Canisius vs. Mount Saint Mary's
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:

The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team won its first game of the 2009 season, defeating Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, 9-3. The Griffs are now 1-6 on the season and 1-2 in MAAC play.

Sophomore Nick LoCoco led the Griffs attack with seven points, scoring a goal and registering a season-best six assists. Sophomore Adam Jones posted four points, recording a hat trick and adding an assist, while junior John Minieri scored two goals. Junior Alex Caldiero plus freshmen Jimmy Haney and Brendan O’Hagan rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with a goal apiece.

Senior Bryan Jack anchored the Canisius defense, recording 11 saves and yielding a career-low three scores. Jack also recorded four ground balls and posted a team-high two caused turnovers. Junior Tim Rowley won 8-of-10 faceoffs and picked up a team-best seven ground balls.

The Griffs opened the scoring 5:53 into the game when LoCoco found Jones with a man-up advantage. The Mountaineers tied the game less than three minutes later but Caldiero and Minieri both found the back of the net to give Canisius a 3-1 lead after the opening period.

Jones scored his second man-up goal of the afternoon to open the second period, stretching the Griffs lead to three, 4-1. However, the Mountaineers responded with two goals in a 22-second span to cut their deficit to one, 4-3. Neither team was able to score in the final 10 minutes of the half as Canisius headed into intermission with the one-goal advantage.

Canisius dominated the second half en route to the victory. Minieri scored a man-up goal to start the Canisius run with Haney, LoCoco and Jones following to give Canisius an 8-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. O’Hagan put the finishing touches on the afternoon, scoring his first collegiate goal for the final 9-3 victory.

Brendan Flanagan, Gerry Grant and Cody Lehrer all scored for the Mountaineers, who fell to 1-7 on the season and 1-2 in the MAAC. T.C. DiBartolo recorded seven saves in goal.

Canisius returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Robert Morris in non-conference action. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Game Notes: LoCoco’s six assists are one shy of his own school record ... LoCoco has recorded a point in all 23 of his career games, the ninth-longest streak in the country ... Rowley has won 26-of-32 faceoffs in the last three games (.813 winning percentage) ... Jones’ hat trick was his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career ... Canisius has converted 5-of-7 extra-man opportunities in the last two games (71.4 percent).