For the third time in program history, the Canisius men's lacrosse team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The fourth-seed Golden Griffs beat second-seed Detroit Mercy, 10-9 in overtime on Saturday afternoon for the MAAC Championship.
This is their third MAAC Championship title in program history and their first since 2012.
"It's a little surreal right now, the fact that it happened," said head coach Mark Miyashita. "The guys really battled together today. It's an amazing feeling. I'm proud of every single guy man in our locker room and I'm looking forward to the fact that we're not done and we've still got more lacrosse to play."
Down late in the game, senior Connor Kearnan tied the game 9-9 with less than a minute left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Six seconds into that extra period, the Griffs sealed their fate. Sophomore Mathieu Boissonneault intercepted a pass off the face-off and found a wide-open goal to grab the win. It was his second goal on the day and capped off the comeback win for the Griffs.
"It's a big confidence booster going into the next game, said Boissonneault following the win. "It's gonna have a good attitude all around knowing we can win and we will win and we deserve it this year with all the hard work we put in."
Carter Stefaniak led all players with four goals while Kearnan earned the Tournament's MVP honor.
The Griffs will learn their postseason fate tomorrow when the selection show airs at 9 p.m.
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