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Hobart Tops Menís Lacrosse, 10-8

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/22/2011
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Geneva, N.Y. - The Canisius College men's lacrosse team scored five fourth-quarter goals against in-state rival Hobart but it wasn't enough in a narrow 10-8 defeat on Tuesday night. The loss drops the Griffs to 0-6 on the season, while the Statesmen improve to 3-4.

Senior Greg Michael and junior Simon Giourmetakis led the Griffs with three points each. Michael netted two goals - both in the final period - and added an assist, while Giourmetakis posted a goal and two helpers.

Junior Brendan O'Hagan also led the Griffs with two scores, while seniors Nick LoCoco and Tom Vivan and junior Jimmy Haney each added a goal for Canisius in the defeat.

Junior Kyle Bell started his second career game in net, recording a career-best eight saves to anchor the Canisius defense.

The Statesmen tallied the game's first goal 1:23 into the contest, taking the lead with a goal from Alex Love. Hobart added one more first-period goal and then once again scored early in the second to take a 3-0 advantage.

Haney finally got the Griffs on the scoreboard with 7:41 remaining in the second stanza. The junior scored off a pass from Vivian to cut into the Hobart lead, 3-1. The Statesmen then added one more goal in the half to head into the intermission with a 4-1 edge.

Hobart quickly stretched its lead to five early in the third quarter, scoring two goals 24 seconds apart for the 6-1 advantage. Canisius answered back with two goals of its own to pull back within three. O'Hagan scored his third goal of the season with 10:27 left in the third and then LoCoco added a man-up goal 2:30 later for his fifth tally of the year.

The Statesmen, however, reclaimed their five-goal advantage with the final two scores of the third as the teams headed into the final period with Hobart up, 8-3.

Canisius attempted a rally in the final period of play, scoring the first three goals of the frame in just over four minutes. O'Hagan started the run with his second of the night and was followed by Vivan and Giourmetakis as Canisius pulled within two, 8-6, for the first time since five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Hobart added to its lead with the next two goals, but Canisius once again answered back to pull within two. Michael netted two goals 92 seconds apart as the Statesmen led, 10-8, with 2:58 remaining. After killing off a Hobart extra-man chance, the Griffs had a late man-up opportunity of their own but couldn't convert as the Statesmen held on for the 10-8 victory.

The Statesmen outshot the Griffs, 39-28, and held a 33-21 advantage in ground balls thanks to a 16-4 edge in faceoffs. Alex Love led Hobart with five points and four goals, while Evan Kirk recorded 11 saves in goal to earn the victory.

Canisius returns to conference action on Saturday, hosting Marist at the Demske Sports Complex. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Sophomore DJ Giacobbo started his first career game on defense ... Michael has posted three games of three points this season after recording just two points total in his last two campaigns ... Bell recorded five saves in his only other collegiate start last season ... Hobart has won 11-of-12 games in the series with Canisius' only win coming last season in Buffalo ... The five goals in the fourth quarter represented a season-high total for Canisius in any quarter this season. The previous high was three, set on five different occasions.

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