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MAAC Tournament Bid on the Line at Marist

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 04/27/2012
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The Canisius College men's lacrosse team wraps up the 2012 regular season on Saturday, playing at Marist with a MAAC Tournament bid on the line. The Griffs, who can qualify for the conference tournament with a win, play the Red Foxes at 4 p.m. in Poughkeepsie.

• The Griffs can earn a spot in the MAAC Tournament with a win this week.
• Siena and Detroit have already clinched spots in the 2012 field with Canisius, Jacksonville and Marist competing for the final two bids.
• If Canisius tops Marist, it will create a three-way tie for third place in the MAAC standings, which will result in a goals allowed tiebreaker in contests between the tied teams.
• Jacksonville has already played all of its MAAC games and allowed 17 goals against Canisius and Marist. The Red Foxes have surrendered seven tallies and the Griffs allowed nine goals.
• Therefore, Canisius needs to win and allow seven or fewer goals OR win by two and net at least 11 tallies.
• The Griffs are hoping for a return trip next weekend to Marist as the Red Foxes are hosting the four-team MAAC Tournament.

• Freshman Tim Edwards continues to get better during his rookie season, making an impact on Canisius' success in 2012.
• Edwards ranks second on the team with 26 points (9g, 17a). He ranks fifth in the country among rookies with 2.60 points per game (first nationally among rookie midfielders).
• Over the course of the last three games, Edwards leads the Griffs with 10 points (4g, 6a).
• The rookie enjoyed one of the best games of his young career in Saturday's win over VMI. He netted the first hat trick of his career to go along with an assist for four points.
• Edwards also leads all Griffs with nine multi-point games in 2012 (all in the last nine games).

• Senior Brendan Murphy has been a force on defense this season.
• Murphy has enjoyed his best year in his final campaign with the Griffs. He leads the team with 42 ground balls this season to go along with 12 caused turnovers.
• In Saturday's win over VMI, Murphy collected a career-best nine ground balls - the most by a Griff during the 2012 campaign.
• Murphy currently ranks fourth in the MAAC with 4.20 ground balls per game, which also places second among non-faceoff players.

• In a series that dates back to the Griffs' inaugural season in 1990, Marist holds a 10-8 advantage against Canisius.
• The home team has won 15-of-18 games in the series. Canisius is 1-8 all-time at Marist with the only victory coming in 1992.
• Last season, the Griff defense led Canisius to victory against Marist, allowing only one goal in the first three quarters en route to a 7-5 win. Sean Callahan recorded a career-best 14 saves in the winning effort.

• Marist has lost its last two games (to Siena and Saint Joseph's) and enters the weekend with a 6-6 overall record and 3-2 conference mark.
• Jack Doherty and Connor Rice lead the Red Foxes with 39 points this season. Doherty has netted a team-best 28 goals to go along with 11 assists, while Rice has recorded 17 goals and a team-leading 22 assists.
• Craig Goodermote has seen a majority of time in goal for Marist, posting a 9.92 goals against average and .526 save percentage.
• Matt Dugan has been the Red Foxes' main weapon at the faceoff X, winning 50.0 percent of his restarts (109-218).

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