February 22, 2011

Denkler, Kirk Lead Vandy Over Canisius

from press release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Five goals from senior Katherine Denkler and six points by junior Courtney Kirk led the 11th-ranked Commodore lacrosse team to a 16-5 victory over Canisius Tuesday at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex.

After Denkler scored the game's first goal in the fourth minute, Canisius' Carly Quinn tied the game up at 1-1. The Commodores then used 10 straight goals to open up an 11-1 lead late in the first half.

Denkler scored four times in the game's first 17 minutes and would pace the Commodores in goals for the second time this season. Eight Commodores tallied goals on the day, including two each from senior Emily Franke, Kirk and fellow junior Ally Carey, and freshman Katie Mastropieri.

Vanderbilt's goalkeepers combined to save seven of the 12 shots they faced on the day. Canisius' Allison Daley made 11 stops against 27 VU shots on goal.

The Commodores' success again started in the center circle, as Vanderbilt held a 16-7 advantage in draw controls led by three apiece from Carey and sophomore Carly Linthicum.

Vanderbilt remains at home for a key American Lacrosse Conference matchup this Sunday, Feb. 27, welcoming second-ranked Northwestern to VU Lacrosse Complex for a 12 Noon CT game. The Commodores will then play host to Cincinnati on Wednesday, March 2.

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