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Canisius men’s lacrosse to meet Detroit Mercy in MAAC Championship game

CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Kessler Stadium | West Long Branch, N.J.
TV/Webcast: ESPNU
Live Stats: statbroadcast.com
Game Notes: Canisius | Detroit Mercy
Series History: Detroit Mercy leads, 6-4
Last Meeting: Detroit Mercy 12, Canisius 10 (April 7, 2018)

 
No. 4 seed Canisius attempts to win its first conference title in six seasons when it faces No. 2 seed Detroit Mercy in the title game of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday at Kessler Stadium on the campus of Monmouth University.

Opening faceoff for the contest between the Golden Griffins (7-8, 3-3 MAAC) and the Titans (9-6, 5-1 MAAC) is set for 10 a.m. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Canisius
• Canisius makes its third MAAC Championship game appearance and first since winning the 2012 Championship Saturday after advancing with an 11-10 overtime victory over No. 1 seed Quinnipiac in semifinal-round action Thursday.
• Senior Connor Kearnan, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, has been the driving force of the Canisius attack this season as he leads the Griffs in both assists (47) and points (76). Kearnan leads the MAAC and ranks among the top 10 players in the nation in both assists (3.13/6th) and points (5.07/7th) per contest.
• Senior Steven Coss is second on the team in points with 49. Coss, an All-MAAC Second Team honoree, matched his career high with six points (2g, 4a) during Thursday's semifinal matchup with Quinnipiac.
• Sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault leads the Griffs in goals (35) and is third in points (44). Boissonneault, who ranks second in the nation in shooting percentage (.565), was named an All-MAAC Second Team selection on Wednesday.
• Sophomore Reece Eddy highlights the team's defensive efforts as the long pole has posted team highs of 26 caused turnovers and 73 ground balls. An All-MAAC Second Team pick, Eddy begins the MAAC Championship ranked among the top 35 players in the nation in both ground balls (4.87/33rd) and caused turnovers (1.73/13th) per game.
• Senior Liam Ganzhorn has started all 15 games in goal for the Griffs this season, posting a .434 save percentage and a 13.06 goals against average in 867 minutes of action. Ganzhorn recorded 12 saves in the Griffs overtime victory against the Bobcats.
• Canisius has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the country as it enters Thursday's matchup with Quinnipiac ranked third in the nation in shooting percentage (.372). The Griffs have shot better than 40 percent from the field on five occasions this season, highlighted by a season-high 51.4 percent conversion rate (19-of-37) in their 19-10 victory versus Manhattan on April 20.

Canisius Upsets No. 1 Seed Quinnipiac in MAAC Semifinals
• Senior Ryan McKee scored at the 2:59 mark of overtime to lift fourth-seeded Canisius to an 11-10 upset of top seed Quinnipiac in the first semifinal of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Thursday at Kessler Stadium in West Long Branch, N.J.
• Senior Steven Coss led all players with six points on two goals and four assists while senior Connor Kearnan chipped in two goals and three assists. Three players – McKee, senior Keith Pravato and sophomore Carter Stefaniak – pitched in two goals each.
• Canisius led most of the game until Quinnipiac took the lead near the midway point of the fourth quarter. The Bobcats held the lead until the final minute of regulation, when Stefaniak scored with 12 seconds to play to tie the game and send it to overtime.
• Canisius improved to 4-8 against Quinnipiac with Thursday's victory. The win also evened the Griffs recorded against the Bobcats in MAAC Championship contests to 1-1.
• Canisius improved its record in the MAAC Championship to 5-7 with Thursday's overtime victory.
• Thursday's win advances the Griffs to the title game of the MAAC Championship for the third time in program history (2008 & 2012).
• The contest was Canisius' second overtime contest of the season as Griffs moved to 2-0 in extra-session games in 2018 (14-13 victory over Furman on Feb. 24).
• Canisius improved to 5-4 in games decided by two goals or less with Thursday's overtime victory. Four of the Griffs last six contests have been decided by two goals or fewer.
• Coss matched his season high with six points (2g, 4a) on Thursday, matching his total against Siena on March 24. The performance was Coss' third outing of five or more points this season.
• Kearnan recorded three assists on Thursday, giving him 47 for the season and moving him within two helpers of matching Randy Mearns for first place on the program's single-season assists list (49 in 1990).
• Kearnan recorded five or more points in a game for the ninth time this season and the 16th in his career with his five-point effort on Thursday.
• Senior Liam Ganzhorn recorded double-digit saves for the seventh time this season and the 21st time in his career as he finished with 12 saves.

Canisius in the MAAC Championship
• Canisius is making its 10th appearance in the MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship, having won the title on two previous occasions in 2008 and 2012.
• Overall, the Griffs are 5-7 all-time in the tournament, including a 3-5 record as the lower seed. Canisius has won five of its last eight games in the four-team event.

Scouting Detroit Mercy
• The No. 2 seed Titans head into Saturday's championship contest looking to claim the program's second MAAC title after advancing to the championship game with a 12-9 victory versus No. 3 seed and defending tournament champion Monmouth Thursday.
• Matthew Vangalen, an All-MAAC Second Team selection, highlights the UDM attack as he leads the team in goals (30), assists (19) and points (49).
• All-MAAC Rookie Team honoree Brett Erskine ranks second on the team in all three major offensive categories, compiling 21 goals, 13 assists and 34 points during his freshman campaign.
• Freshman keeper Logan Shamblin has started 14 of 15 games played between the pipes for the Titans this season, ranking second in the MAAC in both goals against average (9.07) and save percentage (.548). Shamblin was named to the league's all-rookie team on Wednesday.

Canisius-Detroit Mercy Series Notes
In 10 previous meetings between the two schools, Detroit Mercy owns a 6-4 advantage against Canisius.
• The Griffs were victorious over the Titans in their only previous matchup in postseason play, posting a 12-10 victory in a semifinal-round contest during the 2012 edition of the championship in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
• UDM claimed the regular season contest between the programs, scoring the final five goals of the game to rally from a three-goal deficit and post a 12-10 victory at the Demske Sports Complex on April 7.
• Senior Connor Kearnan notched three goals and added two assists for the Golden Griffins while senior Steven Coss pitched in three goals and senior Ryan McKee added two.

Boissonneault Family Bragging Rights on the Line Again Saturday
• Detroit Mercy and Canisius do share a common family bond on the lacrosse field in the Boissonneault family.
• While Griffs sophomore attack Mathieu Boissonneault leads the Griffs in goals this season with 35 goals and ranks third on the team in scoring with 44 points, he will have some work to do in order to match the career outputs of his older sister, Emily, on was on the inaugural Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse team in 2009 and starred for the Titans from 2009-12.
• Emily is the Titan's career leader with 272 points and 242 goals. She is still in the NCAA Division I record books as she ranks ninth in career caused turnovers per game (2.28), tied for 15th in caused turnovers (157), 16th in goals per game (3.51) and tied for 16th in career goals (242).

Jesuit Pride
• Detroit Mercy and Canisius are two of just eight Jesuit schools playing Division I lacrosse.
• The others are Fairfield, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Loyola (Md.), Marquette and St. Joseph's.
•  Canisius holds a combined 8-24 record against Detroit Mercy (4-6), Fairfield (0-4), Georgetown (0-4), Loyola (Md.) (0-1) and Saint Joseph's (4-9).
• The Griffs have not yet faced Holy Cross or Marquette.