Monmouth Rally Falls Short at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Monmouth freshman Dan Bloodgood (Jackson, N.J./Freehold Township) scored three times and added an assist, but the Hawks' rally fell short in a 5-4 MAAC opening men's lacrosse defeat at Canisius on Saturday afternoon. Monmouth, which surrendered a season-low five goals, falls to 0-6 in its first season of competition.

Trailing 5-3 late in the fourth, Bloodgood netted his third score of the day, and team-leading eighth goal of the year, with 12 seconds left off a feed from classmate Chris Daly (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion), but the Hawks could not get any closer, as the Blue & White fell to 0-1 in MAAC play.

"We left some plays on the field today and made some mistakes at critical times that cost us," said head coach Brian Fisher, whose first-year Hawks have lost three games by two goals or fewer. "It felt great to be right there in a tight game that went down to the wire, but It's disappointing to lose considering how close we were this afternoon. Today was no different than the other games; I was proud of the way we competed and fought right until the end. Both of our goalies were great today, Dan Bloodgood had another good day and all three of our defensemen are playing well right now."

The Hawks got on the board first with 5:02 left in the first quarter, as Bloodgood tallied an unaided goal, before the Golden Griffins' Tim Edwards knotted the score at 1-1 with 2:58 left. The Blue & White quickly answered 49 seconds later to regain a 2-1 lead as Bloodgood notched his second unassisted goal.

Canisius netted the only two scores of the second quarter to hold a 3-2 lead at the break, while Brandon Bull's goal at 13:31 of the third, put the Griffs in front 4-2.

Monmouth climbed within 4-3 as Bloodgood fed junior Zach Johannes (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII/Franklin & Marshall) with 9:50 remaining in the third, but CC regained a two-goal cushion with 2:59 remaining in the contest Billy Jacobbi's eighth tally of the season for the Griffs.

Freshman Nick Hreshko (Warrington, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) was saddled with the loss for the Hawks, making nine saves in the opening 30 minutes of action, while junior Garrett Conaway (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty/Essex-Howard CC) made seven stops for the Monmouth in the second half.

Monmouth was outshot 32-30, as the Hawks forced Canisius (3-3, 1-0 MAAC) goalkeeper Alex Govenettio to make nine saves.

Fisher added, "Despite the disappointment with today's outcome, we are moving in the right direction as each game we learn a little more about ourselves, improve and get better."

Monmouth returns to action next Saturday, March 22 when the Hawks travel to Siena for a 1:00 p.m. match in league play.


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