Canisius Upends Fairfield to Claim MAAC Crown

Fairfield netted back-to-back tallies to pull within four, but Oosting finished off the victory with her team-leading 49th goal of the season with three minutes remaining as Canisius earned the program's first conference championship.

The Stags held the advantage in shots on the afternoon, 25-21, but could not figure out how to beat Daley. The Griffs did dominate possession thanks to a 16-7 edge in draw controls.

Melanie Raso led Fairfield with four points on the afternoon, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Goaltender Katie Keenan recorded five saves in the defeat.

Game Notes: Quinn and Oosting both reached the 60-point mark for the year, joining Gray as the first trio to each post 60 points in a single season ... The loss ended a five-game losing streak to Fairfield ... Canisius' last victory against Fairfield was at the 2006 MAAC Semifinals ... The Stags won the draw-control battle, 14-6, en route to a 12-8 victory during the regular season ... The Canisius Class of 2011 extended their school record to 41 victories during their careers ... The Griffs also extended their school record with their 14th win of the season.

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Fairfield saw its 2011 season come to a conclusion with a 13-8 defeat to second-seeded Canisius in the championship game of the MAAC tournament. The Stags end the year with a 13-5 record, the fourth consecutive season with at least that many victories. The Griffs, who advance to the NCAA Play-In Game versus the Atlantic-10 Conference champion, are 14-5 on the year.

Katie Mackay, Renee L'Heureux and Melanie Raso were selected to the All-MAAC Tournament Team for their efforts during the Stags two game appearance at the championship.

The Griffs jumped out to a 4-0 lead 11:30 into the game and held the Stags scoreless until Mackay put home a free position goal with 15:22 remaining in the first-half. Addie Reilly put home a pass from Brittany Bare at the 9:48 mark to get within a pair, 4-2, but the Griffs struck twice (8:45 & 6:44) to push their lead back to four, 6-2. Mackay again ended the Griffs run, with her second (4:19) and Raso scored a pass from Amanda Best (2:22) to make it 6-4, before Taylor Gray scored with nine seconds remaining in the first-half to give Canisius a 7-4 lead at the intermission.

Raso scored twice in the first 4:26 of the second-half to get Fairfield back within a goal, 7-6, but Canisius scored the next five goals to extend its lead back to 12-6. Mackay again ended the Stags scoring drought, with her third of the game, at the 11:58 mark and Bare followed three minutes later, but Fairfield would get no closer. Canisius tallied the final goal of the game with 3:00 remaining for the final five-goal margin.

Raso and Mackay both netted hat tricks on the day to lead the Stags offense, with Raso also adding an assist on the afternoon. Katie Keenan made five saves on the afternoon for Fairfield to take the loss in net.

Carly Quinn tallied four goals and handed out two assists to pace the Griffs offense. Gray finished the afternoon with a goal and four assists while Megan Oosting and Maria Kotas both scored three times apiece. Allison Daley stopped 13 shots in earning the win and earning MVP accolades.

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2011-05-01



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