April 8, 2011

Canisius Sets Mark with 8th Straight Win

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Canisius College women's lacrosse team continued its winning ways on Friday night, earning its first victory at defending conference champion Marist, 15-8, to extend the longest winning streak in the program's history. The Griffs have now won a school-record eight-straight games to improve to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in MAAC play, while the Red Foxes fall to 3-8 on the season and 0-2 against league competition.

In addition, with the victory, Canisius' senior class became the winningest class in the program's history. The eight Golden Griffin seniors have now totaled 36 victories during their careers, one more than the previous standard held by the Class of 2008.

"Today just shows what this senior class means to our program by setting his record," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We had a huge statement win for our program and the leadership displayed by our seniors was big for us. I think we played extremely hard for a full 60 minutes and it was a real gutsy effort by our defensive group."

Senior Taylor Gray led the Griffs with six points on four goals and two assists in the victory. Junior Megan Oosting added four goals to lead the Canisius attack, while senior Carly Quinn chipped in three goals. With her three tallies, Quinn became the sixth player in the program's history to record her 100th career point.

Senior Brianne Laffey, junior Theresa Walton and sophomores Kate Gosson and Lindsey Morgan rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal apiece.

Senior Allison Daley anchored the Canisius defense with eight saves in goal.

The Red Foxes struck first in the contest, scoring just over four minutes into the game. Marist's lead, however, would be short lived as Canisius answered back just 22 seconds later with a free-position goal from Oosting. Quinn then scored a free-position goal of her own 21 ticks later to give the Griffs their first lead of the night, 2-1.

Marist answered back with two-straight goals for a 3-2 advantage but once again, Canisius quickly responded. Quinn scored her second goal of the night off a feed from Gray just 42 seconds after the Red Foxes claimed the lead to knot the game at three. Oosting then gave the Griffs the lead for good, netting her second tally of the night with 14:31 remaining in the first half. Gray scored the only other goal of the period as the teams headed into intermission with Canisius leading, 5-3.

In the second half, the teams traded a goal before the Griffs ran off three-straight scores to take a 9-4 lead. Marist netted three-consecutive tallies of its own to pull within two, 9-7, but Canisius responded by finishing the game on a 6-1 run to earn the victory. Gray paced the Canisius attack during the streak, scoring three goals, as Canisius earned its school-record eighth-straight win.

The Griffs outshot Marist, 30-21, in contest and committed only six turnovers to 13 by the Red Foxes. Jamie Ramano led Marist with six points and five goals on the night, while Ashley Casiano recorded nine saves in goal.

Canisius looks to extend its winning ways on Sunday, playing at three-time defending MAAC regular-season champion Fairfield. First draw is scheduled for noon.

Game Notes: The Griffs' previous longest winning streak was five games, set on three occasions ... Canisius is now 3-14 all-time against the Red Foxes and earned its first victory in eight tries at Marist ... The seven-goal margin of victory is the most for the Griffs against Marist ... Quinn now has 63 goals and 37 assists during her career ... She joins Gray in the 100-point club, who recorded her 100th career point earlier in the season ... Oosting moved to fifth in the school's record book with 70 career goals and is also just 10 points shy of becoming the seventh player in the program's history to record her 100th career point.

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