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Men's Lacrosse Faces Manhattan in Key MAAC Contest
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 04/12/2013
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In need of a conference win, the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team faces Manhattan in a key MAAC matchup in Riverdale. The Griffs will look to end a three-game losing streak when it faces the Jaspers on Saturday at 11 a.m.

SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• The defending MAAC Champions, Canisius enters the game with a 1-8 record with a 1-2 mark in MAAC play.
• Sophomore Tim Edwards leads the team with 26 points and 15 assists this season, while freshman Vince Gravino ranks second with 23 points, scoring a team-best 16 goals.
• Sophomore netminder Alex Govenettio has started 8-of-9 games in goal for Canisius, posting a 12.53 goals against average and .453 save percentage.
• Senior Mike Moran leads the Griffs in faceoffs, winning 55.6 percent of restarts (85-of-153).

STRONG DEBUT FOR JACOBBI
• In a need of a spark on offense, the Griffs turned toward freshman Billy Jacobbi last weekend and the rookie did not disappoint.
• Making just his second career appearance and his first collegiate start, Jacobbi led the Griffs with three points on a goal and two assists against the Saints.
• The rookie was especially strong on the man advantage, recording two of his points (1g, 1a) to help Canisius score two extra-man goals in a game for just the third time this season.

A CONSISTENT FORCE IN EDWARDS
• One player the Griffs know they can count on is sophomore Tim Edwards.
• Edwards has recorded at least one point in each of his 23 games during his career.
• His run of 23-straight games with a point in currently the second-longest streak in the country by a midfielder.

STRENGTH VERSUS WEAKNESS
• The good news for Canisius is that one of its biggest strengths matches up with one of the weaker areas for the Jaspers.
• The Griffs enter the weekend with the top face-off unit in the MAAC, ranking 17th nationally by winning 53.6 percent of their restarts.
• On the other end, Manhattan is last nationally (63rd) by winning 35.6 percent of its faceoffs.

CANISIUS - MANHATTAN HISTORY
• The Griffs own a 14-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Jaspers.
• Canisius has won the last six games in the series dating back to the 2008 season.
• The Griffs are 5-4 all-time at Manhattan, winning in each of their last two visits.
• Last season, Canisius scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back en route to an 11-7 victory in Buffalo.
• Three of the last four games in the series have been decided by just one goal, including two in overtime.

ABOUT THE JASPERS
• Manhattan enters the weekend with a 3-9 overall record and is still in search of its first conference win of the season with a 0-3 MAAC record.
• Ryan Payton leads the Jaspers with 22 points on 14 goals and eight assists.
• Tyler Jarvis has scored a team-best 19 goals this season.
• Michael Wiatrak has started 10-of-12 games in goal for the Jaspers, posting a 12.76 goals against average and .504 save percentage.
• Manhattan has struggled at faceoffs this season, winning just 35.6 percent of its restarts.

 


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