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Griffs Host Rider & Loyola in MAAC Opening Weekend

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/04/2012
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After the most successful non-conference season in the program's history, the Canisius College men's soccer team now turns its attention toward the MAAC. The Griffs open conference play with a pair of home games against Rider and Loyola, hosting the Broncs on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Greyhounds on Sunday at 1 p.m.

• Canisius is 8-14-1 all-time in conference openers.
• The Griffs have won five of their last six MAAC openers, dating back to the 2007 season.
• Last season, Canisius earned a 2-1 overtime victory against Siena in its first MAAC game of the season. Gavin Falconer netted his first of two overtime goals of the season in the winning effort
• Canisius also won its first MAAC game of the 2010 season, posting a 1-0 victory against Fairfield.

• The Griffs are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in the program's history and are starting to make ground in the school record book.
• Canisius enters the weekend with a 7-1-2 record. The Griffs' seven non-conference wins mark the most in the program's history outside of MAAC competition since joining the conference in 1989. The previous standard was four, set on four occasions (1994, 1995, 1999 and 2008).
• In addition, the team's seven wins are just one shy of the program's Division I record (eight in 2007) and two shy of the overall standard (nine in 1980).
• On an individual level, senior netminder Kareem Gray has tied the school record with four shutouts this season. Also, Gray ranks third in school history with seven career shutouts and fourth with 12 career victories.

• Thanks to the team's non-conference success, the Griffs have enjoyed a lot of attention in the rankings.
• Canisius currently ranks second in the NSCAA North Atlantic poll, matching the program's highest-ever placement.
• The Griffs have also received votes in the national poll in two weeks this season and currently ranks 43rd nationally in the Top Drawer Soccer Rankings.

• Rider holds a slight edge in the all-time series against the Griffs, 9-8-0.
• Canisius, however, is 8-4-0 against the Broncs since 2001, including wins in each of the last four regular-season meetings.
• Rider, however, eliminated the Griffs last season from the MAAC Tournament with a 2-1 victory in Florida. The Broncs netted two second-half goals, including the winning tally with just over six minutes remaining, for the win.
• The Griffs rallied for a 2-1 overtime victory in the regular-season matchup with Regan Steele scoring with 2:40 remaining in regulation before Gavin Falconer netted the overtime goal.

• Rider is 1-8-0 on the season but is coming off its first victory of the 2012 season, earning a 1-0 win against Lafayette on Tuesday.
• Brandon Sebastian scored on a penalty kick in the 99th minute to lead the Broncs to the win over the Leopards, while Jason Giordano stopped six shots, including one on a penalty kick, for the shutout.
• Sebastian and Ryan Walsh lead the Broncs with four points and two goals on the season.
• Giordano has started six games in net for Rider, posting a 2.95 goals against average and .633 save percentage.
• Overall, the Broncs have been outscored, 23-6, in 2012.

• In a series that dates back to the 1990 season, Loyola owns a convincing 21-1-0 advantage against the Griffs.
• Canisius' lone victory in the series came during the 1996 season when the Griffs pulled out a 1-0 win. That season, Canisius won the MAAC regular-season title.
• Last season, two goals in the first 10 minutes led to a 2-0 Loyola victory against Canisius in Baltimore.

• Loyola enters the weekend with a 5-4-1 record is currently ranked fourth in the NSCAA North Atlantic poll.
• Larry Ndjock leads the team with 15 points on six goals and three assists this season.
• After missing the first six games of the season, Stephen Dooley has made a big impact with the Greyhounds. In just four contests, Dooley has posted nine points, three goals and three assists.
• Thurman Van Riper has played every minute in goal for Loyola, posting a 1.05 goals against average and .771 save percentage.

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