Canisius Upends Fairfield to Capture the MAAC Title

The Stags netted four of the game's final five goals but it was too little, too late as Canisius earned its second-straight championship over Fairfield, 15-11.

Canisius finished the game with a 28-22 advantage in shots and a 17-11 edge in draw controls. Courtney Chmil led the Stags with three goals, while Katie Keenan recorded nine saves in the losing effort.

The Griffs now advance to the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game against the Minutewomen next Sunday. Massachusetts defeated Richmond on Sunday in the Atlantic 10 Championship, 14-9.

Game Notes: Canisius defeated Fairfield, 13-8, last season to win the program's first conference title ... Kotas and Oosting are repeat selections on the MAAC All-Tournament Team ... Oosting passed the former single-season record of 53 goals, set by Whitney Card in 2006 and Chelsea Martinez in 2009 ... Oosting matcher her own postseason record with seven draw controls, set against Fairfield in the championship game last season ... Quinn raised her single-season points record to 75 ... Quinn also broke a tie for most assists in a single season. Her 45 helpers are three more than the previous standard, set by Walsh in 2008 ... Canisius has now defeated Fairfield in all three postseason meetings ... The last four games between the teams has been won by the team that wins the draw-control battle ... The 15 goals scored by Canisius are the most that Fairfield allowed all season ... The Griffs are the first team to repeat as champions since Le Moyne in 2006 and 2007 ... The women's lacrosse team is the first Canisius program to win a championship on Canisius' campus since softball won the 1997 crown.

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Fairfield dropped a 15-11 decision to Canisius in the championship game of the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament. The loss ends the Stags season with a 13-4 mark, while the Griffs improve to 10-8 and will represent the conference in next weekend's NCAA Play-In Game.

Fairfield started quickly as Jamie Leone netted an unassisted tally just 43 seconds into the game on Demske Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Chloe Mangan followed 71 seconds later to give Fairfield a 2-0 lead less than 2:00 into the contest. Canisius would score its first goal at 21:49 of the first-half and tie the score, 2-2 at the 19:33 mark. Jenna Slowey put Fairfield back on top with a free position goal at 18:10, but that lead lasted just 44 seconds until Megan Oosting scored to knot the game once again, 3-3.

Courtney Chmil netted a free position goal for Fairfield at the 15:32 mark, to put the Stags back ahead, 4-3, but it would be their final lead of the game. Canisius scored three unanswered goals, in a 91 second stretch, to take a 6-4 lead that it would not relinquish. Morgan Leonard knotted the score at the 9:56 mark and Lindsay Morgan struck for consecutive goals at 9:29 and 8:25 to put the Griffs in front.

Amanda Best scored off of the ensuing draw for the Stags to make it 6-5 with 8:05 to play, but again Leonard answered to put the lead back to 8-6 61 seconds later. Kate McKinley tallied a man-up goal for Fairfield with 3:04 to play before halftime, but the Griffs got the margin back to two, 8-6, with a Leonard tally 17 seconds before the break

Fairfield did not score a second-half goal until Best's man-down tally with 7:21 to play in regulation. The Griffs meanwhile scored five unanswered goals to start the second-half, stretching their lead to 13-6. The Best goal was responded to by Carly Quinn 13 seconds later, with Canisius holding a man advantage and pushed the lead back to seven, 14-7. Chmil lopped a pair of goals off the deficit with goals at 6:18 and 5:20, but again Quinn answered, this time at 4:16, to stymie the Fairifeld run. Mangan and Cassie Penta scored for the Stags in the final 3:12 for the final margin.

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2012-04-29



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