The Canisius College men’s soccer team wraps up non-conference play this weekend with a road contest against St. Bonaventure. The two rivals are set to square off on Sunday at 3 p.m.
DEFENSE COMING ON STRONG
• After a slow start to the 2013 season defensively, the Griffs have picked up their game on the back end.
• Canisius has allowed only four goals in its last four contests (1.00 goal per game), including the team’s first two shutouts of the season.
• In the first three contests of the season, the Griffs surrendered nine goals (3.00 per game).
• The team’s defenders have also gotten into the action on the offensive end, accounting for 40 percent (4-of-10) of the Griffs’ goals in 2013.
• The Griffs re-entered the regional rankings this week and are now eighth in the NSCAA North Atlantic Poll.
• Canisius began the year sixth in the initial rankings (Sept. 3) before dropping out of the poll.
CANISIUS – ST. BONAVENTURE SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Bonnies are meeting for the 45th time, making St. Bonaventure the second-most frequented opponent on the Griffs’ schedule (Canisius has played Niagara 53 times).
• St. Bonaventure holds a 25-12-7 all-time advantage against the Griffs.
• Canisius has defeated the Bonnies in each of the last two seasons, marking the first time that the Griffs have won consecutive games against their rivals since taking three straight from 1975 to 1977.
• The Griffs won a 1-0 meeting in Buffalo last season with Denver Spearman scoring the only goal of the game.
• In 2011, Canisius won at St. Bonaventure for the first time, earning a 2-1 victory. Overall, the Griffs are 1-12-4 against the Bonnies in Olean.
ABOUT THE BONNIES
• St. Bonaventure, who also plays Binghamton on Friday, enters the weekend with a 5-3-0 record.
• The Bonnies lost their most recent game, falling to MAAC opponent Rider, 1-0.
• Nicholas Perillo and Emmett O’Connor lead St. Bonaventure with 11 points this season.
• Perillo and Brad Beaumont are tied for the team lead with four goals, while O’Connor has recorded a team-best five assists.
• Jeremy Figler has played every minute in goal for the Bonnies, posting a 1.62 goals against average and .717 save percentage.
Menís Soccer Squares Off with St. Bonaventure
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics