Kotas, Quinn Help Canisius Edge Past Colgate

Canisius notched its first win of the season on Tuesday in a 12-11 win over Colgate. Senior midfielder Maria Kotas and junior attacker Tori Quinn led the way for the Griffs offensively, tallying four goals each.

“Today was a great character win for us, all in all we made enough plays to win the game,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “Even though it's early, we still made a lot of systematic mistakes and didn't put the game out of reach in the first half. We have more areas that we can build off and have things to concentrate on moving forward in order to be successful this season.”

Canisius got off to a fast start, behind a pair Quinn goal and freshman midfielder Ashley Heisler's first collegiate goal, which gave Canisius a 3-1 advantage. However, the lead didn't last long as the Raiders used a 5-1 run later in the half to open a 6-4 lead.

The Griffs would battle back with goals by sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull on back-to-back Canisius possessions, and another tally by Quinn to close out the half, leaving the game knotted at seven.

The Griffs managed to get its two-goal lead back twice in the second half with Kotas scoring three of her four goals in the second frame.

The Raiders attempted to rally late, cutting the Canisius lead to back to one with under two minutes to play, but junior goalkeeper Kayla Scully the biggest of her eight saves with 14 seconds left to preserve the Canisius win.

Next, the Griffs will host Ohio State in the team's home opener on Saturday, March 1. Frist draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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HAMILTON – Kallan Murray had a goal and four assists to lead Colgate, but the Raiders couldn't erase a late two-goal deficit against Canisius in a 12-11 defeat.

Colgate (0-3) also saw Megan Ark record her second hat trick of the season with two coming in the second half. Murray assisted on all four goals in the final half. including the two by Ark. Isabel Kreitler tallied her first career goal, which started a four-goal run in the opening half for the Raiders. Jennie Berglin stopped seven shots in the loss.

"Another hard fought game for us," head coach Heather Young said. "Proud of our team for their fight. We just can't take any plays off. We continue to play quality opponents and need to be ready each and every play. The team is now looking forward to hosting a good Drexel team on Saturday."

The Golden Griffins (1-2) were led by Maria Kotas and Tori Quinn with four goals apiece. Kotas scored three of her goals in the final 30 minutes, while Quinn had three in the first half. Both had success from 8-meters with a pair of goals coming as free-position shots. Kayla Scully made eight saves in net, including the game-saving stop with under a minute remaining.

Canisius gained the early 4-2 lead with 11:45 left in the first half. Quinn led the way with a pair of goals, while Alison Flood and Sarah Bowles tallied goals as well.

The Raiders answered with a four-goal run by four different scorers. Kreitler got it started with her first collegiate score with 9:27 left to get Colgate to within two at 4-3. Jenna Frost tied the game with her first of the season and then Murray and Ark gave Colgate its largest lead at 6-4 with 8:14 remaining. The four-goal outburst was in a two-minute span.

The Griffs fired back with three of the final four goals of the half and the teams went into the half tied at 7-7. Ashley Bowles had two scores and Quinn added her third of the half. Ashley Bowles netted Colgate's final goal of the half with was a free-position goal, which made it 7-5 at the time of the goal.

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2014-02-25



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