The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team welcomes Manhattan to the Demske Sports Complex for the team’s final home game of the conference season. The Griffs and Jaspers are set to meet on Saturday at noon.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• Canisius is 4-5 on the year with a 1-2 mark in MAAC play.
• Junior midfielder Tim Edwards leads the Griffs with 27 points on eight goals and a team-best 17 assists. He also leads the team by winning 66.9 percent of his faceoffs.
• Sophomore Vince Gravino has netted a team-best 12 goals this season.
• The Griffs own the best scoring defense in the MAAC at 9.44 goals per game.
• Alex Govenettio has anchored the unit with an 9.07 goals against average and .525 save percentage.
GRIFFS TO HONOR MIKE GRECO PRIOR TO SATURDAY’S GAME
• Canisius will honor former lacrosse coach Mike Greco with the Ed Van Tine Award on Saturday.
• Greco coached the Griffs from 1993 to 1998. He won 26 games in his six seasons, which included a trip to the ECAC Championship during the 1995 campaign.
• Three players that Greco coached are now in the school’s Hall of Fame – Jason Cummings, Cort Knodel and Kevin Rozo.
“Now in our 25th year as a program, we are now reaping the rewards of the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of Coach Greco and his staff,” said current head coach Randy Mearns. “He is a big part of the foundation of our program and I am personally indebted to Coach for hiring me as a graduate assistant in 1998, which began my coaching career. Coach Greco brought energy, work ethic and values to the program. He is a special person and I am very proud to honor him as the third recipient of the Ed Van Tine Award.”
NEARING THE CENTURY MARK
• Junior Tim Edwards has led the Griffs offense throughout his career and is now approaching a career milestone.
• Edwards has totaled 96 points on 41 goals and 55 assists during his standout career.
• The junior is just four points shy of becoming the 18th player in the program’s history (and just the seventh midfielder) to reach the 100-point mark.
• One recent trend for the Griffs’ offense is an increase in scoring from secondary options.
• In the team’s last two games, 10 of the team’s 21 goals (47.6 percent) have been scored from players outside of the starting attack and top-line midfield.
• Canisius has averaged 10.5 goals during the two-game run, including a season-best 14 in a win over No. 13 Albany, after averaging 6.57 in the first seven games of the season.
• Prior to the Albany game, only 10 of the team’s 46 goals (21.7 percent) came from outside the six starting attackmen and top-line midfield.
CANISIUS - MANHATTAN SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs own a 15-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Jaspers.
• Canisius has won the last seven meetings in the series dating back to the 2008 season.
• The Griffs have dominated the series in Buffalo, winning all eight games at the Demske Sports Complex.
• Last year, Canisius used a 4-1 fourth-quarter run to pull out an 8-6 victory at Manhattan.
• Four of the last five meetings between the schools have been decided by two or fewer goals, including three by just a goal.
ABOUT THE JASPERS
• Manhattan is 2-8 on the season but 1-1 in MAAC play. The Jaspers won their most recent conference game with a 14-13 victory against Marist.
• Patrick Hodapp is first on the team with 19 points, while Ryan Payton has scored a team-leading 14 goals, including seven in the win versus Marist.
• Rich Akapnitis has appeared in all 10 games in net for the Jaspers, posting a 12.82 goals against average and .517 save percentage.
• Manhattan has struggled at the faceoff X, winning just 32.8 percent of its faceoffs (75-of-229).
Men's Lacrosse Hosts Manhattan on Saturday
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics