Albany, N.Y. - Despite a fifth straight hat trick by senior Joe Resetarits, UAlbany fell to Canisius, 13-10, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. With the loss, UAlbany drops to 0-5 on the season, while Canisius evens its record to 1-1.
UAlbany scored the first goal of the game, as Lyle Thompson took an assist from brother Miles just two minutes into action. Canisius responded with the next two goals, but UAlbany's Will Stenberg evened the score at 2-2 with 1:52 left to play in the first quarter off an assist by Resetarits. The Great Danes took a 4-2 advantage to start the second quarter on goals a minute and a half apart by Resetarits and Daley Baker. The Golden Griffins came back, however, netting the next two scores to tie the game at 4-4. The Thompson brothers connected again before the half, as Miles assisted on Lyle's second goal of the game, this time on a man-up opportunity, with 2:23 left to play.
Coming out of halftime, Canisus scored three straight goals to pull ahead, 7-5 with 8:26 left to play. Resetartis scored his second goal of the game at 6:48 to end the Golden Griffin run, but back-to-back goals involving Simon Giourmetakis kept Canisius up by two. Giourmetakis scored at 5:47, before assisting on Cody Gould's tally at 4:59. The Great Danes attempted to rally before the end of the half, pulling within 9-8 on goals by Ty Thompson and Rocky Bonitatibus. However, Canisus won the ensuing faceoff off Bonitatibus' goal and Jimmy Haney scored for the Golden Griffins before the end of the quarter.
Canisius continued to fire away in the fourth, scoring three straight goals to start the final period. Giourmetakis scored two of the three, to bring his total to six in the game, while Haney completed a hat trick with an unassisted shot. UAlbany continued to battle, and scored the final two goals of the game. Resetarits netted an unassisted tally to finalize his fifth consecutive hat trick, while Bonitatibus took an assist from Ty Thompson for the Great Danes' final goal of the game at 1:56.
The teams played the game evenly throughout, with Canisius holding a slight 34-31 advantage in shots and a 35-29 differential in ground balls. The Golden Griffins won 16-of-26 faceoffs. UAlbany was successful in their only extra-man opportunity of the day, while Canisius went 0-6 on the man-up unit. John Carroll played all 60 minutes in goal for UAlbany, making nine saves, while Sean Callahan stopped 10 shots for Canisius.
UAlbany will return to action on Saturday, March 17, hosting Bryant at 1 p.m.