Oosting Scores Seven to Lead Griffins by Saints

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Megan Oosting proved to be too much to contain for the Saints Wednesday afternoon in Siena's home conference opener. Oosting scored seven goals as defending MAAC champion Canisius defeated the Saints, 16-11.

Canisius (5-5, 2-0) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead midway through the first half, but from then on the Saints (2-9, 0-2) played the Preseason MAAC favorites evenly.

Trailing 10-6 at the half and 11-6 early in the second half, the Saints slowly chipped away at the deficit. Siena scored four of the next five goals to pull within 12-10 with 17:44 remaining.

Katie Maguire scored three of the four goals during on what was a career afternoon for the junior. Maguire, who has scored all 19 of her goals over the past eight games, posted career-highs of four goals and seven draw controls.

But the two-goal deficit was as close as the Saints would get as Canisius responded with the next three scores to put the game away. Oosting scored the next two goals for the Golden Griffins including the game-winner. She added three groundballs and won three draw controls.

Canisius out-shot the Saints 27-22 and held a 22-9 edge in groundballs. However the Saints, thanks in large part to Maguire, held a decided 17-11 edge in draw controls. Canisius entered the game ranking eighth nationally in draw controls.

Michelle Andreo added a hat trick, while Deirdre McQuillan and Shannon Pfohl each scored twice to round out Siena's scoring.

Lindsey Morgan, Tori Quinn and Theresa Walton all scored twice for Canisius, while Carly Quinn added four assists.

The Saints return to action Saturday, when they host Manhattan at Siena Turf Field at 1:00 p.m.

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Behind a career day from senior midfielder Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario), Canisius remained perfect in MAAC play with a 16-11 win at Siena on Wednesday afternoon. The Griffs are now 2-0 in league play and even their overall record at 5-5, while the Saints drop to 2-9 and 0-2 against MAAC foes.

“A win is a win but we didn't play our best today,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “Siena outworked us in certain areas. We need to play with more discipline defensively and take care of the ball. What saved us today was that we shot the ball pretty well. We need to play better and more of a complete game on Saturday against Fairfield if we hope to win.”

Oosting enjoyed a career day on the offensive end to lead the Griffs to the victory. The senior midfielder netted a personal-high seven goals (on just nine shot attempts). Oosting also added three draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover in the win.

Senior Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) paced the Canisius offense with a game-high four assists. Senior Theresa Walton (Syracuse, N.Y.), junior Lindsey Morgan (Lancaster, N.Y.) and freshman Tori Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) all netted two goals for the Griffs, with senior Kristy Wilensky (Syracuse, N.Y.), junior Morgan Leonard (Sykesville, Md.) and sophomore Maria Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) rounding out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Freshman Kayla Scully (Rodman, N.Y.) recorded six saves in net, while Leonard, Morgan and sophomore Gabby Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) anchored the Canisius defense with three caused turnovers each.

Canisius got out to a strong start in the contest, netting six of the game's first seven goals. Walton gave the Griffs the lead for good with the first tally of the game 21 seconds in before Tori Quinn followed at the 23:46 mark. After Siena got on the scoreboard, the Griffs netted the next four goals with two by Oosting and one each of Leonard and Tori Quinn for a commanding 6-1 lead halfway through the first.

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2012-04-04



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