Canisius vs. Manhattan
March 20, 2004
The Game Story:
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ten different Canisius College players scored as the Golden Griffins defeated visiting Manhattan College 13-3 on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in MAAC Lacrosse League action at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs improve to 2-4 overall, 2-0 in the MAAC, while Manhattan falls to 3-2, 1-1 in the league.

Canisius opened up a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on goals by graduate student Matt Condon (Chittenango, N.Y.) and freshman Kevin Ross (Toronto, Ont.). The Jaspers cut the lead to 2-1 at the 11:48 mark of the second quarter on a goal by Greg Lewis, but Canisius rattled off three unanswered goals by junior Matt Vinc (St. Catharines, Ont.), senior Chris Tocin (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Stephen Ola (Williamsville, N.Y.) in just under four minutes to create a 5-1 lead. Lewis scored his second of the game for Manhattan to knock the lead down to 5-2, but Canisius scored with three seconds remaining in the quarter on a goal by senior Steve Muskopf (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and took a 6-2 lead into the halftime break.

Junior Travis Hill (Sanborn, N.Y.) gave Canisius a 7-2 advantage with a man-up goal with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter and Condon tallied his second of the game with 2:04 left in the quarter, giving the Griffs a 8-2 lead. Manhattan would score their final goal of the afternoon with 30 seconds left in the quarter on a score by Justin Otto.

Canisius would score five unanswered goal in the fourth quarter to pull away and seal the game. Tocin added his second of the game at the 2:23 mark, while Ross scored his second, a man-up goal, with 7:29 left in the game. Senior Greg Campbell (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored with 5:30 remaining and sophomores Kiel Illg (Lackawanna, N.Y.) and Jason Iwankow (West Seneca, N.Y.) also scored for the Griffs.

Sophomore goalie Tom Kucharczak (Hamburg, N.Y.) posted 15 saves for Canisius in the win. Manhattan^s Rob Busweiler stopped eight shots in the loss for the Jaspers.

Canisius returns to action next Saturday, March 27, as its hosts Providence in MAAC Lacrosse League action at 1:00 p.m.