The Crusaders opened their week with a dominant 79-47 victory over Cheektowaga on Senior Night. Max Dowling ‘21 led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double while Joe Ciocca ‘21 was close behind with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Shane Cercone ‘23 also tallied 11 rebounds in the matchup. Additionally, congratulations to Coach Kyle Husband ‘96 as he won his 343rd game to become Canisius’ all-time win leader!
In their last game of the season, Canisius fell to Timon 60-54. After falling behind early in the first quarter, the team brought the Tigers lead down to just two at the half. Then, they kept their streak going as they took a four-point lead in the third quarter after going on an 11-5 run. Timon was able to retake the lead and take control of the contest halfway through the fourth. Eric Geisler ‘21 led the offense with 15 points while Ciocca added ten.
The Crusaders end their regular season with a 12-3 overall record and a 9-3 Monsignor Martin record. They take on Nichols on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Monsignor Martin quarterfinals. The semifinals and final will be on Thursday and Saturday at the home court of the higher seeded teams.
Canisius defeated Timon 7-1 to start their week. Dan Urban ‘22 and Devin Schaefer ‘22 led the scoring with two goals while Sean Milligan ‘21, Vinnie Mauro ‘21, and Jake LaDuca ‘21 each added another. Ronnie Cauley '21 saved 11 of 12 shots in net.
In their next matchup, the Crusaders beat Williamsville North 4-3. After Urban and Spencer DiLeo ‘21 scored in the second period to make it a two-goal advantage, the Spartans tied the game with two goals of their own before intermission. In the third, the two teams traded goals as a LaDuca goal retied the game. Finally with just under ten minutes remaining in the game, LaDuca scored for the second time in the period to clinch the victory. Usinski and Adam Trubish ‘23 each contributed two assists in the matchup while Piggot and Luke Braun ‘22 each added another.
Canisius tied Orchard Park 2-2 in their final game of the week. Quinn Griffin ‘21 scored the opening goal in the first period to give his team a 1-0 advantage. After allowing two goals, LaDuca scored late in the third to send the game to the scoreless overtime period. Braun recorded the first assist while Gianni Vona ‘21 added the second.
The squad is now 8-2-1 as they face off against Lancaster, Frontier, and St. Joe’s in the final week of their regular season. Monsignor Martin playoffs begin the following week.
The Crusaders fell to St. Joe’s 3-2 in their first of two games in the week.
In their following matchup, the team tied St. Francis 3-3. After falling to a 2-0 deficit in the second period, Will O’Leary ‘21 and Will Jones ‘21 scored consecutive goals to tie the game. Late in the final period, Dominic Gambino ‘22 gave the Crusaders a one-goal lead, but the Red Raiders quickly answered to tie the game at three before the scoreless overtime period.
The squad looks to avenge last week’s loss to St. Joe’s on Sunday in their lone matchup in the week.
***With limited spectators allowed, Canisius is live streaming as many games as possible at canisiushigh.org/live. Basketball streams: 5:30 Tues vs Nichols (quarterfinals), semifinals on Thursday (if win), finals on Saturday (if win). Fed Hockey streams: 5pm Monday vs Lancaster, 6pm Wednesday vs Frontier, 5pm Saturday vs St. Joe’s.