By Stephen Lapage
After falling to Quinnipiac last week, the Canisius Men’s lacrosse team took on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in search of their first win of the season. The Golden Griffins rallied together in a valiant effort to get the job done, granting Canisius their first win of the season, with a final score of 13-5.
With the Demske Sports Complex surrounded by snow, the Golden Griffins took the field for their last non-conference game of the season. Canisius started the scoring off in the first quarter as midfielder Hunter Parucki was able to give the Griffins the early lead.
The Bonnies struck back within a minute, tying the game at one. The Griffins possessed the ball at the end of the quarter but were unable to score, leaving the scoreboard at 1-1 after the first quarter.
St. Bonaventure scored quickly to start the second quarter, but the Golden Griffins were able to take advantage of two man-up opportunities and took the lead, thanks to midfielders Kyle Brunsch and Jackson Webster.
Soon after, the Bonnies scored again, tying the game at 3. Parucki scored a buzzer-beater for his second goal of the game, giving the Griffins a 4-3 lead into halftime.
The Griffs came out hot in the second half, as attackman Keegan Kozack scored within 30 seconds. The Griffs’ hot streak was lifted by attackmen Colin Kelly and Kyle Brunsch. Canisius didn’t falter in their dominance, scoring two more goals before the end of the quarter.
The Griffins continued to roll over the Bonnies as they outscored them in the fourth quarter 4-1. Brunsch, Kelly, and Parucki all finished with two goals apiece, setting the tone for the Golden Griffins. Parucki also led Canisius in assists with three, giving him a 5 point game.
Canisius looks to continue their dominance as they host Marist on Sat. March 4th for a noon contest.