Canisius vs. Wagner
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
Ten different Golden Griffins tallied a goal for the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team in its 18-6 victory over Wagner Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex.

Leading the scorers was Kevin Ross (Toronto, Ont.) who had four goals and two assists. Tom Hensel (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had three goals while Brad Favero (St. Catharines, Ont.), Michael Blocho (Grand Island, N.Y.) and Matt Hajek (St. Catharines, Ont.) each had two goals for the Blue and Gold.

The Griffs (2-3, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) scored the first two goals of the game before Wagner (0-7, 0-1) responded with its first goal. Canisius then tallied seven of the next eight goals to hold a 9-2 lead with 5:07 remaining in the first half.

The Seahawks notched two of the next three goals to make it a 10-4 game before the Griffs closed out the third period with six straight goals.

Hajek’s two goals were the first of his career while Kiel Illg (Lackawanna, N.Y.) led all players with three assists in the game.
Wagner was led by Andrew Daly and Josh Hamilton who each had two goals.

Angus Dineley (Toronto, Ont.) started for the Griffs and earned his second consecutive win while Brian Dell (Penfield, N.Y.) played the second half and made five saves.

“Offensively, we got back to focusing on being team-oriented and not relying on a couple of guys. When we move and distribute the ball, we are successful,” Canisius coach Randy Mearns said. “It’s good to get the younger guys some experience in a conference game because each MAAC contest is a battle. Today was a good team victory.”

Canisius continues its conference schedule by hosting the Virginia Military Institute March 31, at 11 am, at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game Notes: Justin Rychlicki (Boston, Mass.), Dan McAuliffe (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Dave Schaefer (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Derrick Rose (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Jim Blocho (Derby, N.Y.) each tallied their first goals of the season for Canisius… Ross extended his point streak to 40 games, which is the longest current active streak in the country. During that stretch, Ross has 96 goals and 47 assists… The Griffs improved to 2-0 in the MAAC for the third time in four years… Canisius was 5-for-5 on extra-man opportunities and converted 25-of-27 clear attempts, including its first 21.