By Connor Pohlman, Sports Reporter
Despite losing to MAAC opponent Manhattan last week, the Golden Griffs got over the hump and picked up their first MAAC win, beating the Siena Saints 12–10 on the road at Hickey Field in Loudonville, N.Y.
Junior attackman Jacob Buck was the star of the game, recording a hat trick and three assists for the Golden Griffins. Freshmen Andrew Schermerhorn and Keegan Kozack pitched in four points apiece on two goals and two assists while fellow newcomer Hunter Parucki notched three points on a goal and two assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Otto Bergmann had a solid day between the pipes for the blue and gold, recording 12 saves.
Jack Kiernan tallied four goals for the hosting Saints. Brendan Lantieri notched a goal and two assists while George Rusnak contributed a pair of helpers. Goaltender Chris Yanchoris made 13 saves in net for Siena.
Canisius never trailed in the contest, opening the scoring with a goal from junior Jake Lemon before Buck notched his first of the afternoon to give the Griffs a 2–0 advantage near the midway point of the first quarter.
Kiernan got the Saints on the board with a little more than five minutes remaining in the opening frame to cut the Siena deficit in half, but Parucki and sophomore Jackson Naylor countered for Canisius to make it a 4–1 contest at the end of the first.
Graduate transfer Dan Kritkausky started the second quarter scoring to increase the Griffins lead to four, but the Saints recorded the final three goals of the half to make it a one-goal game, 5–4, at the break.
Canisius held a 6–4 advantage early in the third quarter thanks to senior Ryan Cicci’s first, but the Saints answered with a pair of tallies to tie the game at 6–6 with 9:27 remaining in the third.
Buck restored the Griffs’ advantage less than a minute after Siena’s equalizer and Kozack struck for his first of the afternoon a little more than two minutes later to push the Canisius margin back to two.
The teams traded goals over the next 15 minutes of play before Kozack and Schermerhorn struck just 69 seconds apart to stretch the Canisius lead back to three, 12–9. Siena was able to get one goal back with an unassisted effort from Seth Van Schepen, but that would be as close as they would get as the Griffs closed out the game to earn the two goal victory.
“I firmly believe these one, two and three-goal games are going to serve us well throughout the season,” head coach Mark Miyashita told GoGriffs.com. “If you look at the scores across the conference, it is a neck-and-neck race every single week”
The Canisius Golden Griffins will attempt to continue their winning play when they travel to Kinney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Marist in a 1 p.m. contest on March 27.