Canisius Edged in Overtime by Fairfield

Fairfield gained the first possession of the overtime and scored 1:04 in for the go-ahead tally. The Griffs won the next draw control but quickly turned it over and the Stags held for the last shot of first overtime stanza, converting a free-position chance with five ticks remaining.

After switching sides, Canisius won the first draw control of the second overtime frame but another turnover gave the ball back to the Stags. Fairfield successfully kept the ball away from Canisius for the next two minutes before Oosting caused a turnover with 25 seconds remaining. The senior then netted her third goal of the game with just five seconds left from the 8-meter arc but Fairfield won the final draw control to seal the victory.

The teams were nearly even in every statistic during the 66-minute battle. Canisius held a slight advantage in shots, 24-22, and ground balls, 16-14, while the Stags had the edge in draw controls, 15-12.

Amanda Best led Fairfield with five points on three goals and two assists with Keenan recording six saves in the winning effort.

Freshman netminder Kayla Scully (Rodman, N.Y.) recorded five saves for the Griffs.

Canisius takes a break from MAAC action on Tuesday, playing at Colgate. First draw in Hamilton is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Game Notes: Saturday's game was a rematch of the 2011 MAAC Championship, which Canisius won, 13-8 ... The Griffs have not defeated Fairfield in the regular season since 2006 ... Canisius lost the draw-control battle for the second-straight game and for just the third time this season ... The Griffs are 1-5 this season in games decided by three or fewer goals ... It was Canisius' first overtime game since a 16-15 victory against Marist in 2010 ... The overtime loss was the first for the Griffs in the program's history. Canisius entered the game with a 4-0 all-time record in extra sessions.

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Fairfield University preserved its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season win streak with a 12-11 over host Canisius College Saturday morning in Buffalo, N.Y. The win improves the Stags to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Griffs fall to 5-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference action.

The Stags wasted little time in the extra period as Jamie Leone fed Chloe Mangan for the go-ahead goal 64 seconds into overtime. Fairfield struck moments before the switch of ends, as Amanda Best put home a free position shot for the 12-10 lead. Megan Oosting earned a free position chance with five seconds to play, and would score it, for the final margin.

Fairfield was led by the three goals of Best, who also had two assist, for a game-high five points. Kate McKinley scored twice for the Stags, as did Courtney Chmil, while Leone had three points on a goal and two assists. Melanie Raso finished the game with seven draw controls and a ground ball. Chmil had three draw controls and two ground balls, while Erinn Hogan had the team's only caused turnover.

Katie Keenan made six saves, three in each of the halves of regulation, to earn the win for Fairfield. Kayla Scully took the loss for Canisius, stopping five shots in her time in net.

Fairfield built a 10-6 lead, equaling the largest of the game, when Jenna Slowey put home a free position shot. It would be the Stags final goal of regulation Canisius mounted a furious rally. Maria Kotas started the Griffs rally with a free position chance at 13:56. Oosting cut the deficit to two, 10-78, 17 seconds later with an unassisted goal. Morgan Leonard scored at 11:58 to get Canisius within a goal and Carly Quinn netted the game-tying goal with 5:14 to play to force overtime.

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