The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team travels to face MAAC foe Marist in the final game of the 2014 regular season. The Griffs, who can finish anywhere from second to sixth in the final MAAC standings, and the Red Foxes are set to meet on Saturday at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• Canisius is in second place in the MAAC standings with a 3-2 record and is 7-6 overall in 2014.
• Junior midfielder Tim Edwards leads the Griffs with 38 points on 13 goals and a team-best 25 assists. He also leads the team by winning 64.1 percent of his faceoffs.
• Sophomore Vince Gravino has netted a team-best 20 goals this season.
• The Griffs own the best scoring defense in the MAAC at 8.85 goals per game. Junior Alex Govenettio has anchored the unit with an 8.61 goals against average and .562 save percentage.
MAAC TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS
• The Griffs can finish anywhere from second to sixth in the final MAAC standings depending on Saturday’s results across the league.
• A win at Marist and Canisius will clinch the two seed for the 2014 MAAC Championship.
• The Griffs can also clinch a spot in the MAAC Tournament two other ways. A Monmouth win over Detroit will advance the Griffs to next weekend’s tournament, as well as a Siena win over Manhattan to go along with a loss by six goals or fewer to Marist.
• The good news for Canisius is that it is entering the biggest game of the season coming off perhaps its best performance in years – a dominating 19-7 victory against VMI on Saturday.
• Canisius’ 19 goals are the most by the team in 13 seasons – the Griffs tallied 21 goals against Siena on April 29, 2001.
• The 12-goal margin of victory is also the most by the Griffs since also winning by 12 in an 18-6 victory against Wagner on March 24, 2007.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
• One key for the Canisius offense is not getting a high number of shots but instead a high quality.
• The Griffs are averaging nearly the same amount of shots in wins and losses this season (34.3 shots in wins/33.8 in losses) but the difference is in the quality of their chances.
• In the team’s seven wins, Canisius has scored 10.57 goals per game behind a 30.8 shot percentage.
• In the six losses, the Griffs are shooting just 18.2 percent, leading to 6.17 goals per game.
• Canisius shot 44.1 percent in Saturday’s win versus VMI, its highest mark since a 45.5 percent rate in the 2012 MAAC Championship victory (10 goals on 22 shots).
CANISIUS - MARIST HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the Griffs’ inaugural season of 1990, Marist holds a slim 11-9 advantage against Canisius.
• The home team has won 15-of-20 games in the series.
• However, the road team is victorious in three of the last four meetings after a 10-game winning streak by the home team.
• Last season, Marist dominated the second half at Canisius, outscoring the Griffs, 11-1, to turn a 4-2 halftime deficit into a 13-5 win.
• The Griffs won the last meeting in Poughkeepsie with Canisius claiming a 7-5 victory in 2012.
ABOUT THE RED FOXES
• Marist enters the weekend with a 2-3 conference record. The Red Foxes will clinch a spot in the MAAC Tournament with a win on Saturday but will be eliminated with a loss.
• Overall, the Red Foxes are 4-8 on the season after a 12-9 win against Monmouth last Saturday ended a four-game losing streak.
• Four players have recorded 30 points for the Red Foxes this season, led by 38 from Joseph Radin and J.D. Recor. Radin has netted a team-best 31 goals, while Recor leads the squad with 26 assists.
• Dave Scarcello has started 10 games with a 12.33 goals against average and .480 save percentage.
• Dominic Montemurro has won 55.8 percent of his faceoffs this season.
RECENT SUCCESS IN POUGHKEEPSIE
• The bad news is that Canisius is 4-9 all-time playing in Poughkeepsie but the good news is the success the Griffs had the last year they visited in 2012.
• The Griffs won three games in a nine-day span during the 2012 campaign. Canisius won the regular-season finale at Marist to clinch a bid to the conference tournament then won both tournament games just a week later to claim the program’s second title.
• Canisius had lost in its previous nine trips to Poughkeepsie before 2012, losing eight regular-season contests to the Red Foxes and also in the 2003 MAAC Tournament.
Griffs Take on Marist in Regular-Season Finale
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics