By Stephen Lapage
The Canisius men's lacrosse team looked to continue their winning streak this past week when they took on MAAC opponents Manhattan and Siena.
Canisius traveled to Riverdale, New York to take on the Manhattan Jaspers for their third conference game. The Jaspers started strong, as they scored six unanswered goals in the first quarter. Canisius was able to score two goals before the end of the quarter, giving the Jaspers a four-goal lead.
The Griffins rallied back soon after, scoring three goals in the second quarter, cutting the Jaspers’ lead to one before Manhattan was able to score again to maintain their lead. Canisius was able to score one more goal, making the score 7-6 Manhattan going into halftime.
Canisius was able to tie the game at seven after halftime, but Manhattan scored two more goals to achieve the lead again. The Griffs were able to score two more goals to come within one, but the Jaspers were too much, as Manhattan won the contest 14-9.
Canisius looked to get another win at home as they hosted the Siena Saints for their fifth home game of the season. Canisius scored two goals early into the game, but Siena fought back scoring four goals in the first quarter to give Siena a 4-2 lead.
The Griffins were able to outscore the Saints in the second quarter, but it was not enough, as Siena went into halftime with a 6-5 lead. Canisius was able to score two goals after halftime to give the Griffs a 7-6 lead. The lead didn’t last long as the Saints scored two more goals to give them a one-goal lead before the fourth quarter.
Canisius scored early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at eight, but Siena was able to score later into the quarter to regain their lead. The Griffs were not done as they were able to score with about eight minutes left, tying the game at nine a piece. This score would stay until the end of the quarter, meaning an overtime period would be played.
Both teams battled hard throughout the period, but with just 12 seconds left before the end of overtime, Siena was able to net a goal giving them the win, 10-9.
Canisius will be back in action at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 1, as the Griffins will host their MAAC opponent, Virginia Military Institute Keydets