March 27, 2009

Canisius Wins MAAC Opener Over Siena

from press release

BUFFALO - The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team won its conference opener on Friday night, using a strong second half to defeat Siena, 11-8. The Griffs improve to 5-6 on the season, while the Saints fall to 6-3 and 0-2 in MAAC play.

Junior Brett Poissant scored a career-best four goals to lead the Canisius attack. Senior Shannon Callahan and junior Marissa Brown chipped in two goals each, while senior Chelsea Martinez plus sophomores Taylor Gray and Ashley Curtis rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with a goal apiece.

Sophomore Allison Daley anchored the Canisius defense with 11 saves. Brown led the Griffs with four caused turnovers, while Martinez matched a personal best with six draw controls.

“On a positive note, we responded from a bad first half,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “I thought we worked hard but we made too many mistakes. We played much better in the second half and it was great to see two upperclassmen in Shannon Callahan and Brett Poissant contribute and help lead our team to victory. Allison Daley was also terrific in net for us tonight. When we execute our game plan, we’re a tough team to beat,”

The two schools battled in a first half that saw neither team gain more than a one-goal advantage. Siena’s Deirdre McQuillan scored with 21 seconds remaining in the opening stanza to give the Saints a 5-4 halftime lead.

Canisius came out strong in the second half and quickly claimed the lead for good. Poissant scored her third goal of the night 1:13 into the period and Brown notched her first goal of the night 89 seconds later. Callahan completed the run with her first goal at the 3:32 mark to give the Griffs a 7-5 advantage.

After Siena cut the Griffs lead to one, Canisius responded with three goals in 1:38 span to grab a four-goal advantage. Martinez sparked the run with her team-leading 29th goal of the season followed by Gray and Poissant to give the Griffs a 10-6 lead. Canisius would then hold on for the 11-8 victory.

Siena held a slight advantage in shots, 23-21, but the Griffs were able to take advantage of strong play in the draw control circle. Canisius won 13-of-21 draw controls, including a 10-1 edge in the second half.

McQuillan and Lindsey Rosecrans led the Saints with two goals apiece, while Kristin Concordia recorded eight saves in net.

Canisius is back in action on Sunday, playing at No. 16 Ohio State. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Poissant’s previous career was three goals, scored against Robert Morris during the 2007 season ... Callahan also tied her career with two goals ... Canisius has won the draw control battle in 11-of-13 games this season ... Canisius has won four of its last five conference openers ... Siena now leads the all-time series, 6-5.

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