1) Canisius' attack. The Golden Griffins are averaging less than nine goals per game, they start a trio of seniors on attack that can feast on opposing defenses. Simon Giourmetakis (34 goals and 13 assists), Jimmy Haney (26, 10) and Travis Gibbons (25, 9) have combined to account for 73.3 percent of the offense's goals, 42.7 percent of the assists, and 61.3 percent of the points. They certainly have the attention of Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey. "One thing they've got going for them is a terrific attack," Toomey marveled. "If their attack is able to get their hands free, they're going to finish the ball. So we've got to lock down their attackmen and make sure that we're taking care of their guys."
2) Canisius' Tim Edwards. The Golden Griffins aren't especially deep in the midfield, but that unit is headlined by freshman Tim Edwards, who has registered 13 goals and 18 assists. Edwards will likely be shadowed by junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, who leads Loyola in caused turnovers (32) and groundballs (68). "[H]e's going to have his hands full up top," Toomey said of Ratliff. Edwards "is the MAAC Rookie of the Year, and he's a very athletic young man that is very impressive. He dodges, he dodges with his head up, and he's a guy that does a lot for them. It's almost like he runs on the first midfield and the second midfield because they'll keep him out there with two different guys on each line."