College Signing Day, May 2019
College Signing Day, May 2019
By Ginger Geoffery


Ten Canisius High School seniors took part in a college signing ceremony in the Canisius High School Kennedy Field House conference room on Thursday morning, May 2. In front of family, friends, faculty, staff and the news media, these young men announced their intentions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

Greg Simonian – Alfred University, swimming

Greg finished second in the 100 breaststroke at All-Catholics during his sophomore and senior year, and first at All-Catholics for the 200 free relay his senior year.

John Collins – Haverford College, squash

John is a three sport athlete at Canisius, playing soccer in the fall, squash in winter, and tennis in spring. He has been a key part of Canisius squash teams that have won national titles during his four-year career with the program.

Brendan Leong – Elmira College, volleyball

Brendan served as a team captain and starting libero in his senior season and was one of the top liberos in Western New York. He played two years on varsity and was voted First Team All Catholic and Varsity Defensive Player of the Year.

Kevin Roche – Michigan State, rugby

Kevin is a three-year varsity starter, a team captain, and has led the offense from both the scrum half and fly half positions. In 2018, he set a Canisius record with most point scored in a single season (93).

Noah Besecker – Loyola Maryland, rugby

Noah is a two-year starter and a skilled tackler who makes his presence known each game on both ends of the ball. He leads by example and has played a huge role in his team's success. 

Victor Zurowski – Fairfield, rugby

Victor is a three-year starter, a team captain, and a leading try scorer. His ability to kick tactically, combined with his speed and aggressive running style make him a tough matchup for any opponent at the center position.

Matt Russo – John Carroll, lacrosse

In his three years of being a top midfielder on the varsity team, Matt brought speed, skill, and competitiveness to the program. His leadership is part of the reason for early successes in the 2019 season.

Zachary Porter – Mercyhurst, crew

Zach is a four year member of the Canisius rowing program and has competed at the local, regional, state, and national levels, winning numerous medals. He is respected by his teammates and coaches alike and is always striving to improve.

Jack Arnold – Mercyhurst, baseball

Jack has proven he's a solid defender with good gap power for the Canisius varsity baseball team. He is a true leader with a great work ethic.  

Jaurney Boyland – Morgan State, football

Jaurney came back from a serious injury in his junior year to be a two-way starter for the Crusaders this season. He was an All-League player in his senior season.

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All ten signees with Canisius Director of Athletics Jim Mauro (far left), Canisius Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres, and Canisius President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J. (far right).