March 3, 2012

Ten-Goal Runs Canisius Over Monmouth

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Canisius College women's lacrosse team used a 10-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and the start of the second half to earn a 19-11 victory against host Monmouth on Saturday. The Griffs are now 2-0 on the season, while the Hawks drop to 1-4.

"We got out to decent start but then played sloppy for the next 20 minutes," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We really took control of the game at the end of the first half but we need to learn to play for a full 60 minutes. Our captains - Megan Oosting, Carly Quinn and Lindsey Morgan - played really well and helped us take control of the game."

Senior Carly Quinn led the Griffs with eight points, five goals and three assists in the victory with senior Megan Oosting and junior Lindsey Morgan each netting four goals. With her four tallies, Oosting raised her career total to 101 and became the fourth player in the program's history to reach the 100-goal mark.

Senior Kristy Wilensky matched a career high with three tallies, while freshman Whitley Perry recorded three points, two goals and one assist. Freshman Tori Quinn rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal, while sophomore Maria Kotas and freshmen Meghan Cuddy and Natalie Wagaman each added an assist.

Junior Gina Molfetta  recorded five saves to earn the victory in net, while freshman Kayla Scully saw her first collegiate action and stopped one shot in 1:51 of relief.

After gaining an early 3-1 lead, the Griffs' offense went cold for the next 20 minutes as the Hawks outscored Canisius 6-1 during the span. Canisius managed only four shots during the streak, while committing seven turnovers as Monmouth held a 7-4 advantage with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

The momentum then swung back toward Canisius as the Griffs netted three goals in the final 111 seconds to send the game tied into intermission. Perry sparked the run with her first collegiate goal with 1:51 remaining in the opening period. Morgan and Oosting then both added tallies, the last coming with 18 ticks left on the clock, as Canisius rallied for a 7-7 contest at halftime.

Canisius picked up in the second half right where it left off in the first, netting the first seven goals of the period to take control of the game. Oosting tallied the go-ahead score just 32 seconds into the half with Quinn, Wilensky and Morgan also scoring in just over the first five minutes of the second for an 11-7 advantage. Quinn, Morgan and Perry finished the run as Canisius claimed a 14-7 lead with 20:11 remaining in the contest.

The Hawks finally put an end to the 10-0 run with a free-position goal with 18:32 left in the second period, the team's first goal in 17 minutes and two seconds. Monmouth added a second goal to pull within five, 14-9, but Wilensky sealed the victory for the Griffs with two-straight goals and a seven-score advantage. Canisius finished the game on a 3-2 run to earn their second-straight win to start the 2012 campaign and the 19-11 victory.

The Griffs finished the game with a 32-28 advantage in shots and a convincing 23-9 edge in draw controls. Canisius won 10-of-11 draws during its 10-0 run in the first and second halves with Oosting collecting a game-high seven draw controls.

Canisius looks for the best start in the program's history on Wednesday, playing at Duquesne. First draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Game Notes: Canisius is 2-0 to start the season for the second time in the program's history and for the first time since 2002 ... The Griffs have never started the season 3-0 ... The schools were meeting for the first time ... Oosting also moved to within two draw controls of the program's career record ... Her 140 career draws are just two shy of Brett Poissant's mark of 142 from 2007 to 2010 ... With her eight points, Carly Quinn moved into fifth on the program's career points list ... Quinn now has 136 career points and passed Chelsea Martinez, who recorded 130 points from 2006 to 2009 ... The goal for Tori Quinn was the first of her collegiate career, while Wagaman posted her first career point with her assist ... Wilensky's hat trick was the second of her career (at Longwood - Feb. 13, 2010).

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