Junior Simon Giourmetakis set career highs with five points and four goals on the afternoon to lead the Canisius attack, while seniors Greg Michael and Tom Vivian both chipped in two points. Vivian netted a pair of goals, with Michael tallying a goal and adding an assist. Junior Jimmy Haney rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal.
Senior Dan Coates anchored the Canisius defense with a personal-best seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Jacksonville started the game quickly, striking 54 seconds into the contest. The Dolphins then netted the only other goal of the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the second.
Vivan got the Griffs on the scoreboard 2:04 into the second frame with an unassisted score, netting his first goal of the season. Jacksonville responded by scoring two-straight goals for a 4-1 advantage but Giourmetakis answered back with two unassisted tallies of his own. The Dolphins finished the scoring in the second half for the 5-3 lead at the intermission.
Giourmetakis and Michael then connected on a pair of goals early in the third quarter to knot the game at five. Giourmetakis fed Michael for his fourth goal of the season with 12:54 left in the period and then Michael helped Giourmetakis complete his hat trick with 10:31 remaining in the frame.
The Dolphins, however, would control the remainder of the period. Jacksonville, who outshot the Griffs 16-5 in the quarter, scored the next four goals to take a 9-5 advantage. After Canisius scored with just 17 ticks remaining in the third, Jacksonville finished the stanza by scoring with just seven seconds left for a four-goal lead after three quarters, 10-6.
Jacksonville stretched its lead to five, 11-6, before Haney and Giourmetakis scored for an 11-8 contest with 5:29 remaining. Canisius had a man-up situation after its eighth goal but couldn't convert and the Dolphins then sealed the victory with the final goal for the 12-8 victory.
The Dolphins outshot the Griffs, 41-29, in the game and won the faceoff battle, 13-10. TJ Kenary led Jacksonville with five points and four goals, while Peter DeLuca recorded 10 saves to earn the victory in net.
Junior Sean Callahan recorded eight saves for the Griffs.
Canisius is back in action on Tuesday, playing in-state rival Hobart. The teams will meet in Geneva with an 8 p.m. start.
Game Notes: The schools were meeting for the first time in lacrosse ... The Griffs lost their third-straight MAAC opener and fall to 8-8 all-time in conference openers ... Freshman Brendan Fox recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on Giourmetakis' final goal of the game ... Michael now ranks second on the team with nine points (4g, 5a), recording seven more points than his last two seasons combined.