WEST SENECA, N.Y.-Canisiusbeat a rebuilding Lancaster team on Tuesday with a total team effort, 16-9. Lancaster battled early on, after giving up the first goal of the game the Redskins came back with two of their own in the first quarter. The Redskins played a close first half but the older and more experienced Canisuis squad was able to pull away in the second half.
"We won the game that was most important. We didn't play a great game by any means. We're happy we got the win. We're 5-0, but we definitely have a lot to work on, but a win is win" said Canisius Head Coach and former Buffalo Bandit player Joe Smith. Smith, in his third year as the Canisius Coach, also added that " We were 5-12 last year, we had 5 games that we lost by 1 goal. We're learning how to win, and getting a little older. We've already matched our win total from last year so that's a good place to be in, but we have more work to do".
When describing the Redskins, "young" may be an understatement. Lancaster Head Coach Ranson Mullen said " We have twelve underclassmen on the team this year, ten of them are playing". Mullen, in his 10th year of coaching lacrosse, had 8 seniors graduate from last year but hopes to build on a bright future with young talent.
Canisius was led by Midfielder # 3 Mike Phillips who had 3 goals and 4 assists for the Crusaders. Midfielder # 6 Paul Burich added a goal and 3 assists to go along with 8 ground balls, and Attacker # 14 Ryan Mathews chipped in with 3 goals and 2 ground balls.
The Crusaders improve to 5-0 on this early season, Lancaster dropped its first two games of the season falling to 0-2. Canisius will play West Seneca West on Friday, then the Crusaders will kick off league play on Monday with a home matchup against Bishop Timon at 4:30.