Canisius vs. Providence
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Freshman attack Matt Baldauf (Kenmore, N.Y.) scored the game-winner at the 3:09 mark of sudden-death overtime as Canisius College defeated visiting Providence College 9-8 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs pick up their first MAAC win of the season to improve to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Providence drops their first league game, falling to 6-4, 3-1 in the MAAC.

Canisius scored the only goal of the first quarter, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore midfielder Greg Campbell (Orchard Park, N.Y.) at the 5:15 mark. Providence's Frank Bosco scored his first of three goals on the afternoon to tie the game at 1-1 with 2:13 remaining in the second quarter. The Griffs rally late in the quarter to take the 2-1 lead into the halftime break on a tally by junior midfielder Rick Neward (Williamsville, N.Y.) with 1:31 left on the clock.

After the Friars' Kyle Ojakian knotted the score at 2-2 at the 6:40 mark, the Griffs opened up the offense, scoring four unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead in the third quarter. Baldauf scored at the 8:23 mark and sophomore attack Chris Tocin (Orchard Park, N.Y.) followed with a tally just 22 seconds later for a 4-2 advantage. Neward tallied his second of the game with 4:33 remaining and sophomore attack Mike Roff (Liverpool, N.Y.) gave the Griffs a four-goal cushion with 4:05 left in the third. Providence scored a short-handed goal by Dan Guintini at the 11:48 mark of the third to close the Griffs' lead to 6-3 after three quarters.

Guintini opened the fourth with his second of the game, just 50 seconds from the opening whistle. Kevin Kornobis's man-up goal at the 5:03 mark cut the Canisius lead to 6-5, but junior midfielder Jonathan Duggan (Amherst, N.Y.) restored the two-goal advantage at the 8:32 mark. Providence then proceeded to rattle off three straight goals to gain their first lead of the game, 8-7 at the 11:16 mark of the fourth. Bosco scored two man-up goals and Skip Dunphy added an even-strength goal to give the Friars a one-goal lead ion the final minutes. Canisius fought back to tie the game and send it into an extra session with a man-up goal by junior midfielder Matt Condon (Chittenango, N.Y.) with 49 seconds remaining to set up Baldauf's overtime heroics.

Canisius junior goalie Seth Vath (East Greenbush, N.Y.) posted nine saves in net for the Griffs, while John Farley stopped seven shots for the Friars.

The Griffs return to action Sunday afternoon, April 7, at the Demske Sports Complex as they host MAAC rival Wagner College at 11:00 a.m.