The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team looks to remain unbeaten in conference play when it hosts defending MAAC Champion Detroit on Sunday. The schools are set to meet at the Demske Sports Complex at noon.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• Canisius is 3-3 this season after winning its MAAC opener last weekend against Monmouth, 5-4.
• Junior midfielder Tim Edwards leads the Griffs with 13 points this season on six goals and a team-best seven assists. Sophomore Billy Jacobbi has netted a Canisius-best eight goals.
• Edwards has also led Canisius at the faceoff X, winning 68.4 percent of his faceoffs.
• The Griffs own the second-best scoring defense in the MAAC at 9.50 goals per game.
• Alex Govenettio has anchored the unit with a 8.93 goals against average and .551 save percentage.
DEFENSE KEYS THE GRIFFS TO VICTORY
• The defensive unit has been the key ingredient to a Canisius win this season.
• In their three victories during the 2014 campaign, the Griffs have allowed just 4.33 goals per game and no more than six goals in any single contest.
• However, in the team’s three losses, Canisius has surrendered 14.67 goals per game and at least 11 tallies in each of the defeats.
CANISIUS LOOKS TO CONTINUE STRONG START
• Canisius started the 2014 campaign strong and are looking to continue that pace.
• The Griffs won their first two games of the season for only the second time in the program’s 25-year history – Canisius won its first four games of the 2001 season.
• The team is now looking to start 2-0 in MAAC play for the first time since winning the regular season and postseason titles during the 2008 season.
• Junior do-it-all midfielder Tim Edwards has excelled as the Griffs’ main face-off weapon in 2014.
• Edwards is ranked second nationally in the latest NCAA rankings by winning 68.4 percent of his restarts this season (65-of-95).
• The junior has won at least 50 percent of his draws in all six games, including a 60 percent mark in five of the six contests. He won a career-best 16 faceoffs against Hobart on March 11.
CANISIUS - DETROIT SERIES HISTORY
• In a matchup of the last two MAAC Champions, the Griffs and Titans are meeting for the sixth time.
• Detroit has won three of the five games between the teams.
• Last season, the schools met in the regular-season finale with the final spot for the MAAC Tournament on the line. Detroit earned the 13-7 victory and would eventually win the conference championship as the four seed.
• Canisius last defeated Detroit during the 2012 MAAC semifinals with a 12-10 win en route to the league title.
ABOUT THE TITANS
• Detroit enters the weekend with a 3-4 record and is playing in its MAAC opener on Sunday.
• Alex Maini leads the Titans with 26 points on 12 goals and a Detroit-high 14 assists this season. Shayne Adams is second with 20 points, including a team-best 16 goals.
• Jason Weber has started four games in net with a 10.25 goals against average and .606 save percentage. Connor Flynn (2 games) and Chris Kelly (1 game) have also started for the Titans.
• Detroit is ranked second nationally by converting 66.7 percent of its man-up chances this season. Their 20 man-up goals account for 30.3 percent of its goals (20-of-66).
Men's Lacrosse Hosts Detroit on Sunday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics