"We challenged our players all week in practice," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "We told them to play with emotion, aggression and intensity and our guys responded. For that, I'm very proud. At the end of the day, it a disappointing loss against a solid Harvard squad but we were in the fight for the entire 60 minutes. We'll lick our wounds and get ready for Binghamton with another solid week of practice on the Demske."
Senior Greg Michael led the Griffs with three points and two goals on the afternoon. Senior Adam Jones chipped in two points on a goal and assist, while senior Graham Bergsma, juniors Simon Giourmetakis and Brendan O'Hagan and sophomore Hugh Weir rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with a goal each.
Junior Sean Callahan matched a career high with 13 saves in the contest to anchor the Canisius defense in goal.
The Crimson controlled the early going, jumping out to a 3-0 lead 1:56 into the second quarter. The Griffs, however, answered back with three goals of their own in a 3:30 span to knot the game. Hugh Weir sparked the run with his first collegiate goal, scoring just 14 seconds after Harvard took the 3-0 lead. Jones then scored a man-up goal and Giourmetakis finished off the run off a feed from senior Nick LoCoco.
Harvard finished the second quarter on a 2-0 run to take a 5-3 lead into the intermission.
Canisius started the second half strong, outscoring the Crimson, 2-0, in the third quarter. Michael scored both of the teams' goals off passes from LoCoco and Jones as the schools headed into the final quarter of play all squared at five.
In the fourth quarter, Terry White netted two early goals for Harvard as the Crimson reclaimed its two-goal advantage, 7-5. Canisius would once again answer back. O'Hagan scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Michael with 9:35 left in the fourth. Bergsma then knotted the game just 87 seconds later, netting an unassisted tally.
The Crimson, however, scored the final two tallies of the game to earn the hard-fought victory over the Griffs. Dean Gibbons netted the final goal of the game and led Harvard with three scores on the afternoon. Harry Krieger recorded eight saves to earn the victory.
Canisius returns to action next Saturday, hosting Binghamton in the team's home opener. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Game Notes: LoCoco's two assists raises his career total to 78. He is now tied for third in the school's history with Cort Knodel (1994-97) and is just 17 shy of the program's record ... Bergsma scored his first goal with the Griffs after spending the last three seasons at Fairfield ... The three points and two goals were the most for Michael since recording four points and three goals on April 12, 2008 at Wagner ... Callahan also recorded 13 saves in an overtime victory against Manhattan on March 27, 2010.