The Crusaders kicked off their season with a dominant 67-26 victory over St. Mary’s after jumping to a 46-5 halftime lead. Joe Ciocca ‘21 and Declan Ryan ‘22 led the scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
In the following game, the squad defeated St. Francis 71-56. Despite a slow start, they had the lead most of the game and pulled away in the third quarter. Ciocca led the team with 19 points while Ryan, Shane Cercone ‘23, and Max Dowling ‘21 added 18, 12, and 10.
In the third and final game of the week, Canisius beat Jamestown 59-51. After a back-and-forth first half, the team went on a 13-9 run in the second quarter to take the one-point halftime lead. Thanks to aggressive ball pressure and several steals from Malik Jemison ‘21, Willie Herron ‘21, and Eric Geisler ‘21, the Crusaders never trailed again. After Jamestown threatened a comeback late in the fourth quarter, Ryan silenced them with a game-clinching layup through contact. The big man finished with 21 points, showing off his scoring abilities from both inside and the perimeter.
After the first of many busy weeks, the Crusaders are now 3-0. They take on Nichols and O’Hara early in the week before the marquee matchup versus St. Joe’s at 1:30pm on Sunday.
Canisius opened their season with a solid 5-3 victory over Clarence. Luke Braun ‘22 led the team with two goals while Spencer DiLeo ‘21, Jake LaDuca ‘21, and Vinnie Mauro ‘21 each added another.
Next, the squad fell to St. Mary’s in a tight 2-1 game. After a Lancer goal on a penalty shot, LaDuca answered with a power play goal, assisted by Joey Ceccato ‘21 and Matt Usinski ‘21. Unfortunately, St. Mary’s scored once more before the first period concluded, and a scoring drought ensued. Nonetheless, Ronnie Cauley ‘21 had a solid game in net.
In the game of the week, the Crusaders defeated rival St. Joe’s 5-4 in a thrilling game. After allowing a goal in the opening period, Usinski scored on a breakaway off of a LaDuca pass early in the second. By the end of the high-scoring period, the team had a 4-2 lead, courtesy of a spectacular shot from Braun from the wing, a put-back goal by Usinski, and a DiLeo goal from Ashton Curtin ‘21. To start the final period, the Marauders staged a comeback, adding two goals to tie the game. Despite this development, Usinski wasn’t rattled in the slightest, achieving a hat-trick off of a game-winning power play goal with 7:40 remaining.
To conclude the busy four-game week, the team beat Lancaster 3-1. The Legends had a 1-0 lead going into the third period, but LaDuca ended the scoring drought with a goal off of Braun and Usinski passes. With just under four minutes remaining, a DiLeo score, assisted by Quinn Griffin ‘21, gave Canisius the advantage. Then, Curtin added an empty-net goal to clinch the victory. On defense, John Susz ‘21 had an excellent game with 19 saves.
After their opening week, the Crusaders have a 3-1 record. They look to avenge their only loss against St. Mary’s this week.
The Crusaders started their week with a tough 3-0 loss to St. Joe’s. Matthew Hassenfratz ‘24 had the high series of 473.
In the following match, the team lost a tight contest to Timon, 2-1. Andrew Kang ‘22 bowled a 513 for the high series.
Canisius now possesses a 6-12 record as they head into an off week. They take on St. Francis and Park the following week to conclude their regular season.
Canisius defeated St. Joe’s as well as Nichols men’s and women’s teams to improve their record to 5-0. They look to recharge during their upcoming bye week before ending their regular season against City Honors, Gow, Joe’s, and Buff Sem the following week.
***With no fans allowed at games, livestreams are available for basketball and hockey! Visit the Canisius website at canisiushigh.org/live. This week's basketball streams: 4pm Mon vs Nichols, 6pm Wed vs O’Hara, 4pm Thurs v St. Joe’s (Freshmen), 1:30pm Sun v St. Joe’s. Hockey Stream: 5pm Fri vs St. Mary’s
Above photo by Jacob Hanesworth '22: Malik Jemison '21 basket vs. St. Mary's