Canisius vs. Saint Joseph's
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
Controlling the game from start to finish, the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team defeated Saint Joseph’s 15-7 Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.

Michael Blocho (Grand Island, N.Y.) led all scorers with a season-high six points in the game. Kevin Ross (Toronto, Ont.) had five points for the Golden Griffins (5-4, 4-1 MAAC) while Brad Favero (St. Catherines, Ont.) had four points. Junior Dan McAuliffe (Clifton Park, N.Y.) set a career high with three goals.

In net, Angus Dineley (Toronto, Ont.) made a season-high 13 saves, including 10 in the second half.

“We did a great job of sharing the ball and running our team-oriented offense,” Canisius coach Randy Mearns said. “Today, it was Michael Blocho who was the best offensive player on the field.”

The Griffs scored 37 seconds into the game on Favero’s first of the day, which started a three-goal run for the Blue and Gold. Saint Joseph’s (4-7, 4-1) traded goals with the Griffs for the rest of the quarter to make it 5-2 after the first quarter.

Canisius scored four of the seven goals during the second and third quarters to take a 9-5 lead heading into the fourth. Then the Griffs broke open the game by scoring six consecutive goals, including five during a span of 3:50.

The Griffs won 19 of the 26 faceoffs in the game. Tim Rowley (West Seneca, N.Y.) was 18-for-23 on the game and won the first nine faceoffs from the Hawks. The freshman tied his career high with nine groundballs and now has 32 in the last four games.

“Angus made some big saves early and Tim Rowley dominated the faceoffs, which gave us the first offensive opportunity throughout the entire game,” Canisius coach Randy Mearns said. “Matt Friedman and Michael Ferranti did their job on defense by shutting down their matchups in one-on-one defense.

“This was a very good overall team victory. Siena is our next challenge, which it definitely will be.”

Canisius hits the road for a mid-week contest when it plays at Siena April 18. Game time is set for 3 p.m.