Highlights of the Crusaders sports teams from the last week.
The Crusaders suffered a close 4-2 semifinal loss to St. Mary’s. The Lancers struck first with a goal, but Joey Ceccato ‘21 quickly answered with one of his own off of a Vincent Mauro ‘21 assist. Minutes later, Jaden Riley ‘20 gave Canisius the lead off of a pass from Spencer DiLeo ‘21, and the score remained 2-1 until early in the second when the Lancers tied it up. From there, it was a back-and-forth game, neither team scoring for the rest of the second period or the beginning of the third. After the dry spell, St. Mary’s took the lead midway through the final period and their defense held up for the rest of the contest to earn the victory.
Despite a disappointing ending, Canisius had a phenomenal season. The squad ended the regular season with a 12-6-3 overall record and a 5-2-1 Monsignor Martin record.
Canisius fell 3-2 to Orchard park in a tight club hockey finals matchup. After a dry first period, both of the offenses were ignited. An Orchard Park goal halfway through the period was followed by a Dante Santora ‘20 score from an Andre Bray ‘20 assist. In the third period, the Quakers broke the tie with two consecutive goals. C.J. Lenahan ‘20 scored off of a one-timer late in the period, but Orchard Park held up and took the win.
The Crusaders came up just short in the finale, but they had a great season. They defeated St. Francis, swept St. Joe’s, and played a hard-fought championship game.