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Inconsistent Griffs fall to Vermont

By: Connor Pohlman

Vermont benefited from a pair of lengthy runs at the start of both halves on its way to a 15–6 victory over Canisius in collegiate men's lacrosse action Saturday at Virtue Field in Burlington, Vt.

A lack of consistency throughout the game plagued the Golden Griffins (2–7) in their matchup against the Catamounts (4–6). In the final non-conference contest for both programs, Canisius was faced with a 5–0 deficit against Vermont early on, with the Catamounts wasting no time to establish themselves. Five different Catamounts scored during the run that lasted more than 23 minutes, while the UVM defense kept stifling Canisius during the sequence, limiting the Griffs to a total of just seven shot attempts.

Redshirt freshman Colin Kelly finally got Canisius on the board midway through the second quarter, sparking a stretch that saw the Griffs score three of the last five goals of the frame to make it a 7–3 contest at the break.

Vermont regained control of the proceedings in the third, tallying all six goals scored in the frame to build a commanding 13–3 advantage. Five different Catamounts found the back of the net during the third-quarter surge, highlighted by a pair of tallies from Nick Alviti.

The teams traded goals during a fourth quarter that saw Keegan Kozack score twice and Hunter Parucki notch his second of the game, giving the Griffs a 3–2 edge in the frame while also determining the final nine-goal margin.

“What we've seen too often is when we've played together in spurts it's been good, but it hasn't been for a full 60 minutes,” head coach Mark Miyashita said. “We need to try and be as consistent across the board as a whole unit here going into the remainder of conference play. We're really excited about the opportunity.”

David Closterman recorded a hat trick and added two assists to pace the Catamounts. Jonas Hunter tallied a goal and two assists for a three-point afternoon while Tommy Burke was 17-of-20 at the faceoff X with a game-high four ground balls.

Kelly finished with two goals and an assist for the Golden Griffins while sophomores Kozack and Parucki tallied two goals apiece. Graduate goalie Matt Vavonese posted a career-high 19 saves between the pipes for the Blue and Gold.

The Canisius Golden Griffins will have a chance to add to their positive conference play record when they return to action on April 2 with a MAAC contest against Manhattan. Opening faceoff between the Griffs and Jaspers is set for 11 a.m. at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y.

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