By Stephen Lapage
The Canisius College men’s lacrosse team traveled to Fairfield, Connecticut to face the Sacred Heart Pioneers in their final match of the regular season. After a hard-fought game, the outcome did not favor Canisius, losing 15–8.
Both teams combined for a total of 8 goals in the first quarter. The scoring started just 6 seconds in by Sacred Heart, establishing the tone of the matchup early.
The teams traded goals back and forth, but the Pioneers were able to come to lead after the first quarter, 5–3.
Sacred Heart continued their dominance in the second quarter as they scored 6 unanswered goals before Canisius was able to net two of their own, cutting the Pioneer lead to 6 goals. Sacred Heart was able to score one more goal, giving the Pioneers a 12-5 lead at halftime.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter, each scoring two goals to add to their totals. Sacred Heart held onto a 14-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, where the Golden Griffins needed to bounce back for a chance to stay in the game.
Sacred Heart was able to score first in the quarter to extend their lead to 8 goals, but the Griffs were able to quickly score to try and switch the momentum. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as the Golden Griffins fell to the Pioneers by a score of 15-8.
Attackman Colin Kelly was able to lead the Griffs in the game for scoring, adding two more goals to his season total. With his two goal effort, Kelly became just the 5th player in Canisius history to reach 40 goals in a season, the first time since 1997.
Face-Off Specialist Micah Hanson won 11 faceoffs in the contest, giving the freshman a new Canisius College men’s lacrosse record for faceoff wins with 194. Hanson’s accomplishment is a record breaker, topping the old record of 187 face-off wins, which was set by Joe Maier in 1996.
The Golden Griffins ended the season with an overall record of 2-13 and a MAAC record of 1-8. The Griff were able to win 2 games, tying their wins from the previous year.
The team looks to improve their record next year as they recover from the season and strengthen their team for next season.