"Once again, we put ourselves in a tough position today," said Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane. "We put ourselves a goal down and we were in a position where we had to chase the game and take some risks. As we pushed forward to find the equalizer, we left ourselves exposed and conceded a second score. We need to learn to play the whole 90 minutes and not just short parts of the game."
The key moment of the contest came less than 90 seconds after the opening whistle. Kingsley McLeod crossed the ball to a waiting Pablo Medina, who then chipped it into the back of the net for the game-winning score.
Put in an early deficit, the Griffs spent nearly the next 80 minutes in search of an equalizing score. Canisius played the Flash evenly while in search of the tying goal - holding the advantage in shots for the majority of the contest - until St. Francis broke the match open with two tallies in the final 10 minutes. McLeod stretched the Flash lead to two and Nick Kolarac sealed the victory with the team's third goal of the game.
Overall, St. Francis held a slight advantage in both shots (14-12) and corner kicks (4-3). Darius Motazed recorded two saves for the Flash to earn the shutout victory.
Junior Kareem Gray stopped three shots on goal for the Griffs, while junior Sam Zarka registered a game-high four shots for Canisius.
The Griffs now enter conference play having won two of their previous three games. Canisius' first test against MAAC competition is at home on Friday against Siena. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is scheduled for 7 p.m.