Canisius, which qualified for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse on the last day of the regular season will begin its bid for the conference championship against No. 1 seed Siena in a semifinal game at 4 p.m. at Leonidoff Stadium in Poughkeepsie. Siena defeated Canisius, 10-7, in the regular season.
Despite a 13-7 loss to Marist last Saturday, Canisius made the field thanks to Siena’s 8-7 win over Manhattan. Because four teams were tied for second place behind Siena, goal differential decided the other three playoff participants. Canisius needed a Siena victory and to lose by no more than six goals to Marist. The Griffs rallied from a 12-2 deficit by outscoring the Red Foxes, 5-1, in the fourth quarter. After that, the Griffs had to sweat out the Siena game. The Saints barely held off Manhattan.
“What an emotional rollercoaster ride,” said Canisius coach Randy Mearns. “We knew that if we got within six by the end of the game, we still had some life due to the tiebreaker scenario. We silently waited for updates from the Siena – Manhattan game and it was torture. Finally, we got the result we were hoping for and are now in the MAAC Championship.”
No. 3 seed Marist will face No. 4 Detroit in the other semifinal at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Canisius will host the MAAC women’s lacrosse playoffs at the Demske Sports Complex Friday and Sunday. No. 1 Marist will face No. 4 Monmouth at 5 p.m. No. 2 Fairfield will face No. 3 Canisius at 8 p.m.