We could read a bit into UB’s strengths and weaknesses this season, recap last weekend’s pair of results against Brown and Navy, and that might be useful.
But I think all we need to know, really, is that the Bulls haven’t allowed a goal to Canisius since 2010. Most recently, Buffalo in a 2-0 2015 win outshot the Golden Griffins 20-11, holding the hosts without even an attempt on goal for separate 20- and 30-minute stretches.
This year, UB has seemingly found its groove on a four-game undefeated stretch and with an offensive go-to in Carissima Cutrona. Canisius’ strength is perhaps up in the air. 2-3 with losses to Sacred Heart, Kent State, and Cleveland State — the latter two shutouts — the Golden Griffins are certainly below what Buffalo could do against that schedule, but have no particularly glaring weak spots on the resume.
The best direct comparison is Canisius’ most recent game, a 2-1 victory over St. Bonaventure where the Golden Griffins played the Bonnies much more even than the Bulls and only ceded the cleansheet, as Buffalo did, on a late miscue, for Canisius an own goal.
Freshman Gretta Dry both tops the Griffs’ scoring table and hits this game on a bit of a run, having scored and assisted on the other goal versus Bonaventure after earning her first the game before, while junior Maddie Good leads the team with three assists. Canisius boasts a balanced offense, with ten different players having taken three or more shots on the season. On the other hand, no one’s taken more than nine, while UB has four players in double digits.
Freshman keeper Alana Rossi has started all five games for Canisius, giving up 8 goals on 18 shots.
The home game for UB starts at 7:00 this evening. If you’re in the area, UB Stadium has plenty of room for you. If not, UB’s YouTube will have you covered.