Canisius Powers Past Siena in MAAC Contest

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Four Golden Griffins netted hat tricks as three-time defending MAAC champion Canisius cruised past Siena 20-8. Freshman attack Maddie Devine led the Saints with a season-high three points.

Canisius (7-5, 3-1) led throughout, although the Saints (3-9, 1-2) scored twice in the final 1:10 of the first half to pull within 10-5 at the break. Siena would get as close as 10-6 early in the second half, but the Golden Griffins responded with eight unanswered goals in just eight minutes to pull away.

Canisius out-shot the Saints 33-16 and held a 20-13 advantage in groundballs and 18-10 margin in draw controls.

Devine, Sarah Croutier and Alyssa Treanor all tallied two goals for the Saints which have lost nine straight to Canisius.

MAAC Preseason Co-Players of the Year Maria Kotas and Tori Quinn scored four goals apiece for the Golden Griffins. Kotas finished with a game-high six points and added four groundballs, four draw controls and caused four turnovers. Taylor Giglio and Ashley Bull each contributed hat tricks and Bull won 10 draw controls.

The Saints hit the road for their next two games and face Fairfield Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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Canisius (7-5, 3-1 MAAC) cruised to an 20-8 win over Siena (3-9, 1-2 MAAC) on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior midfielder Maria Kotas and junior attacker Tori Quinn each netted four goals to lead Canisius offensively, while sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull collected a school-record 10 draw controls.

Nine different players scored for the Griffs on Wednesday, including freshman midfielder Rachel Toole who scored for the first time as a member of the Blue and Gold.

"I thought we did a great job of putting the game away at the start of the second half today," said head coach Scott Teeter. "We had a good, balanced effort offensively and it was good to get some of our youth in the game. It was great to see Rachel Toole get her first collegiate goal as well."

Sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio (3), Bull (3), junior attackers Meghan Cuddy (2) and Whitley Perry, freshman midfielder Ashley Heisler and junior midfielder Tori Greco rounded out the scoring for the Griffs.

Canisius got off to a fast start in the contest jumping out to a 10-3 lead with two minutes to go in the half. Giglio, Bull, Quinn, Kotas, Cuddy, Greco and Heisler each scored in the first for Canisius.

The Saints would then net three-straight to pull within four, two to close out the half and the opener of the second frame.

Quinn would open the Griffs' lead right back up however, scoring three straight to start an 8-0 run for Canisius to give them an 18-6 advantage.

After the Saints ended the Griffs' run with a goal, Toole and Perry would combine to tack on two more to give the Griffs 20 or more goals in back-to-back games.

Behind Bull, the Griffs won the draw control battle 18-10. Kotas chipped in four and Quinn added two.

Kotas finished the day with game-highs in points (6), caused turnovers (4) and ground balls (4).

Junior goaltender Kalya Scully finished with four saves.

The win improved the Griffs to 3-1 in MAAC play, with their next contest coming on Saturday against Manhattan. First draw at the Demske Sports Complex is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

Game Notes: Bull's record 10 draw control, surpassed the previous record of nine, which was held by former Griff Megan Oosting ... That record also came against Siena on April 7, 2011 ... Quinn's fourth goal of the game was the 99th of her career. Her next goal would make her the eighth member of the 100-goals club at Canisius ... The Griffs have now scored 20 or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time in program history ... The win was the 99th of Teeter's career. A win on Saturday would make him 100-100 all-time.


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