Edwards' FOs/Assists Help Canisius in Upset of No. 13 Albany

Canisius never trailed in a 14-10 upset at No. 13 Albany on Tuesday afternoon, posting the program's first-ever win against a nationally-ranked school. With the win, the Griffs improve to 4-4 on the season, while the Great Danes drop to 3-4.

"We put all the pieces together today and played as a team," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns.

"We finally put the ball in the net today and controlled the X again to maintain possession. We did a good job of containing the Thompsons and Alex Govenettio made a couple of nice saves for us. It was a great team win where all facets were clicking. We were crisp with our passes and really communicated well. Overall, it was the best game that we've played this season so hopefully we can ride that momentum to Siena this weekend."

Junior Tim Edwards (Jamesville, N.Y.) recorded a career-best eight points in the win, scoring one goal to go along with a personal-best seven assists. The junior midfielder also won 9 of 13 faceoffs on the day, while collecting a game-high six ground balls.

Sophomore Vince Gravino (Westlake, Ohio) matched his career high with four goals to lead the Canisius offense with junior Sam Connors (West Seneca, N.Y.) and sophomore Nick Tuttle (Castle Rock, Colo.) each netting a personal-best two tallies.

Senior Kevin Collins (Orchard Park, N.Y.), juniors Brandon Bull (Langley, British Columbia) and Jake Giarrano (Hamburg, N.Y.), sophomore Mike Vavonese (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Jeff Edwards (Jamesville, N.Y.) rounding out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Junior netminder Alex Govenettio (Derby, N.Y.) anchored a strong Canisius defense to the victory. The goalie recorded 12 saves and held the nation's top scoring offense to six goals fewer than its season average.

The Griffs netted the game's first two goals in just 1:35 when Collins a long-stick midfielder scored his first of the season just 23 seconds into the contest with Tim Edwards adding a goal 72 seconds later. The schools would alternate tallies a couple of times before two-straight goals pulled Albany even at four with 10:47 remaining in the second quarter.

Canisius, however, would answer back immediately. Tim Edwards won the ensuing faceoff and fed Gravino for his first of the day just eight seconds later for the 5-4 Griffs advantage. Gravino added one final Canisius tally in the first half, while Albany added one of its own for a 6-5 Griffs lead at the intermission.

Albany tied the contest one final time with the opening goal of the second half but a three-goal run put Canisius ahead for good. Tim Edwards assisted on all three tallies man-up goals by Bull and Connors sandwiched around a goal by Giarrano as Canisius grabbed a 9-6 lead and never looked back. The nationally-ranked Great Danes would pull within two goals three more times but the Griffs had the answer each time. Vavonese then sealed the Canisius win with his first collegiate goal with 53 seconds remaining for the 14-10 upset victory.

Canisius won the possession battle against the nation's top offense, outshooting the Great Danes, 43-33. The Griffs held Albany to more than 10 shots fewer than its season average. In addition, the Griffs won the battle at the faceoff X, 17-11, and dominated the ground ball battle, 35-21. Canisius also netted three man-up goals in the win scoring more with the extra-man advantage in six tries on Tuesday than in its first seven games combined.

Albany was led by Miles Thompson, who recorded seven points, four goals and three assists. Blaze Riorden recorded 12 saves in net for the Great Danes.

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2014-03-25



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