April 19, 2011

Canisius Dominates Niagara in Rivalry Game

from press release

LEWISTON, N.Y. - The Canisius College women's lacrosse team earned a convincing 19-4 victory against its rival Niagara on Tuesday night. With the win, the Griffs finish 5-1 in MAAC regular-season games and improve to 11-4 overall, while the Purple Eagles drop to 2-11-1 and 1-5 against league foes.

Junior Megan Oosting led the Griffs with six points and five goals in the victory. With her six points, Oosting became the seventh player in the program's history to reach the 100-point plateau. The junior now has 104 points on 82 goals and 22 assists in 49 career games. Oosting also added five draw controls on the night, setting the program's single-season record. She now has 63 during the 2011 campaign, one more than the previous standard of 62.

Senior Taylor Gray added four goals in the win, while freshman Maria Kotas recorded a personal-best four points, registering her first collegiate hat trick and one assist. Sophomore Kate Gosson netted two scores, with seniors Brianne Laffey and Carly Quinn and juniors Rachel Brand, Theresa Walton and Kristy Wilensky rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with one tally each.

Senior Allison Daley anchored the defensive effort for Canisius with seven saves in net.

"Today was a great finish to our MAAC regular-season schedule," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "Even with some difficult playing conditions, I thought we played very good for most of the game. Allison Daley played strong in net and we are now looking forward to a day off tomorrow and preparing for a very good Albany team."

Canisius wasted no time grabbing the lead when Oosting scored just 30 seconds into the game with an unassisted strike. The junior added another goal for her 100th career point just 2:18 later and after Niagara scored its only goal of the first half, Canisius finished the stanza with five-straight tallies for the 7-1 intermission advantage.

The Griffs continued to dominate play in the second period, registering the first four goals of the frame to jump out to a 10-goal lead, 11-1. Niagara netted the next three scores to pull within seven, 11-4, but Canisius added the final eight goals of the night for the 19-4 final.

Canisius outshot Niagara by a 40-18 margin, including a 26-9 difference in the second half. The Griffs also held a slight advantage in the draw control battle, 13-12.

The Griffs are back in action on Thursday, hosting nationally-ranked Albany. Canisius and the No. 9 Great Danes are set to square off in the final game of the 2011 season at the Demske Sports Complex with first draw set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: The Griffs now own a 15-12 lead over Niagara in the Battle of the Bridge series ... The first school to 17 points wins the Canal Cup this season ... Canisius has won its last seven games against its rival after losing the first 10 games of the series ... The Griffs' 11 wins this season are one shy of the school record, set in 2006 ... Chelsea Martinez held the previous single-season draw controls record of 62, set in 2009 ... Freshman Taylor Smith registered her first collegiate point with an assist in the second half.

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