Canisius Can't Quite Close Gap vs. Binghamton

Canisius couldn't overcome an early deficit to Binghamton, losing to the Bearcats 11-9 on a frosty and windy afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex on Friday. The Griffs fall to 2-2 on the season, while Binghamton also reaches the 2-2 mark with a win.

"All the credit goes to Binghamton today as they were the better team," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We couldn't string good plays together. We followed a good hustle play with a mistake all game long. It is very hard to find a bright spot for us today and we need to get better moving forward."

Junior Morgan Leonard (Sykesville, Md.) and freshman Tori Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) led the Griffs with two goals on the afternoon with Leonard also chipping in a game-high four caused turnovers.

Senior Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) recorded a team-best three points on a goal and two assists, while seniors Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) and Theresa Walton (Syracuse, N.Y.), sophomore Maria Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) and freshman Meghan Cuddy (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) all added one tally.

The Bearcats opened the game strong, racing out to a 4-1 lead less than nine minutes into the contest. Binghamton netted its first goal two minutes into the game and then quickly added a second score 49 seconds later for a 2-0 lead it would not relinquish. Canisius was able to pull within one, 4-3, but another 4-1 run including two goals in the final 48 seconds of the half gave the Bearcats an 8-4 lead heading into the intermission.

Canisius struggled to crawl back into the game during the second half despite dominating possession. The Griffs netted only one goal in the first 21 minutes of the half as the Bearcats stretched their lead to six, 11-5. Canisius finally started to find the back of the net, tallying the final four goals of the game, but it was too late as Binghamton held on for the 11-9 victory.

The Griffs finished the game with a 33-23 advantage in shots in the game, including a 21-6 edge in the second half. Kimberly McGeever led the Bearcats with seven points, three goals and four assists in the win, while Kara Pafumi recorded 10 saves in net.

Canisius returns to action on Sunday, hosting nationally-ranked Vanderbilt. First draw between the Griffs and No. 7 Commodores is set for noon at the Demske Sports Complex.

Game Notes: Canisius shot just 27.2 percent on Friday after entering the game with a 51.1 shot percentage in its first three games ... The loss ends a six-game winning streak for Canisius in the series and marks the first loss in six games against the Bearcats at the Demske Sports Complex ... The Griffs now lead the all-time series, 7-2.


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