April 7, 2012

Fairfield Still Streaking After Beating Canisius in OT

from press release

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team preserved its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season win streak with a 12-11 over host Canisius College Saturday morning in Buffalo, N.Y.  The win improves the Stags to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Griffs fall to 5-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference action.

The Stags wasted little time in the extra period as Jamie Leone fed Chloe Mangan for the go-ahead goal 64 seconds into overtime.  Fairfield struck moments before the switch of ends, as Amanda Best put home a free position shot for the 12-10 lead.  Megan Oosting earned a free position chance with five seconds to play, and would score it, for the final margin.

Fairfield was led by the three goals of Best, who also had two assist, for a game-high five points.  Kate McKinley scored twice for the Stags, as did Courtney Chmil, while Leone had three points on a goal and two assists. Melanie Raso finished the game with seven draw controls and a ground ball.  Chmil had three draw controls and two ground balls, while Erinn Hogan had the team's only caused turnover.

Katie Keenan made six saves, three in each of the halves of regulation, to earn the win for Fairfield.  Kayla Scully took the loss for Canisius, stopping five shots in her time in net.

Fairfield built a 10-6 lead, equaling the largest of the game, when Jenna Slowey put home a free position shot. It would be the Stags final goal of regulation Canisius mounted a furious rally.  Maria Kotas started the Griffs rally with a free position chance at 13:56.  Oosting cut the deficit to two, 10-78, 17 seconds later with an unassisted goal.  Morgan Leonard scored at 11:58 to get Canisius within a goal and Carly Quinn netted the game-tying goal with 5:14 to play to force overtime.

The Griffs were led by hat tricks from Carly Quinn and Megan Oosting, with Quinn adding an assist for a team-high four points.  Leonard had two goals and a team-best three ground balls, while Oosting had three draw controls to lead the Griffs.

Fairfield finished the game with a 15-12 advantage in draw controls, and were whistled for fewer fouls, 20-14.  The Griffs outshot Fairfield, 24-22, had a 16-14 edge in ground balls and had fewer turnovers, 16-12.

The Stags have now won 27 consecutive MAAC regular season games, and are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the MAAC.

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