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Men’s Lacrosse’s Rally Falls Short, Loses to Detroit in Overtime

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/16/2011
Junior Simon Giourmetakis
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team scored three goals in the final three minutes and 15 seconds to force overtime but Detroit prevailed in the extra session to earn a 10-9 victory. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 in MAAC play, while the Titans remain in first place with a 4-1 league mark and 5-8 overall record.

Senior Greg Michael and junior Simon Giourmetakis both had career-best days to anchor the Canisius attack and lead the rally. Giourmetakis recorded a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, while Michael netted a hat trick and added two assists for five points on the afternoon.

Juniors Travis Gibbons and Brendan O'Hagan rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Junior Sean Callahan recorded his fourth-straight game of double-digit saves for the first time in his career, making 11 stops to anchor the defense. Junior Ryan O'Hagan led Canisius with three caused turnovers on the afternoon.

The Griffs opened an early lead in the contest thanks to goals by Michael and O'Hagan 60 seconds apart. Detroit responded with two goals of its own but Canisius quickly answered back. Gibbons netted his second goal of the season with 4:33 remaining in the first, scoring a man-up tally, and Giourmetakis then recorded his first goal of the game with 11:49 left in the second for a 4-2 Canisius advantage. The Titans, however, once again responded, tallying the final two goals of the first half as the teams headed into intermission knotted at four.

Giourmetakis netted the opening tally of the second half but the Titans scored three-straight goals for a 7-5 advantage after three. Detroit extended its edge to as many as three goals, taking a 9-6 lead with just 3:49 remaining in regulation before Canisius started its comeback attempt.

Michael sparked the rally with two goals to pull the Griffs within one, 9-8. The senior scored his second tally of the day with 3:15 left in the fourth, scoring off a pass from Giourmetakis. Michael then completed his hat trick with just 1:42 remaining in regulation, connecting off a feed from sophomore Joe Rautenstrauch. Just 33 seconds later, Giourmetakis knotted the game at nine, scoring an unassisted goal.

Canisius won the ensuing faceoff but a turnover gave the ball back to Detroit. After the Titans called a timeout with 20 seconds remaining, the Griffs forced a turnover of their own to send the game into overtime.

The Griffs won the only faceoff of the overtime and twice held possession of the ball, but Canisius turned the ball over both times without registering a shot. The Griffs' defense was able to kill off a Detroit extra-man opportunity in the extra session but the Titans finally found the back of the net with 1:46 left when Scott Harris scored an unassisted goal.

Detroit outshot the Griffs, 40-22, in the victory, and the two squads combined to commit 55 turnovers. Harris led the Titans with three goals on the afternoon, while A.J. Levell recorded seven saves to earn the win.

Canisius returns to action on Saturday, playing its final regular season game at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs' Senior Day contest against Siena is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: The teams were meeting for just the second time ... The home team has won both meetings in the series by just one goal ... Callahan is the first Canisius goaltender to record double-digit saves in four-straight games since Tom Kucharczak registered at least 10 saves in six-consecutive games from March 20, 2004 to April 17, 2004 ... Michael now has 23 points (14g, 9a) during his senior campaign, nine more points than the 14 (10g, 4a) he had during the first three seasons of his career.

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