Crusaders Roundup 5/31/21

By Steven Czarnecki '21



The Crusaders defeated St. Mary’s 8-3 to start the final week of their regular season. The squad trailed 3-0 in the fifth inning, but RBI singles from Drew Podlas ‘22 and Jacob LaDuca ‘21 brought the deficit to one. Then in the following inning, Christian Cabrera ‘21 tripled over the center fielder’s head to score two runs and spark a massive, game-winning rally. LaDuca (2-3 with a run and an RBI), Cabrera (1-2 with two runs and two RBI), Podlas (1-2 with two runs and an RBI), and Vincent Mauro ‘21 (1-4 with a two-run double) led the offense. On the mound, Blaise Kolbert ‘22 pitched five and two-thirds innings while striking out three batters and allowing three runs on six hits. LaDuca worked out of a jam in the sixth inning with the game still in doubt before shutting the Lancers down in the final frame, recording two strikeouts and not allowing a hit in the process.

In their next matchup, Canisius defeated Timon 9-1. On offense, Cabrera (3-3 with three doubles) led the team while Mauro (3-4 with a double) and Justin Hodil ‘21 (three-run triple) were also major contributors. On the mound, Matt Bradley ‘21, Aidan Riker ‘22, and Mason Stamm ‘21 allowed five hits while tallying 13 strikeouts.

In their third contest of the week, the team defeated Hamburg 9-4 after scoring five runs in the opening inning. Cabrera (2-3 with two runs and two RBI), Kolbert (2-4 with an RBI), LaDuca (1-3 with two runs and an RBI), and Victor Mazzara ‘22 (2-5 with three runs and two stolen bases) led the attack at the plate. On the mound, Ryan Lynch ‘21 started with four strong innings while Bradley and Stamm finished the work. The three-man committee combined to allow one run and record five strikeouts.

To finish their busy week, the Crusaders beat Timon 11-1 in five innings on Senior Day. LaDuca (2-3 with two doubles and three RBI), Mazzara (1-2 with two runs and two stolen bases), Jackson Mann ‘21 (2-2 with two runs, two stolen bases, and an RBI), and Jake Dionne ‘22 (1-2 with two runs, a double, and an RBI) led the offense. In the two-hitter, Tommy Lynch ‘22 started on the mound while Riker and Stamm finished the strong outing.

Canisius finishes their regular season with a fantastic 11-4 overall and 9-1 league record to earn the one seed in the Monsignor Martin playoffs. The squad will face the winner of St. Mary’s versus Nichols in a best of three semifinal series on Wednesday and Thursday.


Canisius started the last week of their regular season off strong with a 19-8 victory over Timon. Then, the team lost a close 8-7 contest to Nichols.

The Crusaders finish their regular season with a 5-5 overall and 3-5 league record. They take on St. Joe’s in the semifinals on Tuesday for a chance to advance to the finals on Thursday.


The Crusaders fell to Nichols 4-1 in the team championship finals on Thursday after defeating St. Joe’s 3-2 in the semifinals. The team played a phenomenal season, finishing with a 7-3 league record, a 7-4 overall record, and a second place finish in the playoffs.


Canisius beat O’Hara/St. Mary’s this week to improve their record to 2-2. The team takes on Nichols/CCA on Wednesday in their final regular season meet before competing in All-Catholics on Saturday.


The Varsity Lightweight 4 team with Coxswain (pictured above with Coach RJ Rubino '09) won the SRAA National Championship Regatta on the Schuylkill River course in Philadelphia for the second consecutive year (defending its 2019 title since there was no race in 2020)! Matthew Talty ‘21 (stroke), Nathanial Siwiec ‘21 (three seat), Tyler Siwiec ‘22 (two seat), Zachary Siwiec ‘22 (bow), and Phillip Zafuto ‘23 (coxswain) were the winning rowers. Additionally, the Varsity 8+ squad finished in fourth place at the regatta.

After a massive victory, the Crusaders will compete at the Fontana All-High Regatta in Buffalo on Memorial Day.


To start their campaign, Canisius fell to Corning 29-22 but quickly bounced back to defeat Grand Island. The squad looks to build upon their solid start in the coming weeks.

Go Crusaders!

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