Canisius vs. Manhattan
March 27, 2010
The Game Story:
Sophomore Simon Giourmetakis scored an unassisted goal in the second overtime as the Canisius College men's lacrosse team picked up a 11-10 double overtime win against Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Golden Griffins are now 1-4 overall and even their record at 1-1 in the MAAC.

Sophomore Jimmy Haney had a team-high three goals while junior Adam Jones had four points - one goal and three assists. Playing in his first game of the season, junior Nick LoCoco had a goal and two assists while Giourmetakis also had two goals on the day.

"We needed a win in the worst way and we were able to come out on top tonight," Canisius head coach Randy Mearns said. "Our guys have been working so hard, and a win like this is something to build off of. Manhattan has a great team, and I'm proud of the way we battled back in a game of scoring runs. We were able to break through at the end and finish this game with a victory."

Each team had a chance in both of the overtimes. Canisius blocked a Manhattan shot in the first overtime and in the final 90 seconds, the teams went back and forth. After a Canisius turnover, the Griffs forced a Manhattan turnover and a shot from Travis Gibbons hit the post. Manhattan couldn't clear and the Griffs had another shot to win in the final seconds, with a shot from Gibbons hitting the post again.

Canisius won the faceoff to start the second overtime, but Jon Fiorillo came up with a save for Manhattan. The Jaspers came down and Canisius goalie Sean Callahan made his biggest save of the game. The Griffs got the ball into the Manhattan zone and Giourmetakis was able to beat his defender, scoring in the upper-right corner of the goal for the game-winner.

Callahan (1-4) had a career-high 13 saves on the day to earn the victory. James Synowiez and Justin Jensen each had four points (three goals and an assist) for Manhattan (3-4, 1-1).

Manhattan controlled the time of possession in the first half, but Canisius was efficient on offense - scoring on two of its first three and four of its first seven shots to take a 4-1 lead. The Griffs got on the board first when LoCoco found Haney in front of the net and Haney scored easily. The Griffs then got a goal in transition when Jones found LoCoco on the right side as LoCoco scored his first goal of the season to give Canisius a 2-0 lead.

After a Manhattan goal, the Griffs scored twice in the span of 50 seconds. LoCoco found Haney again and then Jones scored unassisted to put Canisius up 4-1. The Jaspers scored the final three goals of the half, holding Canisius to zero shots during the final 11 minutes.

The Jaspers carried over that run to the start of the second half, scoring the first goal to go up 5-4. Canisius responded with a five-goal run, including two goals in a span of 17 seconds. Jones found Brendan O'Hagan on the back door to tie the game and Tim Rowley made it 6-5 when he won the faceoff and went the distance for his first goal of the season. Giourmetakis went coast-to-coast for his first goal of the day, making it 7-5. A goal from Tom Vivian and a man-up goal from Gibbons put Canisius up 9-5.

Manhattan scored the next three goals to cut the Canisius lead to 9-8. Haney got his third goal of the night when he gathered the rebound of a save from a shot by Jones and scored to make it 10-8. Callahan came up with two saves on the ensuing Manhattan extra-man opportunity, but the Jaspers scored twice in the final seven minutes, including the game-tying goal with 1:47 left.

Manhattan won the faceoff and Callahan was able to force overtime with a save with 14 seconds remaining. The desperation attempt by Canisius wasn't successful and the teams went to overtime.

Canisius returns to the field on April 3, when the Golden Griffins travel to Saint Joseph's. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Notes: Jones had three assists on the day, the junior came into the game with two on the season... LoCoco played in his first game after missing the opening four games with an injury... Jones had four points in the game and now has 99 in his career... Canisius improved to 7-0 all-time against Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex and 12-4 in 16 all-time meetings... Canisius won 18 of 26 faceoffs in the game, with Rowley posting a 14-3 mark... The win was the 50th MAAC victory in the career of Mearns... Callahan had 12 saves in a game on two previous occasions.