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Menís Soccer Hosts Manhattan and Saint Peterís in Final Home Weekend
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 10/13/2011
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The Canisius College men's soccer team wraps up play at the Demske Sports Complex for the 2011 season, hosting a pair of games against MAAC foes Manhattan and Saint Peter's. The Griffs host the Jaspers on Friday at 7 p.m. and then welcome the Peacocks to Buffalo for a Senior Day contest on Sunday at 1 p.m.

• Prior to Sunday's game against Saint Peter's, the Griffs will honor their lone senior J.J. Hughes, who is playing in his final game at the Demske Sports Complex.
• The Clarence, N.Y. native has appeared in 47 career games during his Golden Griffin tenure with 29 starting assignments on defense and in the midfield. A team captain, Hughes has totaled six career points, two goals and two assists.
• Hughes has started all 12 games during the 2011 campaign, anchoring the team's defense and recording one assist.

• The 2011 Canisius men's soccer roster has an international feel to it.
• Of the 27 players on the roster, 12 hail from eight countries other than the United States - Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand and Trinidad.
• The 12 international players have also been very successful on the pitch, accounting for 70.3 percent of the team's points and 70.0 percent of the team's goals.

• Manhattan holds a slight edge in the all-time series with the Griffs 10-9-2.
• Canisius, however, has won six of the last seven games between the two schools.
• In the last two meetings, the Griffs have outscored the Jaspers 7-1 in two victories over its conference rival.
• Last season, Canisius earned a 4-0 win at Manhattan with returning players Zack Schwartz, Regan Steele and Sam Zarka all netting goals.

• Manhattan is still in search of its first victory of the 2011 season, entering the weekend with a 0-12-0 record and 0-3-0 MAAC record.
• Overall, the Jaspers have lost their last 41 games dating back to the 2009 season.
• Manhattan has scored just two goals in 12 games this season with Lucas Pilar da Silva and Eugene Heerschapp each netting a score.
• George Ellis has started a majority of games in goal, posting a 1.84 goals against average and .733 save percentage.

• In a series that dates to the 1990 season, Canisius holds a 12-9-1 advantage against Saint Peter's.
• Last season, the eventual MAAC Champion Peacocks earned a 1-0 victory against the Griffs.
• Canisius last defeated Saint Peter's in 2008 with a 2-1 victory in Jersey City.

• Saint Peter's enters the weekend with a 2-9-0 record and 1-2-0 mark in conference play.
• The Peacocks lost their first seven games of the season before earning back-to-back victories against NJIT and Manhattan. The team then lost both games last weekend to conference rivals Rider and Loyola.
• Noah Sadoul leads the team with six points and three goals this season, while Harry Newman and Betim Bajrami rank second with five points and two goals.
• Three different Peacocks have started games this season in goal. Diego Mendoza has seen a majority of time with a 1.67 goals against average and .767 save percentage.

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