Leopards' head man led Lafayette to its second consecutive League Championship in 2012
Division I National Coach of the Year to be announced Dec. 17
By Lafayette Athletic Communications
DiCroce earns Second and Third Team All-America honors
Blass, DiCroce, Valeo among 32 members of NFHCA All-Mideast Region Squad
Photos by Rick Smith
Patriot League Semifinals, Photos by Rick Smith
Lafayette Field Hockey Scrimmage vs. Syracuse
Field Hockey Intrasquad Scrimmage
Lafayette 5, Holy Cross 0
The Maroon and White captured the title with a 3-1 victory over Bucknell, and Lafayette finished the season at 11-9, following an overtime loss to Ohio in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game. An 8-0 defeat of Lehigh in the semifinals paved the way for Lafayette's eighth Patriot League crown in addition to numerous All-Patriot League selections.
Deanna DiCroce was the unanimous pick of Patriot League coaches for Offensive Player of the Year and Brittany Blass was named Rookie of the Year, while Carolyn Cabrey and Emily Valeo were also First Team choices. DiCroce and Cabrey were both honored as All-Regions selections.
Entering 2012, the Leopards have posted a 55-43 overall record in five seasons with Griffiths at the helm. In addition, Lafayette has a 17-8 mark in Patriot League play and has qualified for the Patriot League Tournament each year since Griffiths' arrival on College Hill.
In 2010 the Leopards finished with a 9-10 record, including a 4-1 Patriot League mark, and reached the Patriot League Championship Game for the third time during Griffiths' term. He also coached Megan Cicchi, who was named 2010 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2009 season was one of Lafayette's most successful seasons in recent history. The Leopards shut out eight opponents on their way to compiling their winnigest record (14-6, 3-2) since they won 19 games in 2002. The team earned five All-Patriot League selections and advanced to the Patriot League Championship Game as a No. 3 seed before losing to American.
Griffiths' players have excelled academically as well as on the field during his tenure. In 2008 the Leopards placed a league-high 17 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and 11 members were also named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Lafayette was recognized by the NFHCA with the Division I National Academic Team Award.
In his inaugural season on the Hill in 2007, Griffiths brought a new outlook and mindset to Leopard hockey. Inheriting the program from longtime head coach Ann Gold, Griffiths upheld the tradition of Lafayette field hockey and led the team to the conference championship game against nationally-ranked American. It was the first finals appearance since the Leopards captured the title in 2002 and fourth runner-up finish in the program's history. The Leopards finished their first season under Griffiths' direction with a 9-11 record, including a 2-3 Patriot League mark.
Prior to taking over at Lafayette, Griffiths was the associate head coach at Boston College where he was responsible for game strategy, skill development and recruiting. The Eagles achieved their best-ever finish in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, ranking fourth, in October 2006. Before coaching at Boston College, the native of Canada spent seven years at the University of Maryland as an assistant head coach where he dealt with all facets of the program.
Griffiths has tutored two Honda-Broderick Award winners, numerous field hockey All-Americans and future national team members from several countries.
After graduating in 1994 with a degree in English from Western Ontario University in London, Ontario, Griffiths joined the coaching staff of his alma mater. He helped the team to the top-10 of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) for the first time in school history. He went on to earn a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
Griffiths also played for the Canadian National Men's Field Hockey Team, appearing in 214 international games, including two appearances at the World Cup and three Pan-American Games from 1989-2000. He also represented Canada as a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympic squad.
Griffiths currently holds a USFHA level 3 coaching accreditation, the highest level available domestically.
Griffiths and his wife, Tara, and sons, Aidan and Owen, reside in Forks Township, Pa.