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Canisius men’s lacrosse hosts Detroit Mercy on Senior Night

CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Buffalo, N.Y. | Demske Sports Complex
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Live Stats: GoGriffs.com
Game Notes: Canisius | Detroit Mercy
Series History: Detroit Mercy leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: Canisius 11, Detroit Mercy 5 (April 8, 2017)
 
Canisius men's lacrosse returns home Saturday to host Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Detroit Mercy in a 7 p.m. contest at the Demske Sports Complex.
 
Saturday's contest serves as the team's senior day, with the team honoring its senior student-athletes in a ceremony prior to the start of the contest.
 
Scouting Canisius
•  Tied with Quinnipiac for the first place in the league standings, the Golden Griffins (5-4, 2-0 MAAC) look to remain undefeated in league play after their conference slate with road victories at Siena (13-12) and Marist (16-5).
• Senior Connor Kearnan has been the quarterback of the Canisius attack this season, pacing the squad in both assists (32) and points (50). Kearnan enters Saturday's contest in seventh place on the program's all-time scoring chart with 147 career points.
• Sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault leads the team with 24 goals. Boissonneault has recorded multiple goals in eight of nine games.
• Senior Steven Coss is second on the team in scoring with 28 points. Coss is second on the team in assists (15) and fifth in goals (13).
• Sophomore Reece Eddy highlights the team's defensive efforts as he leads the team in both ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (13). Eddy has also contributed on the offensive end, posting two goals and one assist.  
• Senior Liam Ganzhorn has started all nine games in goal for Canisius. He holds a 13.39 goals against average and a .432 save percentage in 524 minutes of action.
• Canisius has made the most of its shot attempts as it ranks second in the nation in shooting percentage (.375). The Griffs have converted on more than 32 percent of their shot attempts in all nine games played this season.
 
Canisius Cruises to 16-5 Victory over Marist
• Canisius ran off 11 unanswered goals during a 36:09 span to erase an early deficit and cruise past MAAC foe Marist, 16-5, March 31 at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
• Senior Connor Kearnan and sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault finished with eight points apiece as Boissoneault scored six goals and added two assists while Kearnan pitched in three goals and five assists to power a Golden Griffins (5-4, 2-0 MAAC) attack that established a season-high for goals with the win.
• Senior Steven Coss pitched in three goals and one assist and fellow senior Ryan McKee chipped in a pair of tallies.
• The Griffs established a season low for goals allowed as it held an opponent to single-digit goals for the first time this season.
• The six goals by Boissonneault were the most by a Canisius player since Simon Giourmetakis scored six times since an 11-7 win against Manhattan on March 24, 2012.
• Kearnan tallied five or more points in a game for the fifth time this season with his eight-point effort versus Marist. His eight-point performance moved him into sole possession of seventh place on the program's career points chart (147).
• With his five-assist effort on Saturday, Kearnan jumped into sole possession of third place on the program's single-season assists chart (32) after beginning the day in ninth place.
• Coss posted his second hat trick of the season with his three-goal effort on Saturday.
 
Scouting Detroit Mercy
• The Titans make their way to the Nickel City looking to rebound from a 14-11 setback to Quinnipiac at home last Saturday.
• Matthew Vangalen paces a balanced Detroit Mercy attack as the junior attack leads the squad in both points (19) and assists (10).
• Four players – Brett Erskine, Seth Mendall, Brennan Kamish and Patrick Walsh – are all tied for the team lead with 11 goals each.
• Logan Shamblin has been the Titans go-to keeper this season. The redshirt freshman ranks third in the MAAC in goals against average and is fourth in save percentage (.528).
 
Canisius-Detroit Mercy Series History
• In nine previous meetings between the two schools, the Titans own a 5-4 advantage against the Griffs.
• The Griffs and Titans have split their four previous matchups at the Demske Sports Complex. Canisius won the most recent matchup between the two teams in Buffalo, posting a 9-5 victory over the Titans on April 23, 2016.
• Canisius was victorious in their lone contest against the Titans last season, posting an 11-5 victory at Titan Field last April. Connor Kearnan recorded six points (5g, 1a) while Liam Ganzhorn made 11 saves as he stopped the final five shots he faced from the Titans as Canisius held Detroit Mercy scoreless over the final 31:51 of the contest.
 
Up Next
• Canisius plays its final non-conference game of the season Tuesday when it hosts Robert Morris in a 7 p.m. contest at the Demske Sports Complex.