Canisius men’s lacrosse hosted nationally-ranked Albany in its home debut at the Demske Sports Complex on Tuesday.
The upset bid did not go as planned for the Golden Griffins.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate Connor Fields led the No. 8/9 Great Danes to a dominant 20-11 win by scoring four goals and adding three assists.
“When you play a top-10 team, if you make little mistakes, are a half-step late on a slide, or are indecisive, they’re going to score goals,” Canisius head coach Randy Mearns said. “Albany plays fast and is very talented. Kudos to them on a great performance today.”
Juniors Connor Kearnan and Ryan McKee each scored three times for Canisius.
Albany took control early by scoring the first four goals in the opening 3 minutes, 23 seconds. Fields, a junior, scored the second goal of the game and added three more and an assist in the second quarter to extend the lead to 15-6 at half.
Junior Steven Coss and McKee scored the first two goals in the third quarter for Canisius, but the Great Danes responded with five straight to bring the score to 20-8. Fields assisted on two of those. Kearnan scored the last three goals of the game.
The Great Danes dominated on faceoffs, winning 26 of the 35 draws. That left it difficult for Canisius to gain posession throughout the game.
“It felt like we could never get the ball and we were trying to survive defensively,” Mearns said.
Canisius goalie Liam Ganzhorn made 11 saves before being pulled in the fourth quarter. Bennett Drake added four goals for Albany.
Fields, who is on the Tewaaraton Watch List for the top player in college lacrosse, now has 22 goals and 22 assists in six games this season. His 7.3 points per game leads all of Division I lacrosse.
The Great Danes (5-1) won their fifth game in a row after a season-opening 10-9 loss at No. 6/6 Syracuse. They were predicted to finish first in America East in the preseason coaches poll.
Other locals on Albany include sophomore defensemen Chaunce Hill (Akron) and Matt Perla (Orchard Park) and freshman midfield Ron John (Lake Shore). None recorded a point on Tuesday.
The Griffs (3-4) visit Manhattan (2-6, 0-1) Saturday to play in their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest at 1 p.m.