 145 points. Garant also broke Holmes all-time career points record and has set the new high mark of 546 career points. Garant was also a Clippers Iron Man, playing in all 144 games over the last 5 seasons.
Most Sportsmanlike – won by Phil Ristoski. Ristoski has won this honour the past three seasons. Phil is the consummate sportsman. It was rare for Phil to take a penalty, and never showed any disrespect to coaches, officials or opponents. When Phil did get a penalty he was sure to apologise to the referee and the opponent for the foul.
Most Improved –won by David Beckmann. Beckmann came to us from Germany. He had no box lacrosse experience, but is an avid field lacrosse player back in Frankfurt. One of his teachers in Germany is from the Windsor area, and put David in contact with the Clippers. David flew to Canada at his own expense for a tryout, and the coaching staff saw his potential and loved his work ethic. Beckmann picked up the box game quite rapidly, and fell in love with the way us Crazy Canadians play this game.
Unsung Hero –won by Brendan Wallace. With the large turnover on the defensive side from last season Brendan (Slim) was asked to take on a greater role with the team. Wallace accepted the challenge and excelled on the back end, was excellent in transition, and even filled a role occasionally on offence. For his efforts he was named the Unsung Hero.
Most Dedicated – won by Andrew Garant. If there was ever a poster child for the Clippers program it would be Andrew Garant. In five seasons Garant played in every Clippers game, attended every Clippers practice, every conditioning and strength training event. Garant is also first in line to volunteer for fundraising events like Bingo, or charity events such as McHappy Day. No team can have too many guys like this.
Rookie of the Year – won by Jake Rosa. The 17 year old Rosa was a first round draft pick of the Six Nations Arrows in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League, but decided that rather than take a back seat in Jr. A ball, he wanted to establish himself with his home town Clippers. Rosa did not disappoint, scoring 24 goals and adding 55 assists for 79 points in his rookie campaign. Rosa ended up third in scoring with the Clippers in 2017.
Best Offense –won by Chase Kavanaugh. The fourth year Kavanaugh scored 45 goals and added 75 assists for 120 regular season points. Kavanaugh also led the Clippers in playoff goals, scoring 15 goals and adding 16 assists in 7 playoff games. The Clippers will be leaning heavily on Kavanaugh as he enters his final year of eligibility in 2018 to be the anchor on offence moving forward.
Best Defense – won by Alex Mayhead. Mayhead came to the Clippers at the start of the 2016 season in a trade with the Point Edward Pacers. Mayhead was coming to Windsor to study at St. Clair College, and wanted to play for the Clippers. Mayhead has been a work horse on the back end and established himself as the top defensive player. The 6’2”, 200 Mayhead will anchor the Clippers back end going into his final season in 2018.
Playoff MVP –won by Chase Kavanaugh. With 15 goals and 16 assists in just 7 playoff games Kavanaugh was the overwhelming choice for this award.
MVP –won by Andrew Garant. What else can be said about Andrew Garant. He was the face of the franchise in 2017.