No. 9 Albany Uses 6-0 Run to Defeat Canisius

A 6-0 run to end the first half proved to be the difference, and ninth-ranked Albany defeated Canisius on Thursday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex, 14-8. The Great Danes remain unbeaten on the season at 13-0, while the Griffs drop just their second game in the last 12 and fall to 11-5 on the year.

"Albany is a fantastic team," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We have some positives that we can take from this game, we just need to work on our draw controls. For us, the game was lost in the draw circle. We did do a good job late in the game of gaining possession and getting some good offensive looks and we are hoping to build on that down the stretch."

Junior Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) led the Griffs with four goals on the afternoon, while senior Taylor Gray (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) added three points on a pair of tallies and one assist. Senior Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Theresa Walton (Syracuse, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Senior Allison Daley (Peterborough, Ontario) anchored the defense on the afternoon, stopping 10 shots in goal.

Canisius jumped out to an early lead behind three goals by Oosting. The junior opened the scoring in the contest with two free-position goals 55 seconds apart to give the Griffs a 2-0 lead and added a third after Albany's first goal of the day. The teams then traded tallies before Albany registered three-straight scores for its first lead of the day, 5-4. Canisius answered back when Walton went from end-to-end and finished after the successful clear to knot the game at five.

The Great Danes then scored six-straight goals to finish the half and take an 11-5 lead into the intermission. Albany outshot the Griffs, 22-8, in the opening stanza and held a 12-5 advantage in draw controls.

During the second half, neither team was able to score two-consecutive goals as the six-goal margin of victory stood. Each squad netted three goals in the frame for the 14-8 final.

Albany controlled the possession during the game, winning 17 of 24 draw controls in the contest with Nikki Branchini winning 11 draws to lead the Great Danes. Albany outshot the Griffs, 30-19, and was led by Jodi Battaglia, who recorded seven points and five goals in the victory.

Canisius wraps up the regular season with a road contest against St. Bonaventure on Monday. First draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Game Notes: The loss ended Canisius' longest winning streak at the Demske Sports Complex of eight games ... The Griffs had not lost at home in more than a calendar year, last falling to Fairfield on April 9, 2010 ... In all 13 of Canisius' losses during the past two seasons, the Griffs have failed to score at least 10 goals ... Albany has won both games in the series ... Canisius is now 0-10 all-time against nationally-ranked schools ... The Great Danes are the second-highest ranked team to play at the Demske Sports Complex (No. 8 Notre Dame visited on March 10, 2007) ... Prior to the game, Canisius honored its six seniors Daley, Gray, Kaitlyn Black, Kathleen DiPasquale, Brianne Laffey and Jackie Loson who were playing in their final home game.


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