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Men's Lacrosse Hosts Marist on Saturday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/25/2011
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Senior Greg Michael
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team returns to conference play, hosting Marist at the Demske Sports Complex. The MAAC rivals are set to meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the game can be seen on tape delay on Time Warner SportsNet.

SAVING HIS BEST FOR LAST
• Greg Michael is enjoying his best season in his final campaign with the Griffs.
• Michael currently ranks second on the team 12 points as a senior, recording six goals and a team-leading six assists.
• The 12 points for Michael this season are just two shy of his total from his first three seasons combined. Michael recorded 14 points in the first 34 games of his career.
• The senior is averaging 2.00 points per game this year after totaling just two total points in his last two seasons.

GIOURMETAKIS TAKES SCORING LEAD
• With Adam Jones out of the lineup, junior attackman Simon Giourmetakis has taken the lead role in the Canisius offense.
• In the three games that Jones has missed, Giourmetakis has 11 points, seven goals and four assists. In his first conference game of the season against Jacksonville last Saturday, the junior set career highs with five points and four goals.
• During the 2011 campaign, Giourmetakis leads the team with 15 points and 10 goals. He entered the week ranked fourth in the MAAC with 1.80 goals per game.

ON THE MARK
• The reason for Simon Giourmetakis' success early in 2011 is due to his ability to take advantage of his opportunities.
• Giourmetakis leads the Griffs with 10 goals this season, scoring on just 17 shots.
• The junior currently leads the MAAC and ranks third nationally by making 58.8 percent of his shots. He is one of only seven players in the country converting more than half his shots this season.
• Of his 17 shots this season, 16 have been on goal (.941 shot on goal percentage).

COATES ANCHORS THE CANISIUS DEFENSE
• Captain Dan Coates has continued to lead the Canisius defense during his senior year.
• Coates leads the Griffs with 28 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
• The senior entered the week ranked second in the MAAC and 13th nationally with 2.00 caused turnovers per game.
• Coates also places fourth in the conference and leads all defenders in the MAAC with 5.20 ground balls per game, which ranks 22nd in the country.

CANISIUS - MARIST SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the Griffs' inaugural season in 1990, Marist holds a 10-7 advantage against Canisius.
• The home team has won 14-of-17 games in the series. Canisius is 6-2 all-time against the Red Foxes at the Demske Sports Complex.
• Last season, Marist became the first team to win a road game in the series since 1999, earning a 9-6 victory in Buffalo. The Red Foxes scored the final four goals of the game to rally for the victory.

ABOUT THE RED FOXES
• Marist is currently 1-5 during the 2011 season and 0-1 in MAAC play.
• The Red Foxes are coming off their first victory of the season, defeating No. 16 Albany on Tuesday, 12-7. The teams have one common opponent in Binghamton, with Canisius losing 12-8 to the Bearcats and Marist falling, 9-5.
• Connor Rice leads the team with 20 points this season, scoring eight goals and registering a team-best 12 assists. Corey Zindel ranks second on the team with 19 points (10g, 9a).
• Jack Doherty has netted a team-leading 12 goals this year.
• Brendan Price has played every minute in net for Marist, posting a goals against average of 9.57 and a save percentage of .500.


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