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Canisius surprises Albany in lacrosse

Tim Edwards, a junior midfielder from Jamesville, played a huge role Tuesday in perhaps the biggest men’s lacrosse victory in Canisius College history.

Edwards stood out with a goal and seven assists, and dominated with his work on faceoffs and ground balls to lead the Griffs to a 14-10 upset of nationally ranked University at Albany before 577 on John Fallon Field in Albany. The host Great Danes (3-4) were ranked 13th in one national poll with all three of their previous losses by one goal — to Syracuse in overtime, Drexel and Bryant. It was the first Canisius victory ever over a ranked opponent.

Coach Randy Mearns’ Griffs (4-4) never trailed, although the Great Danes rallied twice, tying the game at 4- and 6-all. Then Edwards led a third-period Canisius explosion, assisting on four straight goals as the Griffs took an 11-8 lead into the fourth quarter. Three of the Canisius goals in the third came with a man-up because of Albany penalties.

Besides his eight points which gave him 23 for the season, Edwards won 9 of 13 faceoffs and had a game-high six ground balls.

Vince Gravino scored four goals while Nick Tuttle and Sam Connors had two each for Canisius. Kevin Collins, Brandon Bull, Jake Giarrano, Jeff Edwards and Mike Vavonese added single tallies. Goalkeeper Alex Govenettio had 12 saves.

Canisius held the Great Danes, the highest scoring team in the nation, to a season low in goals despite the play of the Albany’s three Thompsons, brothers Lyle and Miles of the Onondaga Reservation and their cousin Ty of the Mohawk Nation. Miles Thompson, the NCAA leader in goals, had four goals and three assists to raise his season’s total to 30-14-44. Lyle Thompson, the national leader in points, had a goal and three assists to go to 16-32-48.

Ryan Feuerstein, a senior middie from Hamburg, had two goals for Albany.

Canisius will move on to Loudonville for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game against Siena at 3 p.m. on Saturday.