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Men's Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan in MAAC Action
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/23/2012
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team hosts conference foe Manhattan in a MAAC contest on Saturday. The Griffs welcome the Jaspers to the Demske Sports Complex for an 11 a.m. start time.

FIRST LINE OF ATTACK
• The starting attacking unit of seniors Travis Gibbons, Simon Giourmetakis and Jimmy Haney have led the Griffs offense throughout the 2012 season.
• The trio has totaled 6.50 goals per game this season, the most of any starting attacking unit in the MAAC (Siena ranks second with 6.29 goals per game). The unit's 8.75 points per game also place third in the conference.
• Overall, the starting attacking unit accounts for 72.2 percent of the team's goals in 2012 (26-of-36), the highest rate in the MAAC (Siena is second with 57.9 percent). Only Marist's starters account for a higher percentage of points (67.9 percent compared to Canisius' 59.3).
• Giourmetakis leads the team with 14 points and 11 goals, while Gibbons is second with 11 points (8g, 3a) and Haney is tied for third with 10 points (7g, 3a).

SAVING HIS BEST FOR LAST
• Senior Travis Gibbons is taking full advantage of his first year as a starter for the Griffs.
• The senior ranks second on the team with 11 points this season, netting eight goals to go along with three assists.
• It has taken Gibbons just four games of his senior season to surpass his previous career total. He recorded nine points, seven goals and two assists in his first three years at Canisius.

FIRST IMPRESSION
• Freshman Tim Edwards has wasted no time in making an impact at Canisius.
• The rookie has 10 points, four goals and a team-best six assists in four games. Edwards is one of only two Griffs to post at least one point in all four games this season.
• Edwards is one of just three freshmen in the MAAC averaging at least two points per game.
• After his first week of collegiate action, Edwards was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week with five points, two goals and three assists in a pair of games against Cornell and Albany.
• Edwards is just the second Griff to be named MAAC Rookie of the Week following the first week of his career. Current senior Simon Giourmetakis also accomplished the feat in 2009.

CANISIUS - MANHATTAN HISTORY
• The Griffs own a 13-4 edge in the all-time series against the Jaspers.
• Canisius has never lost to Manhattan in Buffalo. The Griffs are 8-0 against the Jaspers at the Demske Sports Complex.
• The Griffs have won the last five games versus Manhattan, the longest winning streak for either team in the series.
• Each of the last three victories for Canisius have been by just one goal, including two in overtime.
• Last season, the Griffs earned a 5-4 win at Manhattan - the lowest-scoring game in the series. Sean Callahan recorded nine saves to earn MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the victory.

ABOUT THE JASPERS
• Manhattan is playing in its conference opener and has compiled a 3-4 record against non-conference foes. The Jaspers have won their last two games against Mercer and Binghamton.
• Brian McGrath has led the Jaspers with 12 points and eight goals this season.
• Matt Thistle ranks second on the team with 11 points (5g, 6a) in just four games.
• Brendan Rogers has registered a team-best eight assists.
• Rich Akapnitis and Michael Wiatrak have both seen time in goal this season. Akapnitis has posted a 10.75 goals against average and .590 save percentage, while Wiatrak owns a 9.33 goals against average and .600 save percentage.


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