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Menís Soccer Continues MAAC Play at Fairfield and No. 18 Iona
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 10/06/2011
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After earning four points in its opening weekend of conference play, the Canisius College men's soccer team continues action against MAAC foes this weekend, squaring off with Fairfield and nationally-ranked Iona. The Griffs play at the Stags on Friday at 7 p.m. and at No. 18 Iona on Sunday at 1 p.m.

ARVIN NAMED MAAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• After leading the Griffs to four points in the opening weekend of MAAC play, sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Arvin was recognized by the conference with Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Arvin is the first Griff to earn the award since Matt Houghton was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 7, 2005.
• The sophomore posted a 0.45 goals against average and .917 save percentage in two games, which included his first career victory and first collegiate shutout.
• Overall, Arvin ranks second in the MAAC with a 0.84 goals against average and .846 save percentage.

FALCONER TAKES OFFENSIVE LEAD
• Despite missing the first four games of the season, junior Gavin Falconer has quickly vaulted to the top of the Griffs' leaderboard.
• Falconer has scored in two of his six games this season. He is currently tied for the team lead with four points and two goals this season.
• His two goals this season were also instrumental in two of the Griffs' three victories this season. He scored a second-half goal in a 2-1 win versus St. Bonaventure and then added the overtime game-winner against Siena for his first collegiate game-winning tally.

GRIFFS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
• Canisius' match against Iona on Sunday will mark the team's first game against a nationally-ranked opponent since facing No. 12 Loyola during the 2008 season - a 5-0 setback.
• The game against Loyola was the third-straight season Canisius played a ranked foe. Canisius defeated No. 24 Fairfield 1-0 in 2006, while narrowly falling to No. 25 Connecticut in 2007, 3-2.

CANISIUS - FAIRFIELD SERIES HISTORY
• The Stags own a 17-2-4 edge in the all-time series against the Griffs.
• Canisius earned its second-ever victory against the Stags last season.
• Kareem Gray recorded eight saves for his first career shutout with the Griffs and Steve Mahon scored in the 17th minute for the 1-0 victory.
• The Stags have dominated the series at Fairfield, winning all 10 meetings at home.

ABOUT THE STAGS
• After a slow start to the 2011 campaign where Fairfield lost its first four contests, the Stags have rebounded with three-straight victories.
• Fairfield swept its opening weekend of conference action, earning a 2-1 win over Loyola and a 3-2 overtime victory against Rider.
• Jordan Ayris leads the Stags with nine points and four goals this season.
• Michael O'Keeffe has played every minute in goal for Fairfield, posting a 1.69 goals against average and .676 save percentage.

CANISIUS - IONA SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the 1990 season, Iona holds a 13-6-3 advantage over the Griffs.
• The series has been much more competitive as of late, with Iona holding a slight 6-5-1 edge in the last 12 meetings.
• Despite a 19-10 advantage in shots last season, Canisius fell to Iona, 1-0, at the Demske Sports Complex.
• The Griffs have lost their last three meetings at Iona.

ABOUT THE GAELS
• Iona enters the weekend with a 9-1-0 record is currently ranked 18th in the NSCAA National Poll. The Gaels' lone loss of the season was to No. 14 St. John's.
• The Gaels won a pair of one-goal games last weekend to open MAAC play with a 2-0-0 record. Iona defeated Rider 2-1 and Loyola 3-2.
• Franklin Castellanos leads Iona with 13 points, three goals and seven assists in 2011. With his seven helpers in 10 games, Castellanos is currently tied for first in the NCAA.
• Samuel Adjei, Ansger Otto and Alvaro Torrecilla are also tied for the team lead with three scores.
• Borja Barbero has started all 10 games in net for the Gaels, posting a 1.17 goals against average and .703 save percentage.


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