Men’s Lacrosse: BU Holds On to Defeat Canisius

Photo By Jim Pierce
Written by Marisa Ingemi

The Boston University Terriers extended its record to 5-1 on Saturday afternoon with a 10-8 victory over the Canisius Golden Griffins. Freshman midfielder Brendan Homire broke out with the final three goals of the game to lead the way for BU.

This was a contest of runs, as Canisius scored six straight goals to take a 7-4 lead before the Terriers were able to score five in a row themselves, including the three from Homire. The final run was led by freshmen, as along with Homire, Tristian Ruh scored his first collegiate goal.

Once agin it was Sam Talkow setting the stage for a BU win, as he scored to tie the game 7-7 before Homire ripped off his three straight. Once again Talkow split duties with Elliott Burr on the faceoff dot, going an impressive 8-for-12 while Burr went 5-for-8.

Ryan Hillburn made his return after missing the entire season other than the first half of the first game against Providence. Hillburn scored the first goal of the game for BU that led to a 3-1 start, leading to the 4-1 lead to open the game.

Jack Wilson picked up a hat trick, along with Homire’s, to lead the way in scoring. Adam Schaal scored his second of the season as well to round out the scoring. Freshman James Burr was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season, and in his career, though he picked up an assist. Cal Dearth picked up three helpers as well in his second game back from injury.

Ryan McKee had four points for the Golden Griffins with two goals and two assists. Lewis Vaccaro also got on the scoreboard twice, while Vince Graviano had a goal and an assist.

Christian Carson-Banister stood tall in net once again for the Terriers, making ten saves. Canisius goalie Liam Ganzhorn made 13 saves in his start, starting over senior Jeff Wilson between the pipes.

BU had just 13 turnovers in the game, a vast improvement over the nearly 19 it has averaged per game. Head coach Ryan Polley has spoke often about limiting turnovers to under 15 a game, and the Terriers finally found that success. BU also succeeded in clearing the ball, going 15-for-16 overall, another weakness the team has had.

BU will return home on Saturday, March 12th as the team reopens conference play with a contest against the Colgate Red Raiders at Nickerson Field.

About the author

Marisa Ingemi

Marisa is a BU journalism student and an avid fan of baseball, hockey, and lacrosse. For BU News Service, she covers the BU men's and women's lacrosse teams and the men's hockey team, along with Major League Baseball. Marisa is also a sports correspondent for ESPN NH, and the founder of

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