Canisius vs. Vmi
March 31, 2007
The Game Story:
Combining seven points from Kevin Ross (Toronto, Ont.), five points from Michael Blocho (Grand Island, N.Y.) and a stingy defensive effort, the Canisius College men�s lacrosse team defeated the Virginia Military Institute 12-4 Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex. The win gives Canisius its third straight to start the MAAC schedule.

The season-high seven points from Ross included five assists, which were a career high. Blocho�s five points were the most for the junior since he had six April 1, 2006, against Providence.

Angus Dineley (Toronto, Ont.) started in net for the Griffs and allowed two goals in just over 50 minutes of play. The senior has allowed nine goals in 140:19 of conference action this season.

�All conference wins are big wins,� Canisius coach Randy Mearns said. �We continued to improve by playing a team-oriented offense.�

Canisius (3-3, 3-0 MAAC) tallied the opening six goals of the contest, holding the Keydets (1-7, 0-3) scoreless for the opening 25:32. That six-goal spurt ended when Kevin Hill scored his first of two goals of the game for VMI.

The Griffs then put the game away by scoring six of the next seven goals in the game to take a 12-2 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Dave Schaefer (Orchard, Park, N.Y.) and Justin Rychlicki (Boston, Mass.) each scored for the second straight game for the Griffs for the first time in each of their careers. Tim Rowley (West Seneca, N.Y.) went 12-for-17 on faceoffs and has won 58.2 percent of his faceoffs this season.

Ross had a career-high nine groundballs with his previous best being seven against VMI March 13, 2004, while Rowley had a career-high eight groundballs.

�Ross and Blocho had an outstanding game burying their chances. Defensively, we were very sound throughout the entire game. I thought we played with a lot of aggression and intensity in the groundball battle.,� Mearns said. �Angus Dineley played very well in the net for us, making some key stops for us early in the first quarter. Now we must focus on Marist, which is no easy task and will be a challenging game.�

Canisius returns to the road next weekend, playing at Marist April 7.

Game Notes: The Griffs have won seven straight regular-season home conference games with the last loss coming April 9, 2005, against Mount St. Mary�s� Canisius has outscored its opponents 35-14 in conference games this season� Ross last had seven points April 26, 2006, against Siena� Dineley has a 3.85 goals against average against MAAC opponents in 2007 and a .710 save percentage� Canisius had 43 groundballs, which were the most since it had 43 against Hobart April 26, 2005� Ross extended his point streak to 41 games, which is the longest current active streak in the country.