In the game of the week on Sunday, the Crusaders fell just short against St. Joe’s, losing 63-60. The team started extremely slowly, as poor shooting brought them to a 29-22 first half deficit. Finally, they came out of the halftime gates firing, bringing the Marauders lead down to one point after a Shane Cercone ‘23 contested layup and free throw. In the fourth, Declan Ryan ‘22 converted two free throws to give the Crusaders the advantage, but after a few lead changes, St. Joe’s was back on top with under a minute remaining. Ryan and Max Dowling ‘21 were forces in the paint throughout the game, each contributing 19 points. Cercone also had 13. Click here to read more about this game.
On Monday, the squad started their week with a great 76-46 team victory over Nichols, as twelve players contributed to the scoring. Declan Ryan ‘22 led the offense with 18 points while Shane Cercone ‘23 wasn’t far behind with 14.
In their next matchup, Canisius defeated O’Hara 73-52 after jumping to a 19-point halftime lead. Ryan finished with a double-double (22 points and 13 rebounds) while Joe Ciocca ‘21, Max Dowling ‘21, and Eric Geisler ‘21 added 19 (five three-pointers), 12, and 11, respectively.
In the team’s third game of the week, they avenged last year’s loss to Health Sciences, defeating them 76-46. Canisius only had a six point lead at the half but outscored the Falcons by a massive 24-point margin in the final two quarters. Ryan and Cercone shared the Crusader high point total of 12 points while Dowling and Malik Jamison ‘21 each added ten. Size was an important advantage in the game, as Dowling and Ryan had nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
After a solid week of action, the Crusaders are now 11-2. They finish their regular season against Cheektowaga and Timon this week. The latter matchup occurs on Friday at 6pm, and the squad could clinch the two seed in the Monsignor Martin playoffs with a win.
Canisius overpowered Timon in a 10-1 win to start their week. Dan Urban ‘22 completed a hat-trick while Luke Braun ‘22 (2), Ashton Curtin ‘21, Adam Trubish ‘23, Vinnie Mauro ‘21, Jake LaDuca ‘21, and Ryan Coyne ‘21 accounted for the other seven goals. John Susz ‘21 saved nine of ten shots in the game.
In their second and final matchup of the week, the Crusaders defeated St. Mary’s 5-2. They were down 2-0 early in the second but answered with four straight goals in the period. Urban, LaDuca, Mauro, Spencer DiLeo ‘21, and Marcos Santana ‘22 each scored a goal. Curtin led the team with two assists while Coyne, LaDuca, Mauro, and Devin Schaefer ‘22 each added another. Ronnie Cauley ‘21 saved ten of ten shots after one and a half periods in net.
The team is now 6-2 as they face off against Timon, Williamsville North, and Orchard Park this week.
The Crusaders fell to Frontier Fed 3-2 in a close game. They look to get their first victories of the season against St. Joe’s and St. Francis this week.
Canisius finished in fourth place at All-Catholics to complete their season. The squad finished strong, winning their last six regular season games for a 15-15 overall record before the tournament.
The Crusaders capped off their perfect, undefeated 10-0 season with a victory against Gow! Another great season is in the books for a phenomenal program.
***With limited spectators allowed, Canisius is live streaming as many games as possible at canisiushigh.org/live. Basketball streams: 6pm Tues vs Cheektowaga, 6pm Fri vs Timon. Fed Hockey streams: 5pm Mon vs Timon, 5:30pm Fri vs Williamsville North, 5pm Sun vs Orchard Park
Photo by Jacob Hanesworth '22