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Canisius men’s lacrosse completes non-league slate against No. 19 Robert Morris



CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y. | Demske Sports Complex
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Live Stats: GoGriffs.com
Game Notes: Canisius | Robert Morris
Series History: Tied, 5-5
Last Meeting: Robert Morris 12, Canisius 7 (April 18, 2017)
 
Canisius men's lacrosse closes out the non-conference portion of its 2018 schedule Tuesday when it welcomes No. 19 Robert Morris to the Demske Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. contest.
 
There will be a free t-shirt giveaway to the first 150 students in attendance.  
 
Scouting Canisius 

• The Golden Griffins (5-5) head into Tuesday's non-conference finale looking to get back in the win column following a 12-10 setback to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Detroit Mercy Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex.

• Senior Connor Kearnan has been compiling points for Canisius at a prolific rate this season as the senior attack ranks sixth nationally in both assists (3.4) and points (5.5) per game. With four games remaining in the regular season, Kearnan has already cracked the program's top-10 list for points in a campaign with 55.


• Senior Steven Coss sits second on the team's scoring chart with 31 points (16 g, 15 a). Coss has recorded multiple points in eight of 10 games played this season.


• Sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault leads the team in goals scored with 24 and ranks third on the squad in scoring with 29 points. Boissonneault has tallied multiple goals in eight of 10 games played thus far this season.


• Sophomore Reece Eddy highlights the team's defensive efforts as he paces the Griffs in both ground balls (45) and caused turnovers (15). Eddy's 15 caused turnovers this season currently put him in a five-way tie for eighth on the program's single-season chart.


• Senior Liam Ganzhorn has started all 10 games between the pipes for Canisius. He has posted a 13.25 goals against average and a .429 save percentage in 584 minutes of action this season.


• Canisius has been one of the more efficient offensive teams in the nation this season as it ranks fifth nationally in shooting percentage (.368). The Griffs have shot better than 30 percent from the field in all 10 games played this season.
 
Detroit Mercy Battles Back to Defeat Canisius, 12-10

• Detroit Mercy scored the final five goals of the game to erase a fourth-quarter deficit and defeat Canisius, 12-10, on April 7 at the Demske Sports Complex.

• Trailing 10-7 early in the fourth quarter, the Titans used a pair of tallies from Matthew Vangalen and individual strikes from Lucas Ducharme, Seth Mendall and Patrick Walsh over the final 12 minutes of regulation to record the come-from-behind victory.


• Senior Connor Kearnan notched three goals and added two assists for the Golden Griffins while fellow seniors Steven Coss and Ryan McKee pitched in three and two goals, respectively.


• Senior Connor Kearnan recorded his fifth hat trick of the season and 18th of his career with his 
three-goal effort on Saturday.
 

• With his two assists on Saturday, Kearnan moved into tie with Nick LoCoco for second place on the program's single-season assists chart (34).


• Kearnan's five points also moved him into sole possession of 10th place on the program's single-season points chart (55).

 • Senior Steven Coss recorded his third hat trick of the season and fifth of his career with his three-goal effort Saturday.

• Sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault posted his second multiple-assist game in as many contests with his two-assist effort on Saturday.
 
Scouting Robert Morris

• The No. 19 Colonials (7-3) turn their focus to non-conference play on Tuesday after opening Northeast Conference play with a 3-1 record, capped by a 10-9 overtime victory at Hobart on Saturday.

• Matt Schmidt and Jimmy Perkins serve as a potent 1-2 scoring punch for Robert Morris as the duo sits atop the team's scoring chart with 33 and 32 points, respectively. Schmidt paces the team with 23 goals while Perkins serves as the team's top playmaking threat with 20 assists.


• Zachary Bryant has been one of the top defensive players in the nation this season as he ranks fifth nationally in caused turnovers (2.40).  


• Alex Heger has started all 10 games in goal for the Colonials this season. He ranks among the top 10 goaltenders in the nation in both save percentage (.591/5th) and goals against average (8.15/8th).
 
Canisius-Robert Morris Series Notes
• In a series that dates back to the 2005 season, Canisius and Robert Morris have split their previous 10 meetings.


• After the Griffs won the first five meetings, the Colonials have held the edge of late with wins in each of the last five matchups, including a 12-7 triumph last April in Pittsburgh.  


• Canisius holds a 3-2 record against Robert Morris at the Demske Sports Complex. The Colonials have been victorious in their previous two visits to the Nickel City, including a 15-6 win in their most recent visit in April of 2016.
 
Canisius Versus Ranked Schools

• Tuesday's matchup with No. 19 Robert Morris provides Canisius another opportunity to make a splash on a national stage.

• Since the 2004 campaign, the Griffs have played 25 games against ranked competition, compiling a 1-24 mark in that time frame.


• Canisius' one win against a ranked school in that time frame came in 14-10 triumph against No. 13 Albany on March 25, 2014 in Albany.


• The Griffs are 0-1 against nationally-ranked competition this season, suffering a 19-11 setback at then-No. 1 Albany on March 20.
 
Up Next

• Canisius plays its final road game of the regular season Saturday when it travels to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Quinnipiac in a 2 p.m. contest at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse arena.