DENVER – No. 1 Denver used a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense to remain undefeated on the season as it recorded a 12-0 victory over Canisius in the final game of the Faceoff Classic Sunday at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Connor Cannizzaro (1g, 3a) and Colton McCaffrey (2g, 2a) notched four points apiece to pace the Pioneer attack (4-0). Austin French finished with three points on a goal and two assists while Jeremy Bosher and Danny Logan tallied two goals apiece for Denver. Junior Liam Ganzhorn recorded seven saves in goal for the Griffs (1-2).
Holding a 1-0 lead after the first quarter, Denver scored five goals in the second quarter, including three in a 1:20 span midway through the frame, to build a 6-0 cushion at the break.
The Pioneers increased their margin to 9-0 with three goals in the final 2:20 of the third quarter before notching a trio of tallies in the fourth to determine the final margin.
Head Coach Randy Mearns Postgame Comments
“I thought we played a lot better today. They have one of the best faceoff players in the nation in Trevor Baptiste, so we knew getting possessions was going to be a challenge. Kudos to Denver, they’re obviously a very potent offensive team, but I thought given the fact that they were on offense for nearly 48 minutes, I thought we did a good job of holding them to just 12 goals.
“Our defense played great, but Denver had the ball and they were able to grind and eventually, something’s going to slip up and they were able to take advantage. When you’re playing some of the best teams in the country, it’s a great learning experience. We have to build off this weekend and get back to work on Tuesday."
- Sunday’s matchup marked the fourth meeting between the two programs. Denver has won all four contests, all of which have been played in Denver.
- The Griffs squared off against a No. 1 ranked team for the second time in the past five seasons on Sunday. Canisius took on top-ranked Loyola (Md.) in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship on May 12, 2012, suffering a 17-5 setback to the Greyhounds.
- Denver held a 44-18 shot advantage for the contest, highlighted by an 11-1 edge in the third quarter.
- Denver won 12-of-15 faceoffs held in the contest, including all eight contested during the first half.
- Denver was 3-of-9 in man-up situations while Canisius was just 0-for-1 with the extra attacker.
- Canisius continues its four-game road swing March 4 with a 1 p.m. contest at first-year program Cleveland State.