Canisius Edged in Overtime by Fairfield

Canisius nearly rallied from a four-goal second-half deficit but Fairfield held on in the end, earning a 12-11 overtime victory in a match-up up the last two remaining unbeatens in MAAC play. The Griffs drop to 5-6 overall and 2-1 against conference foes, while the Stags improve to 8-3 and 3-0 in MAAC action.

"It was a fantastic lacrosse game today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "It was a match-up of two even teams and I thought we slipped up a little in the beginning of the second half and lost the game then, coming out of the break a little flat-footed. It was great to see us battle back and have a chance to win right at the end but their goalie made a great save. We look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the MAAC Tournament and another great game."

Senior Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario) led the Griffs with four points, netting three goals to go along with one assist. Senior Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) also tallied a hat trick with sophomore Maria Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y.) adding three points, two goals and one assist.

Junior Morgan Leonard (Sykesville, Md.) scored two goals, while also leading the Griffs with three caused turnovers and three ground balls on the defensive end. Junior Lindsey Morgan (Lancaster, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal.

The Stags netted the first two goals of the game in just 2:55 to grab the early advantage but Canisius responded with three-straight tallies to take its first lead of the day. Quinn and Leonard scored to tie the game and Oosting then netted a free-position goal for the 3-2 advantage with 15:36 remaining in the opening half.

Fairfield answered back and scored three of the game's next four goals to take a 5-4 lead with just under seven minutes left in the half. Quinn, however, netted her second goal of the game with just six seconds remaining to send the contest into the intermission squared at five.

The Stags came out of halftime the much stronger team, quickly racing to a 9-5 lead. Fairfield won the first four draw controls of the period and scored on its first four shots of the half before Canisius could have settled possession in the Stags zone. The Stags' fourth tally of the half with 22:40 remaining forced a Canisius timeout in hopes of changing the momentum.

Canisius won the ensuing draw control and Kotas finished the opportunity for the Griffs. However, Fairfield answered back to reclaim its four-goal lead, 10-6, with 17:53 remaining in the period. The Griffs were then whistled for a yellow card, giving the Stags a man-up advantage. Leonard turned the momentum back toward Canisius with a crucial man-down caused turnover and setting up the Griffs' late rally.

Kotas netted her second goal of the game for the 10-7 score with 13:56 remaining and Oosting won the ensuing draw control, raced down the field and finished just 17 seconds later to pull Canisius within two, 10-8. The Griffs again won the next draw control and Leonard buried a tough-angle shot with 11:58 left for the 10-9 score. Quinn then completed the Canisius comeback with her third goal of the game, knotting the contest at 10 with 5:14 left in regulation.

The Stags won the ensuing draw control but freshman defender Casey Depauw (Canandaigua, N.Y.) forced a Fairfield miscue, giving Canisius possession with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. The Griffs held the ball until just under a minute left and was awarded with a free-position chance with 35 ticks remaining. However, Morgan's low shot was saved by Fairfield's Katie Keenan to send the contest into the extra session tied at 10.

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2012-04-07



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