Canisius vs. Detroit Mercy
March 17, 2012
The Game Story:
In a game of runs, a 6-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters led Detroit to a 17-12 victory against the Canisius College men's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon. The Titans improve to 4-4 on the season and 1-0 in the MAAC, while the Griffs drop to 1-2 and 0-1 against league foes.

"We just couldn't put all together today," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "It seemed like we would make a play but then couldn't follow up and connect on the next play. A lot of credit goes to Detroit, especially during the 6-0 run. They won the key faceoffs during the stretch and we just couldn't stop their momentum."

Senior Jimmy Haney led the Griffs with a career-best five points on the afternoon, netting four goals and adding one assist. Senior Simon Giourmetakis also scored four goals, while senior Travis Gibbons posted a personal-best four points and tallied his second career hat trick.

Freshman Tim Edwards recorded two points on a goal and assist with junior Nick Caldiero posting a game-high two assists for the Griffs.

The Titans started the game strong, netting four goals in the opening 4:28 to take the early advantage, but Canisius answered back with a 5-0 run of its own in a 10:20 span. Haney led the streak with three of the Griffs' five tallies, including the final two, as Canisius claimed a 5-4 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first half.

Detroit responded with a 4-1 run, sandwiching two goals around a Giourmetakis score to take an 8-6 lead. Gibbons cut the Canisius deficit to one, scoring with 1:38 left in the second, as the teams headed into the intermission with Detroit leading, 8-7.

After the Titans netted the first two goals of the second half, the momentum swung toward Canisius. With the Griffs trailing 10-7, Giourmetakis and Haney led a 4-0 Canisius run in just a 1:31 span as the Griffs claimed an 11-10 advantage. Giourmetakis netted three of the team's four goals during the stretch, while Haney added a goal and an assist.

Detroit, however, had one last run in them to take control of the contest. The Titans netted two goals in the final 46 seconds of the third quarter, including one with just five ticks left, for a 12-11 advantage heading into the final quarter. The Titans then added four goals in the first 1:50 of the fourth to grab a commanding 16-11 lead with 13:10 remaining. Detroit won 5-of-7 faceoffs during the game-winning run and Canisius never held the ball in its offensive zone.

Both teams added one more goal in the final 13 minutes as Detroit won the conference opener for both schools, 17-12.

The Titans finished with a slight advantage in shots, 33-31, while the Griffs won 18-of-33 faceoffs. A sloppy game at times, the teams combined for 55 turnovers in the game and went 30-for-48 on clears.

Joel Matthews led Detroit with eight points and seven goals, while A.J. Levell recorded 10 saves in net during the winning effort.

Canisius takes a break from MAAC action for a non-conference contest against Hobart on Tuesday. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Haney topped his previous career high of four points, which he accomplished twice ... Gibbons also netted a hat trick against No. 3 Cornell earlier in the season ... Senior long-stick midfielder Ryan O'Hagan recorded the first point of his collegiate career with an assist in the second quarter ... Detroit has now won 2-of-3 meetings between the two schools ... Canisius lost its MAAC opener for the fourth-straight season