Canisius Rallies by Marist to Claim MAAC Championship

The Red Foxes added to their lead with a tally with 13:21 remaining in the game but Kotas scored a free-position goal just 18 seconds later and Morgan then added a free-position tally of her own to tie the game at seven with 12:11 left in the contest.

Marist would take its final timeout of the game and then quickly reclaimed the lead after the break in the action. Amanda Tuck won the ensuing draw control and ran past the Canisius defense, finishing her opportunity for an 8-7 lead just 11 seconds following Morgan's tying goal. Quinn answered back for the Griffs only to see Marist's Kirsten Viscount give the Red Foxes the lead once again, 9-8, with 8:22 left in regulation.

Bull won the ensuing draw control for Canisius and after Quinn hit a post on a free-position attempt, Kotas netted an unassisted goal with 6:56 left in the game to knot the contest at nine. The junior then won the next draw control and once again took matters into her own hands with an unassisted tally with 3:21 remaining, giving the Griffs their first lead of the game, 10-9, since the early stages when the score was 1-0. Kotas then added her career-best seventh draw control of the game following the tally and Canisius killed the remaining time, aided by a Marist yellow card, to win its third-straight MAAC Championship.

The Griffs finished the contest with a 30-21 advantage in shots and a 16-14 edge in ground balls, while Marist won the draw-control battle, 12-9.

Tuck and Viscount both led the Red Foxes with three goals on the afternoon, while Ashley Casiano recorded seven saves in net.

Canisius now awaits its opponent in the 26-team NCAA Tournament. The Griffs fell to nationally-ranked Massachusetts in each of the past two seasons in a play-in contest (to a 16-team bracket), including a 13-12 setback last season.

Game Notes: Canisius and Marist have met in five of the last six MAAC Tournaments with the Red Foxes now claiming three of the five contests. The schools played in the title game for the first time with the previous four contests in the semifinals ... Kotas has now been named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team in each of her three seasons at Canisius ... Kotas' seven draw controls matches the school's postseason record set by Megan Oosting in each of the last two MAAC Championships ... It also marked the fourth time in Kotas' career that she scored four goals in a single contest ... The Griffs' 14 wins this season matches the school record set by the 2011 squad.

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2013-05-05



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