DETROIT -- Canisius scored the last eight goals of the game to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat Detroit Mercy, 11-5, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday at Titan Field.
Junior Liam Ganzhorn made 11 saves in goal for the Griffs, including the final five shots he faced from UDM as the Griffs held the Titans without a goal for the final 31:51 of the contest.
Matthew Vangalen tallied three goals for UDM (5-7, 3-1 MAAC). Kyle Beauregard and Alec Gilhooly also found the back of the net for the Titans.
Trailing 5-4 at the start of the third quarter, Kearnan brought the Griffs level with man-up tally at the 12:53 mark of the third quarter before the two teams would engage in a defensive battle that saw neither team convert for the next 14:53.
Senior Lewis Vaccaro finally broke the deadlock 2:02 into the fourth quarter to give Canisius their first lead of the contest, 6-5.
Gold and Kearnan combined to give the Griffs some breathing room, scoring the next four goals of the game during a 5:08 stretch to extend the Canisius advantage to 10-6. Hornung capped the Griffs’ run when he put home his second goal of the game with 2:51 to play.
Earlier in the contest, UDM used consecutive tallies from Beauregard, Gilhooly, and Vangalen in a 5:02 span to break a 1-1 deadlock and build a 4-1 cushion.
Kearnan brought Canisius within one moments later, scoring back-to-back goals in a 52-second span to make it a 4-3 game midway through the second quarter.
Vangalen restored the Titans’ two-goal advantage with 1:51 remaining in the second, only to see Hornung counter just 56 seconds later to make it a 5-4 contest and start the Griffs’ game-changing run.
Canisius returns to action April 15 when it hosts MAAC foe Siena in a 3 p.m. contest at the Demske Sports Complex. The game serves as the second half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader, with the women’s team hosting Quinnipiac in a Noon tilt. The game will be shown live on Spectrum Sports (formally TWCSN).