The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team is back in the MAAC Tournament and is set to face Siena on Thursday in the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Griffs and top-seeded Saints will battle on the campus of Marist, beginning at 4 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• Canisius lost in the regular season finale to Marist, 13-7, but still clinched a bid in the MAAC Tournament when Siena defeated Manhattan. The Griffs are 7-7 in 2014 and 3-3 in MAAC play.
• Junior midfielder Tim Edwards leads the Canisius offense with 41 points on 14 goals and a team-best 27 assists. He also leads the MAAC by winning 63.5 percent of his faceoffs.
• Sophomore Vince Gravino is second on the team with 31 points, including a team-best 21 goals.
• The Griffs own the best scoring defense in the MAAC at 9.14 goals per game.
• Junior Alex Govenettio has anchored the defensive unit with a 9.00 goals against average and .547 save percentage.
MAAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• The Griffs are making their seventh trip to the MAAC Tournament. Canisius did not qualify last season after winning the title in 2012.
• In fact, Canisius has won the title in its last two trips to the MAAC Tournament, claiming the championship in 2008 and 2012.
• Overall, the Griffs are 4-4 all-time in the tournament, including a 2-2 mark as the lower seed.
• Canisius won its only matchup with Siena in the postseason, winning the 2012 title game, 10-9.
A SUCCESSFUL RALLY IN A LOSS
• Despite the 13-7 loss to Marist, it was a late rally that advanced the Griffs to the MAAC Tournament.
• Canisius could not lose by more than six goals to the Red Foxes on Saturday to qualify for the tournament but faced a 10-score deficit (12-2) after three quarters of play.
• The Griffs had outscored their opponent by four goals in only two of their first 55 quarters of the season. Canisius, however, used a 5-1 final period to earn its spot in the tournament.
ONE OF A KIND
• Junior Tim Edwards has been a dominant force in a number of areas in 2014.
• Edwards lead the team in points (41), assists (27) and faceoff percentage, ranking sixth nationally by winning 63.5 percent of his restarts.
• The junior is the only player in the country to take at least 40 percent of his team’s faceoffs and record 15 or more points this season.
• In fact, Edwards is the nation’s only top-line midfielder to serve as his team’s top faceoff player.
CANISIUS - SIENA SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs have played the Saints more than any other school with the teams meeting for the 27th time on Saturday.
• Canisius holds an 18-8 edge in the all-time series against Siena.
• The Saints, however, own a 7-2 advantage in the last eight seasons.
• Earlier in the 2014 season, Siena posted a 10-7 win in Loudonville. Canisius pulled to within one goal after trailing by as many as five but couldn’t complete the comeback.
• The Griffs’ last win in the series also came in the rivals’ only postseason meeting when Canisius earned a 10-9 victory against Siena in the 2012 MAAC Championship.
ABOUT THE SAINTS
• Siena is the number one seed in the MAAC Tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons with a 6-0 MAAC record during the regular season. Overall, the Saints are 9-5 on the season.
• Richie Hurley leads Siena with 69 points, 29 goals and 40 assists. He currently ranks fourth nationally with 4.93 points per game.
• Tommy Cordts has posted a 9.90 goals against average and .519 save percentage this season.
• Casey Dowd has won 59.0 percent of his faceoffs in 2014 (190-of-322).
Griffs Face Top-Seeded Siena in MAAC Semis
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics