BATTLE OF TWO RANKED POWERS
• The matchup between the two neighboring schools is the most anticipated game between the two rivals in men's soccer.
• Canisius and Niagara are a combined 14-3-6 this season. The two teams are tied for first in the MAAC with seven victories during the 2012 campaign.
• Both schools have also enjoyed success at the top of the NSCAA North Atlantic rankings during the 2012 season. Niagara is currently first in the poll, while the Griffs are fourth.
• It marks the first time that the two schools are meeting while both ranked in the NSCAA regional poll.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE RIVALRY
• Saturday's game also takes on additional meaning as it is worth two points in the schools' annual Battle of the Bridge series.
• The Griffs have won the Canal Cup from its rival in four of the last five seasons, including 18.5-14.5 last year.
• The Purple Eagles currently lead the 2012-13 series, 1-0, thanks to a victory in volleyball last weekend.
• One reason for the Griffs' success this season is how they are controlling the play.
• Canisius has outshot its opponent in 10-of-12 games this season.
• Last season, the Griffs recorded more shots in just 7-of-19 games.
• The 10 games with more shots is already the team's highest total in the last 10-plus seasons.
CANISIUS - NIAGARA SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Purple Eagles are meeting for the 53rd time in series history.
• Canisius has played Niagara more than any other school in the program's history.
• The Purple Eagles hold a 28-21-3 advantage in the series.
• Niagara has won the last four games in the series, including a 2-0 victory in Lewiston last season.
ABOUT THE PURPLE EAGLES
• Niagara enters the weekend with a 7-0-4 mark, including a 1-0-1 record against MAAC competition.
• In addition to ranking first in the NSCAA regional poll, the Purple Eagles are receiving 20 votes in the national poll.
• Callum Willmott leads the team with 11 points and five goals this season. Bryan Da Cruz ranks second with 10 points on three goals and a team-leading four assists.
• Brett Petricek has anchored a strong defense for the Purple Eagles, posting a 0.76 goals against average and .870 save percentage.