Manhattan vs. Canisius
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
Riverdale, NY (April 16, 2005)- Manhattan scored 10 unanswered goals over 29 minutes, from the first to the third quarter, to defeat MAAC rival Canisius, 13-6, this afternoon at Gaelic Park. Greg Lewis and Justin Otto had three goals apiece for the Jaspers, while Eugene Tanner had two goals and two assists, as Manhattan won its fourth straight game to open the MAAC campaign.

After Canisius (3-5, 2-3 MAAC) went ahead 2-0 with 3:29 to play in the first quarter on a Kevin Ross goal, Manhattan (5-4, 4-0 MAAC) began its run of 10 unanswered goals beginning with a man-up goal by Otto on a feed from Tanner with 2:14 left in the quarter. Otto struck again with 32 seconds left in the quarter to knot the score, again scoring off a feed from Tanner.

With the score tied at two, Lewis got into the act, scoring back-to-back goals to begin the second quarter. Lewis first tallied an unassisted goal with 13:48 left, then gave Manhattan a 4-2 advantage with 11 minutes to play with his second goal in as many minutes.

Less than a minute later, Chris Oppito took a feed from Brian Murray and found the back of the net to make the score 5-2. Lewis then completed the hat trick with his third goal of the quarter, firing a shot past the Canisius goalie, and Oppito finished the half's scoring, again taking a feed from Murray to make it 7-2 as the teams went to intermission. Senior goaltender Robert Busweiler made five stops in the second quarter to keep Canisius at bay.

The Jaspers did not let up to begin the second half, as Tanner scored consecutive goals to begin the half, first scoring on a feed from Otto with 14:26 left, then tallying an unassisted man-up goal with 10:35 left in the quarter. Kyle Serbay ultimately wrapped up the 29-minute run with his first collegiate goal to give Manhattan a 10-2 edge with 5:20 left in the third.

Canisius responded with three consecutive goals over the next five minutes to cut the deficit to 10-5 with 13:04 left to play. However, Manhattan put the game away with three straight of goals of its own, capped by the first collegiate goal from Michael Caba, which put Manhattan ahead 13-5 before Canisius scored with 1:13 left to make the final score 13-6.

Busweiler finished with 16 saves in goal for the Jaspers, and earned his first victory of the season.

Manhattan will return to MAAC action on Wednesday, April 20, when they will take on Wagner in Staten Island at 3:30 p.m.