RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Canisius scored six unanswered goals in the third quarter to take the lead and held off a late rally to defeat Manhattan, 12-10, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday at Gaelic Park.
Senior Jeff Edwards tallied four goals and an assist while classmate Lewis Vaccaro chipped in three goals and two assists to pace the Griffs (4-4, 2-2 MAAC). Junior Connor Kearnan finished with three goals and one assist while junior Steven Coss and junior Kieran O’Hagan also scored for Canisius.
Peter Giarrantana and Matt Garvey tallied three goals each to lead the Jaspers (2-7, 0-2 MAAC).
Trailing 6-5 at the start of the third quarter, Canisius rattled off six unanswered goals during the frame to build an 11-6 cushion.
Edwards began the game-chaning run with an even-strength tally 2:21 into the third quarter to tie the game at 6-all before Kearnan and Edwards struck 13 seconds apart less than a minute later to give Canisius an 8-6 edge.
O’Hagan stretched the Griffs advantage to 9-6 just 54 seconds later while Edwards added his third of the frame with 7:48 remaining to make it a 10-6 game. Vaccaro capped the run with 42 seconds to play in the quarter to stretch the Canisius cushion to 11-6.
Manhattan responded to the surge from the Griffs by scoring four straight goals in a 4:15 span midway through the fourth quarter to make it an 11-10 contest.
It would remain a one-goal game until Edwards tallied his fourth goal of the half to give Canisius some breathing room with 1:34 to play and determine the final margin.
The first half saw Manhattan race out to an early 4-1 lead, only to have the Griffs counter with four unanswered goals, highlighted by a pair of tallies from Kearnan, to hold a 5-4 edge early in the second quarter.
The Jaspers regained the lead before the halftime break, scoring the final two goals of the quarter to take a 6-5 advantage into the locker room and set up the Griffs’ third-quarter comeback.
Junior Liam Ganzhorn got the start in goal for Canisius and finished with 11 saves. Michael ZIngaro turned aside 12 shots between the pipes for Manhattan.
Head Coach Randy Mearns Postgame Comments
“This was a good bounce-back win for us after Tuesday’s loss to Albany. We didn’t get off to the start that we wanted to, but we showed some resolve late in the first quarter and got it all knotted up at 4-4. The second quarter was pretty even. We have some great opportunities that we didn’t bury, but in the third quarter we executed what we talked about during halftime and we put our foot on the gas a little bit, which was great.
“In the fourth quarter, it felt like we eased up a little bit and that allowed Manhattan to go on a run of their own and make it a one-goal game. Liam (Ganzhorn) made some good saves to keep us in the lead and Jeff Edwards showed why he is a special player by getting us a big goal to put us back up by two late.
“We did a lot of really good things at times today, both offensively and defensively. At other times, we weren’t as effective and efficient in those areas as we needed to be. We still have some things we need to shore up, but we’re going to enjoy this win and get ready for Binghamton on Tuesday.”
- Canisius improved to 19-4 all-time against Manhattan with Saturday’s victory. The Griffs stretched their winning streak against the Jaspers to 11 games with the victory, a run that dates back to the 2008 campaign.
- Canisius held a 40-37 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by a 15-4 margin in the third quarter.
- The Griffs were 15-of-25 on draws for the game. Freshman Daniel Balawejder was 9-of-16 at the faceoff X to lead Canisius.
- Senior Jeff Edwards recorded his second hat trick of the season and the fifth of his career with his four-goal effort on Saturday.
- Junior Connor Kearnan posted his sixth hat trick of the season and fourth in as many contests with his three-goal performance against the Jaspers.
- Senior Lewis Vaccaro tallied his first hat trick of the season with his three-goal effort on Saturday.
- Junior Liam Ganzhorn recorded double-digit saves in a game for the fourth time this season and the 11th time in his career with his 11-save performance against the Jaspers.
- Junior Ryan McKee and freshman Reece Eddy paced the Griffs with five ground balls apiece.
- Canisius hosts non-conference foe Binghamton in a 4 p.m. contest at the Demske Sports Complex.
- The game will be shown live on ESPN3.