April 17, 2011

Canisius Dominates First Half, Cruises By Siena

from press release

The Canisius College women's lacrosse team dominated the first half of play against Siena en route to a 19-8 victory at the Demske Sports Complex on Sunday. With the win, the Griffs clinched the second seed for the 2011 MAAC Championship with a 4-1 league mark and 10-4 overall record, while the Saints drop to 7-7 overall and 2-3 against conference foes.
Sophomore Lindsey Morgan led the Canisius offense in the victory, setting career highs with seven points, five goals and two assists. The sophomore more than doubled her previous career in points, topping her previous personal best by four.

Junior Megan Oosting added five points and four goals, while setting a Canisius school record with nine draw controls as the Griffs dominated possession in the victory. Seniors Taylor Gray and Carly Quinn both registered four points on two goals and two assists, while senior Brianne Laffey, sophomore Kate Gosson and freshman Maria Kotas rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with two goals each.

Senior Allison Daley and sophomore Gina Molfetta split time in goal for Canisius, combining to make three saves on the day.

"After a sluggish start, we were able to find our rhythm and played our game all over the field," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "Megan Oosting was outstanding in the draw circle and it was also nice to see Lindsey Morgan step up as another scoring option for us. It was a great game today and it was especially nice for our younger players to gain some confidence and experience."

Oosting scored the first goal of the game with 21:47 remaining in the first half and the Griffs never looked back. Canisius added six more goals in the next 8:43 to jump out to an early 7-0 advantage. After a Siena goal, the Griffs added five more tallies for a 12-1 lead at the intermission.

Canisius dominated every statistic in the first half en route to the 11-goal lead. The Griffs outshot the Saints, 24-4, in the opening 30 minutes and won the draw control battle, 10-4. Canisius also forced 11 Siena turnovers and the Saints only converted 5-of-11 clearing opportunities.

The Griffs continued their strong play in the second half, adding seven goals for the 19-8 victory. For the game, Canisius outshot the Saints, 35-14, and held a 20-8 advantage in draw controls.

Katie Maguire and Caitlin Mikel led Siena with two goals in the defeat, while Kristin Concordia recorded four saves in net.

Canisius wraps up MAAC play on Tuesday, playing at rival Niagara. The Battle of the Bridge game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Game Notes

Canisius earned a berth in the MAAC Championship for the fourth-straight season for the first time in school history ... With the victory, the Griffs won their eighth-straight game at the Demske Sports Complex, breaking the record for most consecutive home victories ... The previous mark of seven was set from March 27, 2009 to March 28, 2010 ... Oosting entered the week ranked 13th nationally with 3.77 draw controls per game and is now three shy of the school single-season record ... Oosting also moved to within two points of becoming the seventh player in school history with 100 career points ... Canisius has won the last four meetings with Siena and now holds a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series.

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