MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS
• In order to qualify for the MAAC Championship, Canisius (2-3) needs to defeat Manhattan (2-3) on Saturday. The Griffs also need first-place Detroit (4-1) to defeat Marist (3-2).
• If both results happen, Canisius will earn the fourth seed for the tournament and will play top-seeded Detroit on Friday at 4:30. No. 2 Siena and No. 3 Jacksonville will meet in the other semifinal at 8 p.m.
CALLAHAN PICKS UP HIS GAME
• Junior netminder Sean Callahan has played his best lacrosse as of late.
• Callahan has recorded at least 10 saves in each of his last five games. He is the first Canisius goaltender to record double-digit saves in five-straight games since Tom Kucharczak accomplished the feat in six-consecutive games from March 20, 2004 to April 17, 2004.
• In MAAC contests this season, Callahan ranks third in the conference with a goals against average of 9.53 and with a save percentage of .534.
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 eight games without Jones, Giourmetakis has 27 points, 17 goals and 10 assists.
• As a junior, Giourmetakis leads the team with 31 points, 20 goals and 11 assists.
• Giourmetakis currently ranks sixth in the MAAC with 1.82 goals per game and fifth with 2.82 points per game. In conference games only, he leads the MAAC with 2.80 goals per game and 4.20 points per game, while placing third with 1.40 assists per game.
ON THE MARK
• The secret for Simon Giourmetakis' success in 2011 is due to his ability to take advantage of his opportunities.
• Giourmetakis leads the Griffs with 20 goals this season, scoring on just 40 shots. He has also added 11 assists for a team-best 31 points.
• The junior is currently tied for first in the country by making 50.0 percent of his shots this season. He is tied with Aidan Genik of Hartford and Scott Perri of Drexel.
CANISIUS - MANHATTAN SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs own a 12-4 edge in the all-time series against the Jaspers.
• Canisius has won the last four games against Manhattan, tied for the longest winning streak by either team in the series.
• Each of the last two victories for the Griffs came in overtime, including a 12-11 double OT win last season.
• Simon Giourmetakis scored an unassisted goal to lift the Griffs in overtime, while jimmy Haney netted a team-best three goals in the victory.
ABOUT THE JASPERS
• Manhattan has lost its last four games overall and its last three conference games after a 2-0 start, entering the weekend with a 3-12 record.
• The Jaspers are led by Justin Jensen this season, who has recorded a team-best 25 points and 18 goals in 2011. Brendan Rogers ranks second on the squad with 24 points, posting 12 goals and a team-best 12 assists.
• Rich Akapnitis has played a majority of minutes in goal, posting a save percentage of .506 to go along with a goals against average of 11.39.
• As a team, Manhattan has struggled on faceoffs in 2011, winning just 39.6 percent of its restarts.