In their first game of the season, the Crusaders dominated St. Joe’s 63-0 in a blowout victory. They took a 35-0 halftime lead and didn’t look back.
At quarterback, Tyler Baker ‘22 completed 9/13 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns while he and his brother Jadon Baker ‘23 each rushed for a touchdown. In the backfield, Joe Dixon ‘21 rushed five times for 35 yards and a touchdown while Cureem Hathcock ‘23 added five carries for 38 yards, and Zaire Leonard ‘22 added a touchdown. Among the wideouts, Nik McMillan ‘22 caught five balls for 103 yards and a touchdown while Wisken Whited ‘21 tallied three catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Nicholas Ciriello ‘22 had eleven tackles (including two for a loss) while McMillan and Whited each had an interception, the latter returning his for a touchdown. On special teams, Lamar Thomas ‘22 returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and Whited converted all nine of his extra point kicks.
The squad looks to carry over their excellent performance into their next game versus St. Francis on Tuesday, April 6th.
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Canisius fell to St. Francis 4-0 in the Monsignor Martin Finals on Friday. They let up a goal early in the first period and weren’t able to complete a comeback.
The day before in the semifinals, the squad defeated St. Mary’s 3-2. They fell down one goal early in the first period, but Vinnie Mauro ‘21 quickly responded with a score of his own, tipping an Alex Schmidt ‘22 shot in from the wing. After another Lancer goal in the second period, Dan Urban ‘22 took the puck behind the net on a breakaway and passed to Matt Usinski ‘21, who found Jake LaDuca ‘21 in front of the net for the game tying goal. Then, just seconds later after a series of well-placed passes, Luke Braun ‘22 scored the third and eventually game-winning goal for the Crusaders. Ryan Coyne ‘21, Ashton Curtin ‘21, and Aidan Ward ‘21 each contributed an assist in the game, along with the previously mentioned players. In net, Ronald Cauley ‘21 had a phenomenal performance with 16 saves.
Canisius had a fantastic season, ending with a 10-3-1 overall record, a 7-3 Monsignor Martin record, and a second place finish in the playoffs.
The Crusaders opened their season with a 3-0 sweep over O’Hara. Then, they swept St. Joe’s, winning the sets 25-15, 25-18, and 25-19. In the final two matches of the week, the team defeated St. Francis twice, 3-0 in each contest.
After a strong 4-0 start to the season, the Crusaders take on Lancaster and St. Joe’s this week.
Canisius fell to St. Mary’s 6-3 in their only game of the week. Will Jones ‘21 scored early in the first period off of a Ryan Spiesz ‘22 assist to tie the game at one. In a high-scoring second period, the opponents both traded goals until the Lancers gained the 4-3 lead. Will O’Leary ‘21 scored off of Matthew Pietrantoni ‘22 and Jeremy Sagun ‘22 assists, and Sagun added another goal off of a Jack Fuchs ‘22 pass. In the third period, the Crusaders fell into an offensive drought, and the Lancers iced the game with a pair of goals.
The squad takes on Lancaster on Monday in their last game of the season.
***JV Football stream: 4:30pm Wednesday vs McQuaid. Watch all Canisius livestreams here: canisiushigh.org/live.