Quick Start Leads Canisius Past Monmouth

Canisius cruised to a 16-9 win over Monmouth (7-8, 4-2 MAAC) on Saturday afternoon behind junior attacker Tori Quinn's seven points.

Quinn scored four goals and added three assists on the day, with all-four goals coming in the first half to get the Griffs got off to a fast start once again. Canisius opened up an eight-goal lead (10-2) heading into the half.

I thought today was another solid team win, said head coach Scott Teeter. "I thought we got out to an excellent start by taking care of draw controls and the game was won in the first half by us finishing our shots and finishing two-point plays on defense."

Senior midfielder Maria Kotas (two goals and three assists) and sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio (four goals and one assist) each chipped in five points for the Blue and Gold.

Junior Meghan Cuddy scored three goals in the game, while sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull netted two and junior midfielder Tori Greco added another to round out the Griffs' scoring.

The teams traded goals to start the second half, with Canisius holding a 12-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play. The Griffs would then go on a 4-1 run to put the game away for good at 16-6 with the Hawks tacking on the final three goals in the last two minutes.

The Griffs won 18 draw controls to Monmouth's nine to control the possession of the game. Kotas won seven draws, while Bull collected five. Kotas and Bull each caused two turnovers as well in the contest.

Senior defender Gabby Kotas led the team with four ground balls, and junior defender Casey Depauw also turned in a strong defensive effort with three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Junior goaltender Kayla Scully made six saves and allowed just seven of Monmouth's nine goals in just over 58 minutes of action. The net minder also picked up two ground balls.

Canisius will next play its final road contest of the season on Wednesday, when the Griffs travel to longtime rival Niagara. First draw is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

With the win, Teeter moves to 101-100 all-time as a head coach, marking the first time he's held a record over .500 in his career ... Depauw's three draw controls set a new career high ... Quinn's eight points were one shy of her season high, which came at Iona on March 29.

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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Canisius (9-4, 5-1 MAAC) shot out to a 6-1 lead in the opening 16 minutes of the first half and kept pace with Monmouth's (7-8, 4-2 MAAC) offense the rest of the way to win 16-9 on Saturday.

The Golden Griffins were led by junior Tori Quinn who finished with seven points on four goals and a trio of assists. The two-time reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champions also got a five point day out of sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio. Monmouth senior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) and freshman Kendall Lutts (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) each had a pair of goals for the Hawks.

"We struggled today with the draw and Canisius did a great job moving the ball on us," said MU head coach Denise Wescott. "I thought our team started to settle in more in the second half but we need to start games the way we finish them."

Canisius took a quick two goal lead before defender Kristina Vengeli (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) go the Hawks on the board with a goal at 19:21. The Griffs then rattled off four consecutive goals before Anderson's first marker with 12 minutes remaining. Canisius scored four more in the final eight minutes of the half, including three from the stick of Quinn, to take a 10-2 lead into halftime.

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