The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team pulled to within one after trailing by as many as five goals in the second half but Siena held off the charge for a 10-7 win in conference play on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Griffs to 4-5 on the season and 1-2 in MAAC play, while the Saints improve to 6-3 and 3-0 against conference foes with the win.
“We knew that this was going to be a 60-minute battle with a lot of momentum changes but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first three quarters,” said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. “Too many careless turnovers and some bad decisions cost us early and Siena capitalized. We showed a lot of resolve and clawed our way back into the game with seven minutes left but we didn’t score on some good opportunities late and Siena was able to kill the last minute of the game. We have to play 60 minutes of lacrosse – it’s that simple.”
Seven different players scored for the Griffs in the defeat. Sophomore Vince Gravino and freshman Jeff Edwards both recorded a goal to go along with one assist, while juniors Sam Connors, Cody Gould and Austin Romantic and sophomores Billy Jacobbi and Nick Tuttle each added a tally.
Junior Alex Govenettio recorded six saves for Canisius.
Junior Brandon Bull led the Griffs at the faceoff X, winning a career-best 10 restarts in just 13 attempts (76.9 percent).
A slow start for Canisius to the game proved to be the key to the Siena victory. The Saint controlled the first 44 minutes of action and held the Griffs to just two tallies, while building a 7-2 advantage.
The Griffs then attempted a comeback, starting with a man-up goal by Gravino with just 59 seconds left in the third quarter. A goal by Romantic with two seconds remaining in the period pulled the Griffs to within three, 7-4, heading into the game’s final quarter.
Siena netted the first goal of the fourth quarter but a three-goal run by the Griffs pulled the team to within one, 8-7, with 7:37 remaining in the contest. Edwards scored his first of the day with 12:11 remaining and then set up Connors just 72 seconds later for the 8-6 game. Gould then finished the run with an unassisted tally as Canisius pulled to within one for the first time since the score was 2-1 early in the second period.
Canisius had possession in the offensive zone with a chance to tie the game but the Saints took advantage of a turnover and doubled its lead to two with 4:02 remaining. Siena then added one final goal to hold on for the 10-7 MAAC victory.
The Griffs finished the game with a 33-30 advantage in shots and a 28-24 edge in ground balls. Canisius also won the battle at the faceoff X, 12-8.
Richie Hurley led the Saints with seven points, three goals and four assists. Tommy Cordts recorded nine saves to earn the win in net.
Canisius is back in action next Saturday, hosting Manhattan in conference action. First faceoff is set for noon at the Demske Sports Complex.
Game Notes: Tuttle, who earned his first collegiate start at the midfield, now has five goals in the last three games after scoring once in his first 19 career games … Canisius has scored a man-up goal in each of the last three games (five goals total) after scoring just once in the first six games of the season … The Griffs had a season-low 10 turnovers in the game … Canisius did not commit a single penalty for the first time this season … Siena committed just seven turnovers in the game (a season-low for a Canisius opponent).