April 3, 2011

Canisius Wins School-Record Seventh Straight

from press release

The Canisius College women's lacrosse team defeated Iona on Sunday, 13-8, extending its winning streak to a school-record seven games. The Griffs are now 8-3 on the season and 2-0 in MAAC play, while the Gaels suffer their first conference loss, dropping to 2-1 against MAAC foes and 4-8 overall.

"We had another great start to the game and that was the difference today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We lost our composure and a little focus in the second half but we did a nice job of responding at the very end and running out the final five minutes. We need to keep moving forward from here to reach our goals as we have two tough conference games next weekend."

Sophomore Kate Gosson led the Canisius attack with a personal-best four goals in the victory. Senior Carly Quinn paced the Griffs offense with a game-high five points, scoring one goal and registering four assists.

Junior Megan Oosting added four points and three goals on the offensive end, while also posting a game-high six draw controls. Sophomore Lindsey Morgan netted two goals, while senior Brianne Laffey and juniors Rachel Brand and Theresa Walton each added one score.

Senior Allison Daley and sophomore Gina Molfetta both saw time in goal for the Griffs, combining to make eight saves in the victory.

Canisius jumped out to the early advantage in the game and never looked back. Laffey opened the scoring 3:13 into the contest and Gray quickly followed with a free-position goal just 32 seconds later to give the Griffs the early 2-0 lead.

Iona answered with a goal but would not add another tally for more than 23 minutes as Canisius built a 6-1 lead. Oosting sparked the run and was followed by two Gosson scores and one from Gray as the Griffs claimed the five-goal lead. The Gaels ended their drought with 1:48 left in the half but Oosting and Quinn each scored a goal in the final 26 seconds of the first as the teams headed into the intermission with Canisius leading, 8-2.

The Griffs picked up in the second stanza right where they left off in the first. Canisius scored five of the first six goals in the second half as it extended its lead to 10 at 13-3 with 11:21 remaining in the game. Iona attempted a rally and was able to pull within five with 4:39 left in the contest but the Griffs forced a late turnover and was able to run the clock out from there.

Canisius outshot the Gaels, 31-22, in the victory, while each team collected 11 draw controls. Kylie Gregory led Iona with four goals in the loss, with Maria Ortiz recording six saves in net.

The Griffs return to action next Friday with a road game at defending conference champion Marist. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Game Notes: The Griffs also matched their longest winning streak at the Demske Sports Complex, winning their seventh-straight home game ... Canisius is now 5-0 at home for the first time in school history ... Gosson's previous career high was two, netting a pair of goals on two occasions ... Quinn, who recorded 14 points in two games during the weekend, is now three points shy of becoming the sixth player in school history with 100 career points ... Canisius has won all seven games against Iona.

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