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

Junior Allison Daley (Peterborough, Ontario), the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, led Canisius in the semifinal, recording 15 saves in the game for a 65.2 save percentage.

Sophomore Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) led the Griffs attack with four points and three goals, while junior Ashley Curtis (Peterborough, Ontario) added two scores. Juniors Taylor Gray (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Jackie Loson (Newark, N.Y.) also recorded two points on the evening. Gray scored a goal and added an assist, while Loson matched a career high with two assists. Senior Marissa Brown (Syracuse, N.Y.) wrapped up the scoring for Canisius with a goal.

Marist (9-7) controlled the opening minutes of the game, scoring two goals in the first 1:10, but it was all about the Canisius defense for the rest of the half. In addition, after struggling to find their offense in the early going, the Griffs scored the final five goals of the half to take a three-goal intermission lead.

Curtis opened the scoring for Canisius, netting a goal 17:58 into the contest. Oosting then knotted the game with 10:18 left off a pass from Loson. Just 70 seconds later Gray found Curtis to give Canisius its first lead of the day, 3-2. Oosting added her second goal of the night and the sophomore then found Brown for the 5-2 lead.

Daley recorded 11 saves in the first half to anchor the Canisius defense, which kept Marist off the scoreboard for the final 28:50 of the period.

Marist scored the first goal of the second half to end a 30:04 scoring drought but Canisius answered right back with two goals. Oosting and Gray both netted unassisted goals to stretch the Griffs lead to a game-high four with 20:58 remaining, 7-3.

The Red Foxes scored the next four goals in a 6:56 span to tie the game at seven. Two of Marist's four goals were scored from free-position shots, including Lindsay Rinefierd's game-tying goal with 13:25 left.

Marist gained possession of the ball with over nine minutes remaining in the game and stalled while holding for the final shot. Ariel Kramer found Shannon Haas, who scored off a quick trigger with 17 seconds remaining for the game-winning goal. Marist won the ensuing draw control and successfully killed the clock from there.

The Red Foxes controlled the game in the draw circle to rally for the victory, winning 14 of 17 restarts. Marist also held a slight edge in shots, 25-22, and ground balls, 22-21. Rinefierd led the Red Foxes with four points on two goals and two assists, while Ashley Casiano stopped seven shots in goal.

Game Notes: The Griffs had their school-record five-game winning streak snapped ... Canisius lost for the first time this season when holding a halftime lead ... The Griffs, who were 8-0 when leading at the intermission, last lost when leading at the half against Marist in the 2009 MAAC Semifinals ... The Griffs had their season end to Marist in the MAAC Semifinals for the third-straight season ... Canisius held the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Kelly Condon, without a point ... Canisius lost the draw control battle in its last three games by a combined total of 50-27.

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2010-04-30



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