DEFENSE ANCHORS GRIFFS TO VICTORY
• Needing a victory in a crucial MAAC contest against Marist, the Griffs turned toward their defense and the unit responded in a big way.
• Canisius allowed only five Red Foxes goals, including just one in the first three quarters, en route to a 7-5 victory as the Griffs improved to 1-1 in conference action.
• Senior Sean Callahan recorded a career-high 14 saves in the win for a 73.7 save percentage, anchoring the unit.
• Callahan now leads the conference in MAAC games with an 8.50 goals against average and places third with a .564 save percentage.
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 four games without Jones, Giourmetakis has 15 points, 10 goals and five assists.
• During the 2011 campaign, Giourmetakis leads the team with 19 points, 13 goals and six assists. He currently ranks sixth in the MAAC with 1.86 goals per game and seventh with 2.71 points 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 13 goals this season, scoring on just 24 shots.
• The junior currently leads the MAAC and ranks second nationally by making 54.2 percent of his shots.
• Giourmetakis is one of only four players in the country making at least half of their shots.
• Of his 24 shots this season, 22 have been on goal (.917 shot on goal percentage).
COATES AND O'HAGAN ANCHORING CANISIUS DEFENSE
• Senior captain Dan Coates and junior long-stick midfielder Ryan O'Hagan have led the Canisius defense during the 2011 year.
• The duo each lead the team with 12 caused turnovers this season, which ranks fourth in the MAAC and 25th nationally.
• Coates also leads the team with 31 ground balls this season, while O'Hagan ranks second with 19. Coates currently leads all defenders in the MAAC with 4.43 ground balls per game.
CANISIUS - VMI SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Keydets are playing for the 14th time. Canisius currently holds a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series.
• Canisius has won seven of the last eight games in the series, which includes the 2008 MAAC Championship where the Griffs won 14-5.
• The Griffs are 5-1 all-time at VMI.
• The teams have played two close contests in the last two seasons, splitting the meetings. Last season, the Griffs scored the final four goals to earn a 12-11 overtime victory.
ABOUT THE KEYDETS
• VMI enters the weekend with a 2-8 mark and is 0-3 in MAAC play.
• Keith Long leads the Keydets with 31 points on the season, scoring 17 goals and adding a team-best 14 assists.
• Drew Leonard ranks second on the team with 24 points, netting a team-high 20 goals.
• Kelly McMinn has started nine games in net for VMI, posting a 13.39 goals against average and a .508 save percentage.
• Stephen Robarge has dominated the faceoff X this season, winning 67.0 percent of his draws.