By Stephen Lapage
The Canisius Men’s Lacrosse team looked to use the momentum from their win over St. Bonaventure to capture a win over MAAC opponent Marist. Thanks to a huge seven goal game for attackman Colin Kelly, the Griffins soared to victory with an 18-16 win.
Marist started the game strong, scoring four unanswered goals. Kelly was able to get on the board to halt the Marist offense for about 30 seconds before Marist tallied another. The Golden Griffins took exception though, and were able to score three goals before the end of the first quarter, where Marist led 5-4.
The second quarter was filled with scoring as the teams combined for 13 goals. Both teams battled back and forth, but Canisius was able to outscore Marist 8–5, giving the Golden Griffins a 12–10 score at halftime.
Marist was able to come out of halftime with some fire as they scored three unanswered goals to retake the lead. Canisius was able to score two goals before the end of the quarter, but Marist was able to score as well, tying the game at 14.
Marist scored quickly in the fourth quarter to give them the lead, but this lead did not last long, as Canisius was able to score four goals to regain their lead. Even with Marist scoring with seven seconds left, Canisius held on to win 18-16.
Colin Kelly led Canisius in scoring with seven goals, the most goals in a single game for a Canisius player since 1996.
Goaltender Tommy Kunz tallied 15 saves in the contest and face-off specialist Micah Hanson won a season high 19 faceoffs.
For their next action, Canisius will travel to Riverdale, New York to play the Manhattan Jaspers on Sat. March 25th at noon.