March 25, 2011

Canisius Explodes for 18 Against UConn

from press release

- The Canisius College women's lacrosse team exploded for a season-high 18 goals in an 18-13 victory over Big East foe Connecticut on Friday afternoon. The win marked the fourth-straight for Canisius as the Griffs improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Huskies also drop to 5-3. Senior Taylor Gray set career highs with seven points and five goals to go along with two assists in the victory. With her seven points, Gray became the fifth player in the program's history to record her 100th career point. The senior now has 51 goals and 49 assists during her tenure with the Griffs.

Junior Megan Oosting matched her personal best with five goals in the victory, while senior Carly Quinn added eight points, netting four goals and registering four assists. Oosting also led the Griffs with seven ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls, setting career highs in both ground balls and caused turnovers to anchor the Canisius defense.

"It was great to see our team playing to their abilities and to their roles today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We had a team meeting this week where we redefined our roles and our big three shooters really stepped up for us today and capitalized on their opportunities. It was great to see Taylor recorded her 100th career point and have a career day with seven points. I also thought that Megan Oosting played really well. She was scoring early and forced Connecticut to make an adjustment to its defense. Megan responded by making contributions in other areas, which was huge for our game."

Sophomore Kate Gosson also matched career highs in the game with three points and two goals, while junior Theresa Walton rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a pair of tallies.

The Huskies started the game strong, jumping to a 6-2 lead. However, after a timeout by Canisius, the Griffs controlled the remainder of the opening period. Oosting sparked a rally with her third goal of the game and after Quinn brought the Griffs within two with 10:08 left in the half, Oosting scored just 12 seconds later. The junior's fourth goal in just the first 20 minutes of the contest forced the Huskies to face-guard her, opening up the offense for the rest of the team.

Gray and Quinn scored the next two goals for Canisius, extending the team's run to five-straight talies and giving the Griffs a 7-6 lead. Both teams added two goals during the remainder of the half as Canisius entered intermission with a 9-8 advantage.

Canisius netted the first goal of the second half but Connecticut responded with three-straight scores to grab an 11-10 lead with 19:15 left in the game. The teams then traded goals before Canisius went on a game-defining 6-0 run to earn the victory. Gray ignited the streak with 15 minutes remaining in regulation and was followed by Quinn and Gosson for a 14-12 lead. Gray then fed Quinn with 12:06 left in the game for a 15-12 lead and her 100th career point, while Walton finished the run with her first two goals of the game, giving Canisius a five-score advantage with 4:29 remaining in the game. Both teams added a goal late as Canisius secured the 18-13 victory.

The Griffs outshot the Huskies, 28-24, in the victory and held a 19-14 edge in draw controls. Lauren Kahn led Connecticut with four goals, while Brittney Testa stopped seven shots in the cage.

Senior Allison Daley and sophomore Gina Molfetta each saw time in goal for the Griffs. Molfetta recorded three saves on the afternoon to post her first victory of the 2011 season.

Canisius returns to action on Sunday, hosting Duquesne in a non-conference matchup. Game time at the Demske Sports Complex is set for 3 p.m.

Game Notes: The win was the first for Canisius against a Big East opponent. The Griffs entered the game with a 0-6 mark all-time against the conference, including a 0-2 record against Connecticut ... Canisius is now 14-0 during the last two seasons when scoring at least 10 goals ... Oosting now ranks eight in school history with 60 career goals, passing former Griffs Lauren Lukowski and Alana Chan in the record book ... The win was the second for Molfetta in her career.

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