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College Lacrosse: Canisius upends Albany as locals reunite on lacrosse field

Pictured from left, Ryan Feuerstein, Jonathan Domres and Joe Resetarits, all former Hamburg High School lacrosse players, met again on the college lacrosse field on Saturday, March 10. The three were members of the 2008 Hamburg lacrosse team that made the New York State semifinals. Playing for Albany are Resetarits, a senior attackman, and Feuerstein, a sophomore middie, while Domres is a senior middie for Canisius.
The first-ever meeting between in-state Division I lacrosse programs Canisius and Albany brought together a plethora of local Southtowns talent, much of it alumni from Hamburg and St. Francis high schools.

While the meeting brought together eight locals, it was senior Simon Giourmetakis that stole the show. He became the first Griff since 2008 to score eight points in one game in leading a strong second-half push for Canisius’ first victory of the 2012 season, 13-10, over host Albany on Saturday (March 10) afternoon at John Fallon Field. Giourmetakis set a career high with six goals, which included four during a game-deciding 9-3 second-half run for Canisius, which improved to 1-1, while Albany fell to 0-5.

Highlighting the performances of the locals was Albany senior Joe Resetarits, who continued his dominant play with a fifth straight hat trick. Resetarits, who earlier this year was drafted by Major League Lacrosse’s Hamilton Nationals, helped Albany open its biggest lead of the game at 4-2 during the first half.

Hamburg graduates also on the field were Albany teammate Ryan Feuerstein, a sophomore middie, and Canisius senior middie Jon Domres. All four played on the high school’s state semifinalist team from 2008. In the game, Feuerstein recorded three shots and one ground ball.

Other locals on the two rosters included, from Canisius, junior middie Joe Rautenstrauch, who recorded three ground balls, along with senior attackman Mike Albert, sophomore middie Jeremy Albert and freshman attackman Jake Giarrano of Hamburg, all of whom are St. Francis graduates. Also playing for Canisius is freshman goalie Alex Govenettio of Derby, a Lake Shore graduate.

In Saturday’s game, senior Jimmy Haney (three goals) and freshman Tim Edwards added four points for Canisius. Senior Sean Callahan anchored Canisius’ defense, recording 10 saves for the win in net. Aiding Albany were Lyle Thompson and Rocky Bonitatibus each with two goals and Miles Thompson adding three assists.

Canisius is looking to make a push toward the MAAC title with a group led by 15 seniors. The season before most of these players were just entering the program, Canisius was fresh off a 10-win season with the program’s first conference title and NCAA Championship bid. In the three years since, the Griffs have fallen short of repeating that success.

Among the seniors, Mike Albert is expected to add depth to the attack, while Domres is one of several returning midfielders who will be valuable two-way players at the position. Pushing Callahan in practice has been Govenettio, a 2011 High School All-American.

Canisius begins MAAC play with its home opener against Detroit on March 17.

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