The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team takes a break from conference action for a road contest against No. 13 Albany. The two New York schools are set to meet on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• Canisius is 3-4 on the year after an 8-6 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
• Junior midfielder Tim Edwards leads the Griffs with 15 points this season on seven goals and a team-best eight assists. Sophomore Billy Jacobbi has netted a Canisius-best 10 goals.
• Edwards has also led Canisius at the faceoff X, ranking third nationally by winning 69.0 percent of his faceoffs.
• The Griffs own the best scoring defense in the MAAC at 9.29 goals per game.
• Alex Govenettio has anchored the unit with a 8.78 goals against average and .541 save percentage.
A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN GOAL
• The biggest improvement for the Griffs in 2014 has come from goaltender Alex Govenettio.
• Through seven games this season, the junior currently ranks second in the MAAC with a .541 save percentage and with a 8.78 goals against average.
• Govenettio’s .541 save percentage this season is a drastic improvement from the .424 mark he recorded in his first two years with the Griffs (11.7 percent higher).
• He has also lowered his goals against average 3.67 goals per game from 12.45 in his first two years to 8.78 this season.
• While the Griffs own the conference’s best scoring defense, the offense has been an issue.
• Canisius ranks 60th nationally (of 67 teams) and fifth in the MAAC with 6.57 goals per game.
• The biggest reason for the lack of goals has to due with the shooting. Canisius is currently ranked 64th in the country (fourth-to-last) by scoring on just 20.2 percent of its shots.
• In fact, the Griffs have shot the national average of 28.1 percent in only 1-of-7 games this season (shot 30.0 percent in the season opener against Boston University).
• Junior do-it-all midfielder Tim Edwards has excelled as the Griffs’ main face-off weapon in 2014.
• Edwards is ranked third nationally in the latest NCAA rankings by winning 68.4 percent of his restarts this season (78-of-113).
• The junior has won at least 50 percent of his draws in all seven games, including a 60 percent mark in six of the seven contests. He won a career-best 16 faceoffs against Hobart on March 11.
CANISIUS - ALBANY SERIES HISTORY
• The schools are meeting for the third-straight season with the road team claiming each of the previous two contests.
• Albany claimed a tight 12-11 victory last year at the Demske Sports Complex, using a five-goal second half run to escape with the one-goal victory. Tim Edwards led the Griffs with career-best totals of seven points and five goals.
• In 2012, Canisius earned a 13-10 win behind eight points and six goals from Simon Giourmetakis.
ABOUT THE GREAT DANES
• Albany is 3-3 on the season and ranked 13th in the latest USILA poll.
• The Great Danes have won three of their last four games, including a 17-10 win at 12th-ranked Penn State on Saturday.
• Albany ranks first nationally by scoring 16.0 goals per game behind the strength of the Thompson family. Lyle Thompson leads the team with 44 points on 15 goals and 29 assists. Miles Thompson has 37 points and a team-best 26 goals. Ty Thompson has also chipped in 18 points and 16 goals.
• Blaze Riorden has started all six games in goal with an 11.86 goals against average and .591 save percentage.
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Griffs Play Nationally-Ranked Albany on Tuesday
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