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Menís Lacrosse Falls to No. 14 Cornell

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/09/2011
Junior Simon Giourmetakis
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team lost at No.14 Cornell on Wednesday afternoon, 14-7. The loss drops the Griffs to 0-4 on the season, while the nationally-ranked Big Red improve to 3-1.

Junior Simon Giourmetakis led the Griffs offense, matching career highs with three points and two goals. Senior Nick LoCoco added a pair of scores, while juniors Travis Gibbons, Jimmy Haney and Brendan O'Hagan each netted a goal.

Juniors Sean Callahan and Kyle Bell split time in net for Canisius. Callahan recorded six saves in the start, while Bell stopped four shots in relief. Senior Dan Coates anchored the Canisius defense with a team-leading five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Each team netted a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the contest. O'Hagan opened the scoring with an unassisted tally 34 seconds into the contest and after two Cornell goals, LoCoco tied the game with his third score of the season.

The Big Red, however, recorded the final five goals of the half, igniting the run with an illegal crosse penalty. After Roy Lang gave Cornell the lead, Canisius was whistled for the three-minute penalty and Cornell took advantage with two man-up goals 22 seconds apart. Cornell then added two more tallies in the remaining 20 minutes of the half, while the defense held Canisius off the scoreboard for a 7-2 intermission lead.

Cornell stretched its lead to as many as 10 goals in the second half, continuing its strong performance from the last 22 minutes of the opening half. Canisius netted the final three goals of the contest for the 14-7 final.

The Big Red outshot the Griffs, 39-20, in the contest and scored four man-up goals on four Canisius penalties. Rob Pannell led Cornell with seven points and six assists, while AJ Fiore and Andrew West combined to make five saves in goal.

Canisius if off for the next 10 days until beginning MAAC play against Jacksonville. The Griffs host the Dolphins at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday, March 19 at noon.

Game Notes: Giourmetakis recorded three points in a game for the fifth time in his career and two goals for the eighth time ... Cornell improved to 8-0 against Canisius ... The seven goals for the Griffs are the most against the Big Red since the teams' first meeting in 1997 ... Junior Mike Albert registered his first collegiate point with an assist in the fourth quarter.

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