Division 1 Sports

Division I Intercollegiate Athletics

Canisius College sponsors 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams, which compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), while the hockey program is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Canisius’ men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross country/track, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and swimming and diving. The female varsity sports include basketball, cross country/track, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving and volleyball.

The athletic department is located in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Koessler Center gym is home to the men’s and women’s basketball programs and the school’s volleyball team, while the Koessler Athletic Center pool houses the school’s swimming and diving programs. The Demske Sports Complex, located adjacent to the Koessler Athletic Center, serves as the home venue for the Canisius men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball teams.

The hockey program plays its home games in HARBORCENTER, a state-of-the-art facility located in downtown Buffalo, which also serves as a practice facility for the Buffalo Sabres, while the rowing team hosts regattas at the West Side Rowing Club.

Overall, the Golden Griffins have claimed 29 conference championships as of 2016 – 12 softball championships, five women’s cross country and women’s lacrosse titles, two from baseball and men’s lacrosse and one championship each from men’s basketball, women’s basketball and hockey.

Our Mission Statement

Consistent with the Jesuit philosophy of education and the mission of the College, the Canisius College intercollegiate athletics program strives for excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and service to others with embracing the principles of good sportsmanship, ethical conduct and equity in opportunity.

For more information on Division I athletics at Canisius College, visit the school’s official athletic department website at GoGriffs.com, or follow the Griffs on Twitter @GoGriffs.