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Siena Rallies Past Menís Lacrosse, 12-9

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/23/2011
Senior Graham Bergsma
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Siena dominated the faceoff X in the fourth quarter and took advantage with the final five goals of the game to rally past the Canisius College men's lacrosse team on Saturday, 12-9. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-9 on the season and 2-3 in MAAC play, while the Saints improve to 10-3 overall and 4-1 against league foes.

Senior Graham Bergsma led the Griffs with two scores on the afternoon, while junior Simon Giourmetakis tallied a team-best three points on a goal and two assists. Seniors Greg Michael and Tom Vivian added two points on a goal and an assist, while senior Dan Coates and juniors Jon Domres, Jimmy Haney and Brendan O'Hagan each netted one score.

Junior Sean Callahan anchored the team's effort on defense, recording his fifth-straight game of double-digit saves with 12 stops.

The Griffs opened the scoring in the contest when Domres ran past the Siena defense and netted an unassisted goal 5:41 into the first. After eight minutes of scoreless action, the Saints took control of the next 14 minutes with five-straight tallies for a 5-1 advantage.

Canisius answered back with a man-up goal to finish the scoring in the first half. Bergsma connected off a feed from junior Travis Gibbons as the teams headed into the intermission with the Saints leading, 5-2.

Siena opened the scoring in the second half but it was all Canisius during the remainder of the third quarter. Michael ignited a 5-0 run in just 4:31 to give the Griffs the lead. The senior scored off a feed from Vivan and was followed 30 seconds later by Coates as Canisius cut its deficit in half, 6-4.

Just 31 seconds later, Vivian tallied his fourth goal of the season and O'Hagan tied the game with an unassisted score 49 ticks after Vivian's goal. Canisius' four scores in 1:50 tied the game at six for the first time since the schools were deadlocked at one.

Haney joined the action with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter to give the Griffs the lead, 7-6. Siena quickly responded to tie the game, scoring a man-up goal 16 seconds later, but Canisius struck with the final goal of the quarter. Michael drew the defense on the goal line and found Giourmetakis open the crease, who buried on the empty net for the 8-7 lead after three.

Bergsma stretched Canisius' lead to two, scoring a man-up goal with 12:14 left in the game, but Siena dominated possession following the goal to earn the victory. In the next 11 minutes, the Saints won all five faceoffs and held Canisius to only one possession- which resulted in a turnover - as Siena went on a 5-0 run to earn the 12-9 victory.

The Saints held a 37-33 edge in shots on the afternoon, thanks to a 14-5 edge in the fourth quarter. Siena also finished with 12-of-15 faceoff victories in the second half and 13-of-22 for the game. Bryan Neufeld led the Saints with six points on three goals and three assists, while Tom Morr recorded seven saves in the victory.

Canisius wraps up the regular season next Saturday with a MAAC contest at Manhattan. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Callahan's streak of five-straight games with 10 saves is the longest by a Griff since Tom Kucharczak stopped double-digit shots in six-consecutive games during the 2004 campaign ... Canisius has played Siena more than any other team in its program's history and now holds a 17-5 edge in the series ... Nine seniors played in their final regular-season game at the Demske Sports Complex and were honored before the game - Bergsma, Coates, Michael, Vivian, Drew Caldiero, Adam Jones, Nick LoCoco, James McCready and Mike Rautenstrauch.

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