Canisius Men's Lacrosse Tops Hobart in Overtime

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sophomore Simon Giourmetakis (Edmonton, Alberta) scored an unassisted goal 1:09 into overtime as the Canisius College men's lacrosse team defeated Hobart for the first time in 11 all-time meetings on Tuesday night, 7-6. The win, which was Canisius' third overtime victory of the season, improves the Griffs to 3-6 on the season.

Giourmetakis once again led the Griffs in the extra session. The sophomore made a move to beat a Hobart defender and then netted the game-winning goal in the top left corner of the net. Giourmetakis has now scored two goals and added an assist in Canisius' three overtime games this season.

"After a tough loss to Marist on Saturday, we came right back and continued to fight here tonight," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "Our guys believed that if they clean up the little mistakes and play hard, they can win. Our defense played great, we got some big saves when we needed them, we won some of the ground ball battles and we got some scoring from some different guys. This is a signature win for this program because we don't have a lot of non-conference wins, but we worked hard and got a total team effort for this one."

Junior Adam Jones (Owen Sound, Ontario) led the Griffs with three points on the night, scoring two goals and registering an assist. Junior Nick LoCoco (Cicero, N.Y.) added two points on a goal and an assist, while seniors Matt Barkas (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Alex Caldiero (Buffalo, N.Y.), junior Tom Vivian (Buffalo, N.Y.) and sophomore Jon Domres (Hamburg, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Sophomore Sean Callahan (Orchard Park, N.Y.) recorded eight saves in goal to anchor the Canisius defense. Senior Dan Coates (St. Catharines, Ontario) collected three ground balls and a game-high two caused turnovers, including a crucial one in the closing seconds.

Both teams had their offense clicking in the opening minutes of the game. Hobart scored the first goal of the contest 2:54 into the game only to see Canisius answer at the 4:16 mark when Jones netted his first goal of the day. Vivian gave the Griffs their first lead of the day 59 seconds later but Hobart responded 41 ticks after Vivian's goal to tie the game at two.

The offenses cooled after the early success as neither team scored for the next 15:43. The Statesmen ended the drought with 11:21 left in the second and then increased their lead to two with 7:09 remaining in the half.

Canisius responded by scoring three goals in a 76-second span to reclaim the lead, 5-4. Domres started the spurt with his third goal of the season and LoCoco followed with an unassisted tally. Canisius then won the ensuing faceoff and Justin Maderer (Orchard Park, N.Y.) found Barkas for the goal just nine seconds after LoCoco scored. The Griffs lead, however, would be short lived as Hobart scored the final goal of the half 15 seconds later as the teams headed into intermission deadlocked at five.

The defensive units for both teams stepped up in the second half, allowing only four combined goals. It took 10:43 before a team scored in the third quarter when Caldiero tallied his second goal of the season. Hobart once again answered right back, scoring just 15 seconds later as the teams headed into the final quarter tied at six.

Sam Miller gave the Statesmen the early lead in the fourth quarter, scoring 4:24 into the period. Hobart maintained its one-goal advantage for nearly eight minutes, however a penalty gave Canisius a late extra-man opportunity. Jones took advantage of the late chance, scoring off a pass from LoCoco with just 2:39 remaining in regulation.

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2010-04-14



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