NCAA Team Reviews: Canisius Golden Griffins

Photo credit to Tom Wolf
Photo credit to Tom Wolf

For the better part of four months, many of us watched some exciting college lacrosse, whether it was on TV, online, or in person.  There were good games, which included all of Championship Weekend, and there were bad games, such as low scoring affairs and of course, the horrendous winter weather.  I take a look back at all 69 Division I teams and how they faired this season and what to look forward to in 2016.

Check out previous recaps: NJIT Highlanders, UMass Lowell River Hawks, VMI Keydets, Manhattan Jaspers


2014 Record 7-8
2014 Conference Record 3-3 (4th in MAAC)
2014 Scoring Offense 8.60 Goals Per Game (55th in DI)
2014 Scoring Defense 9.47 Goals Against Per Game (23rd in DI)
2014 Goals Leader #44 Billy Jacobbi – Sophomore (23 Gs)
2014 Assists Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Junior (29 As)
2014 Points Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Junior (44 Pts)
2014 Goaltending Leader #4 Alex Govenettio – Junior (.535 SV %)
2014 Face-Off Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Junior (.611 FO %)
2014 Ground Balls Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Junior (83 GBs)
2014 Caused Turnovers Leader #39 Adam Donner – Junior (12 CTs)
2014 Quality Wins Albany (13-10), Quinnipiac (11-10)
2014 Bad Losses Hobart (11-10), Binghamton (9-5)


2015 Record 3-12
2015 Conference Record 2-4 (6th in MAAC)
2015 Scoring Offense 7.87 Goals Per Game (61st in DI)
2015 Scoring Defense 11.00 Goals Against Per Game (T49th in DI)
2015 Goals Leader #44 Billy Jacobbi – Junior (20 Gs)
2015 Assists Leaders #3 Tim Edwards – Senior (13 As)

#31 Jeff Edwards – Sophomore (13 As)

2015 Points Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Senior (30 Pts)
2015 Goaltending Leader #4 Alex Govenettio – Senior (.495 SV %)
2015 Face-Off Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Senior (.528 FO %)
2015 Ground Balls Leader #3 Tim Edwards – Senior (70 GBs)
2015 Caused Turnovers Leader #34 Kevin Collins – Senior (16 CTs)
2015 Quality Wins Siena (10-9 OT), Manhattan (8-4)
2015 Bad Losses Furman (9-8 OT), Monmouth (10-7)



How much will Canisius miss Tim Edwards next year?  By the numbers he put up in the previous two seasons, the team will miss him a ton.  He led the team in assists and points the past two seasons, as well as taking the majority of the team’s face-offs and leading the team in groundballs.  But his numbers took a slight decline in 2015, and so did the win total for the Golden Griffins.

After an appearance in the MAAC Tournament in 2013, Canisius managed to finish 6th in the conference, just in front of Manhattan.  They went winless in their first five games, all of them against non-conference opponents, which included Boston, an overtime loss in Denver against Furman, and Michigan.  The team got their first win on the road against Manhattan before recording their second win of the season two weeks later at home against defending MAAC Champion Siena in overtime.  After losing four straight against Monmouth, Cornell, Quinnipiac, and Binghamton, the Golden Griffins won their only non-league game against VMI handedly.  A loss against Detroit ended their dismal season a week later.

One player couldn’t carry the team back to the MAAC Tournament.  Instead, the team took a small step in the wrong direction.  11 players depart next season as of now, including All-MAAC First Teamer Edwards, All-MAAC Second Team defenseman Adam Donner, and starting goaltender Alex Govenettio.  Players such as BillyJacobbi and Jeff Wilson will have to play bigger roles next season, along with the rest of the underclassmen, in order to return back to the MAAC Tournament.


Mario Caito Attack Solon (OH)
Logan Monroe Defense Holt (MI)
Michael Sanzone Midfield Salesianum (DE)
Trevor Hamm Defense/LSM Solon (OH)

Canisius has a good amount of players returning next season, and there might be some transfers coming in as well.  But four guys for a recruiting to me looks very small, although Canisius might have a reason why they only recruited a small amount for 2016.