Men’s lacrosse can’t keep up with Detroit Mercy, falls 13-5

Mike Penna scored a pair of goals, but it was not enough as the Griffs fell 13-5 to Detroit Mercy on Friday. (Aidan Joly/The Griffin)

By Connor Pohlman, Sports Reporter

The Canisius Golden Griffins (2-2, 1-2) spent Friday afternoon playing catch up with the Detroit Mercy Titans (3-2, 3-1), falling 13-5 at the Demske Sports Complex.

The Titans got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first three minutes from Cam Kostus and Matt Blevins to give Detroit a quick 2-0 lead.

Despite the early goals, Canisius goaltender Otto Bergman had some nice saves defending against the Titans pressure. Bergman finished the day with 12 saves in net. 

Detroit Mercy senior Brett Erskine was the star of the game, finishing the day with six points, including five goals and one assist. He started his day with a goal in the first period, making it 3-0 Titans. Less than four minutes later, Erskine notched his second of the day making the score 4-0 at the first media timeout. 

“We came out flat,” head coach Mark Miyashita said. “We had three failed clears that led to three goals out of their first four off the bat and that’s unacceptable.”

Cole Gellatly added on to the Titans’ cushion, scoring his first of the game with 4:47 left in the first period, making it 5-0.

Canisius freshman Keegan Kozack finally got the Griffins on the board, scoring his only goal of the day, near the end of the period. 

The score was 5-1 at the end of the first period, but the Titans continued to add to their lead in the second. AJ Van Voorhis scored his only goal of the day, making it 6-1 just two minutes into the second quarter. 

Canisius’ Jackson Naylor gave the Griffs their second goal of the afternoon, making it 6-2. Just after that, Detroit Mercy sophomore Luke Majick finished the Titans scoring in the period, making it 7-2 by halftime. As well as being down in the scoring column the Griffs struggled to hold onto the ball, turning the ball over 10 times in the first half. They finished the day with 19 turnovers.

At the half, Detroit held a commanding lead over Canisius, but there was still life for the Golden Griffins as they hoped they could slowly work their way back in the second half.

The Titans opened the second half by continuing their momentum from the first, scoring 20 seconds into the second half to make it 8-2.

Junior Mike Penna opened up the Griffins second half scoring, narrowing the Titans’ lead to five. After some back-and-forth sequences, Erskine notched his 12th goal of the season, extending the Detroit lead to 9-3. 

At the end of the third period, the score remained 9-3. In the span of three minutes, the Titans added 3 goals to their lead, contributed by Erskine, Will Edell, and Ryan Birney. 

In the final minutes of the game, Detroit added one more goal, and the Griffins notched two more, thanks to Penna and graduate transfer Dan Kritkausky. 

Canisius will hope to bounce back Tuesday when they welcome Little Three rival St. Bonaventure to the Demske Sports complex for a 7 p.m. contest. 

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