April 23, 2012

Finalists Announced for Male Athlete of the Year; Vote Online Today

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NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Joe Cannata (Wakefield, MA), Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury, MA), and Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) have been named finalists for the 2011-12 Merrimack Male Athlete of the Year.

Fans can log on to facebook.com/merrimackwarriors to vote for who they think should be this year’s winner. Voting on facebook only counts for a portion of final vote.

The winners will be announced at Merrimack’s annual Leadership, Education, Athletics and Development (LEAD) Awards on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Rogers Center.

The first All-American goaltender in school history, Cannata was the first first-team all-conference honoree since 1993-94. The business major allowed just 27 even strength goals in 27 league games this season and set school records for wins, games, minutes played, saves, goals against and save percentage. This season, he went 17-12-7 with a 2.18 goals-against and a .925 save percentage, leading Merrimack to its first-ever #1 national ranking and its second-best finish ever in its Division I history. A two-time Hobey Baker nominee as the nation’s best player, Cannata guided Merrimack to a national ranking all year for the first time ever and an eventual fifth-place finish in Hockey East before signing a NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

The first-ever first-team All-American in program history, Loiseau anchored the football’s defense, earning Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. Third all-time in the Northeast-10 with 382 career tackles, the criminology major earned three other second-team All-American honors, while setting the school record for tackles in a season and in a career. He is the first Warrior ever to participate in the East-West Shrine game and the NFL Scouting Combine and could be the first Warrior to be drafted in the NFL Draft on Saturday. Loiseau captained the football team to a third-place finish with a 6-4 record.

A preseason All-American for the second straight season, Lunney will likely earn first-team all-conference and All-American honors for the second straight year. Leading the conference with 35 goals and fourth in points with 42, Lunney led the men’s lacrosse team to a #3 national ranking on April 2, its highest ever ranking. He is among the league leaders nationally in goals and points per game and recorded his 100th career goal on March 27. A business major, he also leads the Warriors in shots on goal.

Last year’s winner was Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) from the hockey team.

Over the next week, Merrimack is unveiling the finalists for its major awards online at merrimackathletics.com. The winners will all be announced at the LEAD Awards on April 25 in the Rogers Center at 6 p.m.

April 17 – Community Service finalists

April 18 – Male and Female Rookie of the Year finalists

April 20 – Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year finalists

April 23 – Male and Female Athlete of the Year finalists