March 27, 2011

Five Spot: Canisius Extends Winning Streak

from press release

The Canisius College women's lacrosse team matched its school record by winning its fifth-straight game, defeating Duquesne for the first time in the program's history on Sunday afternoon, 8-7. The Griffs now enter conference play with a 6-3 record, while the Dukes are also 6-3 this season.

"We played very hard for 60 minutes today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "It was a defensive battle and our defense played really well. Our offense controlled the tempo and then did a good job of finishing some tough looks. Duquesne is a tough team and this was two good wins for us this weekend heading into conference play."

Senior Allison Daley anchored the Griffs to a strong defensive showing in the game, recording a season-best 15 saves for a .682 save percentage. The senior was especially strong in the first half, stopping 11-of-14 shots on goal as Canisius was able build a lead.

On the offensive end, senior Taylor Gray and junior Megan Oosting each posted four points on the afternoon to lead the Griffs. Gray registered her third hat trick of the season to go along with one assist, while Oosting netted one goal and added a career-high three helpers.

Seniors Brianne Laffey and Carly Quinn, junior Theresa Walton and sophomore Kate Gosson rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

"Allison Daley was on her game today and led our young defense," Teeter said. "She made some key saves at big times for us. Overall, I thought our senior leadership was evident today and that was the difference in the game."

The Dukes came out firing to start the contest but Daley was strong right from the start to hold off the early attack. Duquesne held a 9-2 advantage in shots on goal after the first 15 minutes of play but the teams found the game tied at one thanks to Daley's effort in net.

The Griffs then started to get the offense going and took a 3-1 lead with back-to-back scores from Gray and Gosson. Duquesne fought back to tie the game at three but Oosting gave the Griffs the halftime lead with her 17th score of the season as the teams headed into intermission with Canisius up, 4-3.

Duquesne scored the first goal of the second stanza 2:35 into the period but would not add another goal for nearly 20 minutes as Canisius built a 7-4 advantage. Walton gave the Griffs the lead for good, netting a free-position goal with 24 minutes left in the game. The teams then played 18-scoreless minutes before Laffey and Quinn each tallied a goal for the three-score lead with just under five minutes remaining in regulation.

The Dukes ended their drought and scored two goals to pull within 7-6 with two minutes left. The Griffs, however, would win the ensuing draw control and then extended their lead when Gray completed her hat trick with 1:13 remaining. Duquesne was once again able to pull within one, scoring with 25 ticks left in the contest, but Oosting won the draw control and the Griffs were able to run out the clock for the win.

The Griffs dominated the draw circle in the victory, winning 13-of-17 restarts. Oosting and Walton both registered four draw controls to lead Canisius' effort.

Duquesne outshot the Griffs, 25-19, in the defeat. Meredith Dunn and Katie Rekart led the team with three goals, while Liz Walker recorded six saves in the cage.

Canisius now looks to extend its winning streak next weekend when it opens MAAC play. The Griffs host Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex on Friday with first draw scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: Canisius also won five-straight games during the 2006, 2008 and 2010 seasons ... The Griffs are now 1-6 all-time against Duquesne ... The win was only the second for Canisius in the last two seasons when failing to score 10 goals. The Griffs are now 2-11 when netting nine or fewer scores ... Canisius has started 3-0 at the Demske Sports Complex for the second-straight season ... Gray became the third player in the program's history with 50 career assists.

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