After winning its first season opener in 12 years, the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team looks to continue its winning ways this weekend with a pair of games against Air Force and Denver at the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic. The Griffs square off with the Falcons on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET before meeting the host Pioneers on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius opened the season with a 9-3 victory at Boston University on Feb. 15.
• Sophomore Vince Gravino led the Griffs with five points and four goals, while junior Tim Edwards also added four points and a team-best three assists.
• Edwards also led the Griffs at the faceoff X, claiming 11-of-13 restarts (84.6 percent).
• Junior Alex Govenettio earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after stopping 11 shots (on just 14 shots on goal for a .786 save percentage).
GRIFFS LOOK TO MAINTAIN STRONG EARLY START
• Last Saturday, Canisius accomplished something it had not done in 12 years – win its season opener. The Griffs claimed a 9-3 victory against Boston University to start the year 1-0.
• The Griffs had not win their first game of the season since earning a 13-7 victory against VMI to begin the 2002 season. Canisius had lost its previous 11 season openers.
• Canisius now looks to carry that momentum into this weekend. The Griffs have begun the season 2-0 only one other time in the program’s first 24 years – starting the 2001 campaign with a 4-0 mark.
GOVENETTIO NAMED MAAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Junior netminder Alex Govenettio anchored the strong defensive showing against the Terriers and was rewarded with MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• Govenettio stopped 11 shots, while allowing just three tallies in the victory.
• The three goals allowed are the fewest by the Griffs since claiming a 9-3 win against Mount St. Mary’s on April 4, 2009.
GRIFFS RECEIVE VOTES IN INSIDE LACROSSE MEDIA POLL
• After a strong start to its 2014 campaign, Canisius is receiving votes in the first Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media poll, released on Monday.
• The Griffs are receiving votes for the first time since spending multiple weeks listed in the poll during the 2008 campaign. Canisius won the program’s first MAAC Championship and advanced to its first NCAA Tournament that season with a 10-6 overall record.
CANISIUS - AIR FORCE SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Falcons are meeting for just the second time.
• The schools met for the first time last season with Air Force claiming a 10-8 victory.
• Cody Gould led the Griffs with three goals in the loss, while Alex Govenettio recorded 10 saves.
ABOUT THE FALCONS
• Air Force enters the weekend with a 1-1 record. The Falcons lost their opener to Denver, 14-8, before rebounding with a 15-6 win against Furman.
• Three different Falcons have recorded five points this season. Erik Smith leads the team with five goals, while Tommy McKee (4g, 1a) and Keith Dreyer (2g, 3a) have also chipped in five points.
• Doug Gouchoe has started both games in net, posting a 10.52 goals against average and .481 save percentage.
CANISIUS - DENVER SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs have played the Pioneers on two prior occasions with Denver winning both times.
• The schools first met in 2010 in Denver and the Pioneers earned a 10-5 victory.
• Last season, the 11th-ranked Pioneers held the Griffs scoreless for nearly 40 minutes en route to an 11-4 win at the Air Force Academy.
ABOUT THE PIONEERS
• Denver is currently ranked fifth in the latest USILA coaches poll and sixth in the most recent Inside Lacrosse Media poll.
• The Pioneers, who are also set to meet Marist on Saturday, enter the weekend with a 1-1 mark. Denver opened the season with a 14-8 win at Air Force before falling to third-ranked Duke, 14-10.
• Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with nine points on five goals and four assists. Wesley Berg has netted a team-best eight goals for Denver.
• Jamie Faus has started both games in net, posting a 10.40 goals against average and .519 save percentage.
Men's Lacrosse Plays Air Force and Denver
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics