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Panas named MAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year

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by Amy Moritz

Clear some more space on the trophy shelf for Connor Panas.

The junior baseball standout from Canisius College was named the Male Student-Athlete of the Year from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which was announced today.

He is the second baseball player from Canisius to win the award in the last four years. Sean Jamieson was the MAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011.

“I am extremely proud of Connor's achievement,” coach Mike McRae said in a press release from the school. “This award epitomizes the marriage of athletics and academics. Connor’s passion and drive has enabled him to be extremely successful on and off the field. The MAAC has rewarded a very deserving young man.”

Panas ranked first in the MAAC in home runs (six), runs batted in (51) and slugging percentage (.574). His 16 doubles ranked second and his .362 batting average was third. He has career-best 15-game hitting streak and led the Golden Griffins with 22 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games.

He helped anchor a Canisius team that went 40-16 and won the MAAC regular season title.

His production earned him a number of accolades this season. Among them: Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American, Capital One Academic Second-Team All-American, ABCA Third-Team All-American and MAAC Player of the Year.

Panas, a physical education major, holds a 3.77 grade point average.

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About the reporter

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and covered the Bills from 1992 through 2014. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.