It was heartbreaking season-opening loss for the Canisius men's lacrosse team. In Hanover, N.H., it was Dartmouth scoring with one second left in regulation to hand the Golden Griffins a 13-12 loss in the season opener for both teams.
Dartmouth had built a 5-1 lead after the first quarter but Canisius battled back. Mathieu Boissonneault tied the game for the Griffs, 6-6, in the second quarter while Dartmouth countered with two more for an 8-6 halftime lead.
But the rest of the game was close. Canisius again tied the game, 9-9, then took its only lead of the game with 6:18 left in the third when Ryan McKee gave the Griffs a 10-9 lead. McKee scored his fifth goal of the game with 1:13 left to tie the game, 12-12, but Dartmouth's Jack Korzelius scored the game-winner with one tick left on the clock.
It was the first game for Canisius head coach Mark Miyashita.
McKee's five goals gave him a new career high while sophomore Carter Stefaniak had five points (three goals, two assists) to pace the Canisius attack. Liam Ganzhorn made 11 saves for the Griffs.
Canisius continues its three-game road trip to start the season when the play at Binghamton on Tuesday.
Niagara women win opener
Junior Rachel MacCheyne, an All-MAAC preseason first-team selection, scored four goals to lead the Purple Eagles to an 8-7 win over Binghamton in the team's season opener in Lewiston.
Binghamton (1-1) took a 3-0 lead before MacCheyne got Niagara on the board. The Bearcats took a 5-3 halftime lead. Niagara tied the game, 5-5, with two quick goals to start the second half on tallies from MacCheyne and Caroline Crump. The Purple Eagles went up 8-6 with two more goals from MacCheyne.
Binghamton pulled within one with just under five minutes to play, but the Niagara defense held, bolstered by a key late save from goalie Olivia Schroeder.
"We battled today for 60 minutes," Niagara coach Wendy Stone said. "Things didn't go the way we wanted from the start, but we were able to fight through and make plays when it counted. This is a great place for us to start and we will continue to work to get better as we head into our game against St. Bonaventure on Thursday."
Niagara travels to Olean to play St. Bonaventure on Thursday.
The Canisius women will look for their first win of the sesaon when the play at Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Griffs dropped their season opener, 18-7, at Northwestern on Feb. 10.
Meanwhile the St. Bonaventure women open their home season on Tuesday when they host Vermont at noon at Marra Athletics Complex. The Bonnies lost their season opener on the road, 18-5, at Lehigh.