Canisius Takes MAAC Victory from Manhattan

Riverdale, N.Y. The Canisius College women's lacrosse team matched a school record with its fifth-straight victory, defeating host Manhattan on Sunday, 17-14. With the win, the Griffs wrap up the regular season with a 10-7 record, including a 5-1 mark in MAAC play.

"Due to the sloppy conditions, we did just enough to come out with a win today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We need to head home, regroup and clean up the smaller things with our game. We now turn our attention toward the MAAC championship, which is the team's ultimate goal".

Junior Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) led the Canisius attack with nine points and seven goals, setting career highs. Junior Taylor Gray (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) posted four points on a goal and three assists and senior Brett Poissant (Syracuse, N.Y.) added a hat trick.

Sophomore Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) netted two goals, while juniors Brianne Laffey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Jackie Loson (Newark, N.Y.) each posted two points on a goal and an assist. Senior Marissa Brown (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Lindsey Morgan (Lancaster, N.Y.) completed the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Junior Allison Daley (Peterborough, Ontario) and freshman Gina Molfetta (Carmel, N.Y.) split time in goal, combining to make 10 saves. Junior Alison Rusak (Orangeville, Ontario) picked up a career-best eight ground balls to lead the Canisius defense, while Poissant tallied a game-high four caused turnovers.

The Griffs opened the contest strong, scoring the first three goals and racing to a 7-2 lead. Quinn netted four of the team's seven goals to give Canisius the early advantage, while Poissant, Brown and Loson also added scores.

Manhattan (3-13, 1-5 MAAC) cut the Griffs' lead to three at 8-5 but the Canisius defense stepped up and held the Lady Jaspers scoreless for the final 18:21 of the first half while adding three goals. Gray scored her first goal of the day and Quinn finished the half with two goals as Canisius headed into intermission with an 11-5 lead. Quinn finished the first period with six goals, outscoring Manhattan by herself.

Canisius started the second half strong and eventually built an eight-goal lead, 17-9. Manhattan, however, netted the final five goals of the game, four of which came on free-position shots, for the 17-14 final.

The Griffs held a slight advantage in shots, 32-30, and won the ground ball battle, 32-22, while Manhattan earned 21 draw controls to 12 for Canisius.

Helen Kerrisk recorded four points on three goals and an assist to lead the Lady Jaspers. Julia DiBernardo recorded eight saves in the cage.

Canisius now advances to the MAAC Tournament, held next weekend on the campus of Marist. The second-seeded Griffs play third-seeded Marist in Friday's second semifinal.

Game Notes: The Griffs' five-game winning streak matches the school record set during the 2006 and 2008 seasons ... Canisius' 5-1 conference record is the second best in school history, just shy of the 6-1 mark in 2006 ... Quinn's previous career high was three goals ... Quinn's nine points and seven goals are both one shy of the school records ... Rusak now ranks second in school history 151 career ground balls ... Canisius has won four of the last five games in the series after losing the first eight meetings.

2010-04-25



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