Boston University Defeated by Canisius in Home Opener

BOSTON - Playing in its inaugural game at Nickerson Field, Boston University was defeated by Canisius, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon.

Three different Terriers found the back of the net, including freshman Cal Dearth, who collected his second goal in as many games. Freshman Ryan Johnston and redshirt freshman Sam Tenney each scored their first collegiate goals as well, while freshmen Justin Diamond and Pat Myers each recorded an assist.

Freshman Christian Carson-Banister was busy between the pipes and made a career-high 14 saves. BU (0-2) caused 18 of Canisius' (1-0) 25 turnovers, led by Dearth and sophomore Alex Paroda, who each had a hand in three turnovers. The Terriers also collected 23 ground balls, with Dearth also leading the team in that category.

Canisius took a 2-0 lead into the second quarter and added one more before BU got on the board with 6:42 to play in the stanza when Myers connected with Tenney. The Terriers needed just 12 seconds to make it 3-2 when Dearth collected a ground ball in the Golden Griffins' zone and quickly fired a shot past goalkeeper Alex Govenettio (11 saves). Canisius scored twice more to end the half with a 5-2 lead.

Snow began to fall at the start of the second half, which helped limit the scoring in the third quarter to a late Canisius goal. Trailing 6-2 in the fourth quarter, Johnston attempted to start a Terrier comeback with 8:13 remaining in regulation. Diamond earned his first collegiate assist after feeding Johnston for the man-up goal. However, Canisius regained its five-goal advantage eight seconds later before closing the scoring with 7:17 to play.

The Terriers did not commit a single penalty on Saturday after being whistled for nine in their season opener at Mercer. Eleven different BU players caused a turnover and 13 Terriers collected at least one ground ball.

BU will host its first-ever Patriot League contest next Saturday (Feb. 22) when Lehigh comes to Nickerson Field. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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Canisius won its season opener for the first time since the 2002 campaign with a 9-3 victory at Boston University (0-2) on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Tim Edwards (Jamesville, N.Y.) and sophomore Vince Gravino (Westlake, Ohio) led the Griffs' offense in the victory. Gravino recorded team bests with five points and four tallies, matching his career high in goals. Edwards recorded four points and a team-best three assists, while also dominating at the faceoff X. The junior set career highs with 11 faceoff victories (in just 13 attempts for an.846 winning percentage) and eight ground balls.

Junior Austin Romantic (Ithaca, N.Y.) added two goals for Canisius, while junior Brandon Bull (Langley, British Columbia) and sophomore Nick Tuttle (Castle Rock, Colo.) rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with a goal each.

“Overall, it was a great team win,” said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. “The offense capitalized when it need to but was also sloppy at times. We had too many turnovers for our liking. Simply put, we have to do a better job but overall, it was our first game and we'll continue to get better. Vince Gravino was also big for us and was able to find the net when we needed a goal.

“And what can you say about Tim Edwards?” Mearns said. “He won 80 percent of his faceoffs, eight ground balls, one goal and three assists and playing some of the best short-stick defense I've seen. Truly amazing.”

Junior Alex Govenettio (Lake Shore, N.Y.) anchored the Canisius defense with 11 saves in the winning effort, while the Terriers' three tallies are the fewest for a Griffs opponent in five years. Junior Adam Donner (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) and sophomore Rich Stapleton (Rome, N.Y.) led the Griffs with two caused turnovers each.

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