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Menís Lacrosse Loses Home Opener to Binghamton

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/05/2011
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team lost to Binghamton in the team's first game of the 2011 season at the Demske Sports Complex. The loss drops the Griffs to 0-3 on the season, while the Bearcats improve to 1-3.

Senior Nick LoCoco led the Griffs with four points on the afternoon, scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists, with junior Simon Giourmetakis and senior Greg Michael both chipping in three points. Giourmetakis scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Michael netted one score and tallied two helpers.

Seniors Graham Bergsma and Adam Jones rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal apiece.

The Bearcats started the game strong, scoring the first three goals of the contest. Brandon Planck opened the scoring 1:25 into the game and was followed by David Raleigh and Frank Donlon. The Griffs finally got on the scoreboard with 1:14 left in the first quarter when LoCoco scored to bring the Griffs within two, 3-1.

Canisius tallied the lone goal of the second quarter when Michael netted his team-leading third score of the season off a pass from Giourmetakis as the teams headed into halftime with Binghamton leading, 3-2.

The Bearcats netted the first two goals of the second half but Canisius answered back. Giourmetakis tallied a transition goal off a pass from sophomore Joe Rautenstrauch with 8:23 remaining in the third quarter. Bergsma then scored his second goal as a Griff with 3:44 left in the period to bring Canisius within one, 5-4.

Canisius quickly reclaimed possession of the ball after a Bearcat turnover and had a number of chances to tie the game at five. However, Binghamton's Kraig Heston made three key saves to preserve the lead for the Bearcats. Binghamton then scored with eight ticks left on the clock and drew a penalty as time expired in the third, which led to an extra-man goal and a 7-4 advantage.

Giourmetakis answered Binghamton's man-up goal 46 seconds later but Binghamton quickly scored two goals for a game-high four-goal advantage, 9-5. LoCoco and Jones cut the Canisius deficit in half with two goals but the Bearcats recorded two scores 36 seconds apart with under three minutes remaining in regulation to seal the 11-7 victory.

Canisius held a 28-22 advantage in shots on the afternoon but the Bearcats won the faceoff battle, 13-8, including all eight in the fourth quarter and the last 10 of the game. Raleigh led Binghamton with four goals, while Heston recorded seven saves to earn the victory.

The Griffs return to action on Wednesday, playing at No. 6 Cornell. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Game Notes: LoCoco, who was limited for most of the 2010 season due to injury, recorded four points in a game for the first time since April 25, 2009 when he tallied seven points against VMI ... Rautenstrauch recorded his first collegiate point with his assist on Giourmetakis' goal ... Michael has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in his last two games, four more points than he had in his last two seasons ... The two schools were meeting for the first time ... Canisius lost its home opener for the fourth-straight season.

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