March 7, 2012

Duquesne Wins Shootout Against Canisius

from press release

The Canisius College women's lacrosse team lost the highest-scoring game in the program's history on Wednesday afternoon, falling to host Duquesne, 17-16. The Griffs just missed their first 3-0 start in school history and are now 2-1 in 2012, while the Dukes improve to 3-2 with the victory.

"It was a great lacrosse game and there are a lot of positives to take out of this," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "It was a game of runs that came down to the last play and unfortunately, we came out on the losing end today. What we take out of this game was that we were able to make a lot of adjustments during the game after some early struggles and those changes got us back into it. I thought Lindsey Morgan played really well and showed what she can be capable of this season. She took a lead role in the second half and was really able to create on drives to get us back into the game."

Junior Lindsey Morgan matched career highs in the defeat with seven points and five goals. Senior Megan Oosting added four tallies and led the Griffs with five draw controls on the afternoon. With her five draws, the senior set the program's career record. She now has 145 career draw controls, surpassing the record of 142 held by Brett Poissant (2007-10).

Senior Carly Quinn and freshmen Whitley Perry and Tori Quinn each netted two goals for the Griffs, while sophomore Maria Kotas rounded out the scoring for Canisius with one tally.

Tori Quinn and junior Morgan Leonard anchored the Canisius defense with a game-high three caused turnovers apiece to go along with three draw controls.

The teams battled through a closely-contest game throughout with neither team able to gain more than a two-goal lead in the first half. With Canisius holding a 5-4 advantage, Duquesne finished the opening period on a 5-2 run to head into the intermission with a 9-7 lead.

The Dukes added the first two goals of the second half to take their largest lead of the game, 11-7, but Morgan sparked a rally for the Griffs. Canisius answered Duquesne's lead with a 5-1 run in just over 10 minutes to knot the game at 12 with 16:50 remaining in the contest.

Duquesne responded with a run of its own, scoring three goals for a 15-12 advantage with 9:14 left in regulation. Oosting, however, led another Canisius comeback. The senior captain scored three goals in a 4-0 Griff run to give Canisius its first lead since its 5-4 advantage in the first half. Oosting's fourth goal of the game came on a free position with 6:24 left in the game, giving the Griffs a 16-15 edge.

Canisius, however, was unable to sustain its strong play. The Griffs won each of the ensuing three draw controls after taking the lead but five turnovers (and zero shots) allowed Duquesne to gain possession and the Dukes were able to take advantage. Caitlin Prince scored with 4:59 remaining to tie the game at 16 and Morgan Matz netted her fifth goal of the game with 3:43 left for the 17-16 lead. The Griffs had one final chance to tie the game but a Canisius turnover in the closing seconds secured the victory for Duquesne.

The Griffs finished the game with a 31-26 advantage in shots and 19-15 edge in draw controls. Liz Walker recorded 11 saves in the winning effort for the Dukes, while junior Gina Molfettarecorded four saves for the Griffs.

Canisius returns to action on Friday, hosting Binghamton at the Demske Sports Complex. First draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Game Notes: The Griffs also played a game with 33 total goals during the 2007 season, defeating Iona, 18-15 ... The previous high in goals for the Griffs in a loss was a 15-14 setback to Marist in 2008 ... Canisius started the season 2-0 for just the second time in school history (also started 2-0 in 2002 before losing its third game) ... Canisius was attempting to win its second-straight game against Duquesne after losing the first six games in the series ... Morgan also recorded seven points and five goals in a win against Siena last season.

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