Marist Scores at 0:17 to Edge Canisius in MAAC Semifinals

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Marist came back from a 7-3 deficit with 20:58 to go to win 8-7 over the Canisius Golden Griffins on Friday night at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals. Sophomore attack Shannon Haas (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining in the game.

Senior midfield Lindsay Rinefierd (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with four points on two goals and two assists. Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) also had two goals, with an assist on the game-winner. Marist also got a pair of goals from Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.).

Marist (9-7) scored 28 seconds into the game as Rinefierd assisted on a Procaccini's first goal of the game. Rinefierd then scored with 28:50 to go in the first half to put the Red Foxes up 2-0 early. Canisius (10-8) got on the board with 12:02 to go on an Ashley Curtis goal. Megan Oosting then tied the game at 2-2 with her goal at the 10:18 mark.

Curtis and Oosting would score back-to-back again to put the Golden Griffins ahead 4-2 with 7:26 to go in the half. Canisius added one more goal before halftime as Marissa Brown scored with 1:35 left in the first off an Oosting assist to give the Golden Griffins a 5-2 halftime lead. Each team had 13 shots in the first half, but Canisius goalie Allison Daley made 11 saves in the half to keep Marist at two goals.

The Red Foxes got back within two 1:14 into the second half on Procaccini's second goal of the game. Canisius then scored back-to-back goals, as Oosting and Taylor Gray put the Golden Griffins ahead 7-3 with 20:58 to go.

That is when Marist started its comeback. Erin Wilson (Ada, Mich.) scored on a free-position shot with 20:21 remaining to make the score 7-4. Kramer then scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to one, 7-6, with 17:51 to go in the game. With 13:25 remaining, Rinefierd scored her second goal on a free-position shot to tie the game at 7-7.

Canisius had two opportunities to take the lead, but shots by Curtis and Oosting were saved by Marist goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.). Marist then cleared the ball into the offensive third and held the ball for over eight minutes. With under 30 seconds to go, Kramer attacked the cage and fed Haas for the eventual game-winner with 17 seconds left. Marist then won the draw control to ensure victory.

Marist outshot Canisius 25-22 for the game, and held a 22-21 edge in ground balls. The Red Foxes also won 14 of 17 draw controls. Daley made 15 saves for the Golden Griffins with Casiano making seven for Marist. Oosting led all scorers with three goals.

The Red Foxes now advance to Sunday's championship game, when they will take on top-seeded Fairfield at 1:00 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.

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Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Marist scored the final five goals of the contest, including the game-winning score with 17 seconds left, and kept the Canisius College women's lacrosse team off the scoreboard for the final 20:58 to earn an 8-7 victory in the MAAC Semifinals. The second-seeded Griffs end their season with a 10-8 record, while the third-seeded Red Foxes advance to play No. 1 Fairfield in Sunday's championship game.

"We didn't score in the last 21 minutes and without winning draw controls, it seemed like we never had the ball," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "The girls left it on the field today and played their hearts out for a full 60 minutes. Allison Daley played tremendous in net and kept us in the game. They just executed one more play then we did and that is all that it takes."

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