Game Notes for the Division I First-Round Games on Saturday

With Lusby's next point, the duo will also be the first tandem to score 50 or more points in a season since Goettelmann and Prout in 2000.

Ratliff's Scoring
Scott Ratliff had his second multi-goal game of the season in the ECAC semifinal game against Denver, and he tallied a goal and an assist in the title game, raising his season totals to nine goals and seven assists.

With his second-quarter assist against Fairfield, he tied the Loyola single-season record for long-pole scoring, matching the record of 16 points set by current assistant coach Matt Dwan his senior season in 1995 when he tallied 11 goals and five assists and earned All-America honors.

Ratliff, a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist along with Sawyer, is second nationally this season in goals and points by a long pole, and his seven assists are tops in the country. Bryant's Mason Poli leads all long poles this year with 19 goals and 24 points.

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Fresh off a MAAC Championship, the Canisius College men's lacrosse team now turns its attention toward the NCAA Tournament, opening against No. 1 Loyola. The Griffs and the Greyhounds - the ECAC Champions - are set to meet on Saturday at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPNU and ESPN3.

Canisius Wins MAAC Championship
The Griffs earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2012 MAAC Championship.
Third-seeded Canisius earned victories over No. 2 Detroit, 12-10, and top-seeded Siena, 10-9, to earn the program's second conference title.
Senior Jimmy Haney was named the MAAC Tournament MVP after leading the Griffs with nine points and eight goals in the two wins.
Seniors Sean Callahan and Brendan Murphy were also on the All-Tournament Team.

Griffs to Make Second NCAA Tournament Appearance
With winning the program's second MAAC Championship, Canisius is set to make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In their first trip to the tournament, Canisius lost at third-seeded and eventual national champion Syracuse, 20-3, in 2008.

NCAA Championship Breakdown
The Griffs are representing the MAAC on Saturday. The MAAC's champion is still in search of its first win in tournament play, going 0-10 all-time (including a 0-1 mark by Canisius).
Loyola won the ECAC Championship with a 14-7 win against Fairfield. The Greyhounds are making their 18th trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 9-17 record.
Canisius did not play any team in the field of 16 this year, while Loyola owns a 3-1 mark against tournament teams.
The winner of the contest advances to play either No. 8 North Carolina or Denver next Saturday in Annapolis.

Senior Leadership
The Canisius Class of 2012 is finishing its careers in style.
Close to becoming the first class at Canisius to not qualify for a MAAC Tournament since the team made its first in 2003, the 16-member class has carried the Griffs to the MAAC title.
Eight of the team's 10 starters in 2012 are seniors with the class accounting for 78.4 percent of the team's goals (91-of-116) and 71.2 percent of the team's points (136-of-191).
During the MAAC Tournament, the class contributed 18 of the team's 22 goals (81.8 percent) and 28 of the team's 37 points (75.7 percent) in addition to two All-Tournament Team honorees on the defensive side.

Canisius - Loyola Series History
The Griffs and Greyhounds are meeting for the first time in lacrosse.
Overall, Canisius is 2-24 all-time against teams currently in the ECAC.

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