BUFFALO –Brian Prunty scored with 6:43 remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie and lift Siena to an 11-10 victory over host Canisius in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex.
Prunty paced a balanced Saints (2-10, 2-2 MAAC) attack was one of four players to score two goals as Keenan Cook, Ross Filtch and Chris Robertson all finished with a pair of tallies. Keeper Gage Ponsetti recorded five saves in goal for Siena, including three stops during the final six minutes of the fourth quarter to preserve the Saints’ one-goal advantage.
Junior Steven Coss scored three goals and added an assist to pace the Griffs (5-6, 3-1 MAAC). Senior Jeff Edwards dished out three assists while junior Ryan McKee recorded two goals and chipped in one assist. Junior keeper Liam Ganzhorn made seven saves for Canisius.
Prunty’s eventual game-winning goal served as the starting point for a wild final six minutes of regulation that saw the Griffs attempt seven shots, including a pair of tries in the final minute, but fail to record the equalizer.
Earlier in the contest, Canisius used goals from Vaccaro and sophomore Logan Monroe to counter an early strike from Siena and take a 2-1 lead, only to see the Saints rattle off five unanswered goals, highlighted by a pair of tallies from Filtch, in a 6:26 span to build a 6-2 lead.
Coss temporarily halted the Siena spurt, finding the back of the net with 14 seconds to play in the first to make a 6-3 game, but the Saints countered with goals from Cousin and Prunty to take their largest lead of the game, 8-3.
Canisius began its comeback before the break, as back-to-back goals from Kearnan trimmed the Siena advantage to 8-5 at intermission before tallies from Coss, McKee and sophomore Michael Sanzone tied the game at 8-8 with a little more than three minutes to play in the third.
Robertson and Cook restored the Siena advantage before the end of the frame, scoring 90 seconds apart to make it a 10-8 game head into the fourth.
Coss and McKee once again played provided the spark for the Griffs, with Coss scoring at the 11:50 mark and McKee finding the back of the net with 8:39 to play to tie the game at 10-all and set up the game’s frantic final minutes.
Head Coach Randy Mearns Postgame Comments
“We had a lot of fight in the second half, but we did not get off to a particularly good start in the first quarter. We were able to battle back and make it a game and I’m proud of our guys for battling back to make it a game in the second half, but I don’t feel like this was our best effort overall.
“At the end of the game, we had the ball and we were able to get the personal out the field that we wanted. We had a couple of good looks at the cage, and their goalie made a couple of huge saves. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they stay out.”
- Canisius moved to 20-10 all-time against Siena as the loss halted a two-game winning streak for the Griffs against the Saints.
- The Griffs held a 30-26 shot advantage for the contest, highlighted by a 17-11 advantage in the second half.
- Siena won 17-of-25 faceoffs during the contest, including 7-of-10 draws contested in the second half.
- Junior Steven Coss recorded his second career hat trick with his three-goal effort on Saturday.
- Sophomore Logan Monroe recorded his first career goal with his first-quarter tally.
- Senior Jeff Edwards tallied three assists in a game for the third time this season and the eighth time in his career. Edwards also moved into sole possession of 14th on the program's all-time scoring list with his three-point effort on Saturday (118).
- Freshman keeper Cody Haas saw his first collegiate action on Saturday, making one save during 6:26 of action during the second quarter.
- Canisius closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule April 18 with a 7 p.m. contest at Robert Morris.