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Canisius College rowing head coach Joel Furtek announced the Golden Griffins' 2013 spring schedule. The spring schedule will feature seven events, including the second annual Black Rock Cup along the Black Rock Canal.

"I'm excited about our Spring racing schedule. We'll face MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) foes nearly every week, which is critical in this first year of automatic NCAA qualification for the conference champion," said Furtek. "We'll head into the MAAC Championship on April 27 with a good look at how our young team matches up against the best in the conference."

The Griffs' schedule will feature the team's first appearance at the Jesuit Invitational on March 15-16 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The team will join fellow Jesuit institutions Boston College, Georgetown, and Saint Joseph's to open the season. In addition, the race will feature a pair of MAAC opponents as Fairfield and Loyola round out the field.

After opening the spring schedule, the Griffs will head south for a mid-season racing trip to Florida on the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bypass Canal. While in the Sunshine State, their race schedule will include a scrimmage between the University of Florida and the University of South Florida on March 30. The trip will be capped off by the team competing in the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championship on April 6 in Sarasota, Fla. The field will include Rollins, Stetson, Barry, Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech, and MAAC affiliate Jacksonville.

Returning to Camden, N.J., the Griffs will make their second appearance at the Knecht Cup, one of the premier regattas on the East Coast. The multi-day event will be held April 12-14 on the Cooper River. The team will be joined by over 40 Division I teams from varous conferences, including the Big East, ACC, and Patriot League. The race will also feature four MAAC opponents in the field - Marist, Fairfield, Loyola, and Robert Morris - the most members of the MAAC the Griffs will face outside of the MAAC Championship.

"We're pulling up to the line against crews from some of the fastest conferences out there, including the Big East and the ACC, as well as a number of others," said Furtek. "It's important for our racers to gain experience racing at all levels, and to take those lessons to heart as the season progresses."

On April 20, Canisius will host the second annual Black Rock Cup on the Black Rock Canal in Buffalo, N.Y. at the base of the Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse. Joining the host Griffs in the quest for the Black Rock Cup will be crosstown opponent D'Youville College for the second year in a row. Joining the tri-meet will be MAAC affiliate Robert Morris. Along with the race, the team will bless their new fleet and will welcome friends, fans, and alumni to experience the Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse.

"I'm really looking forward to hosting MAAC affiliate Robert Morris and our neighbors from D'Youville at this year's Black Rock Cup," stated Furtek. "It's always a beautiful day for racing at the Fontana Boathouse and our student-athletes will enjoy the support of their friends, family, and fellow student-athletes at this important late-season dual."

The Blue and Gold will return to Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. to close out the season with the MAAC Rowing Championship, April 26-27.

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