Amherst, Mass. – (Canisius release) No. 20 Massachusetts ran away from the Canisius College women’s lacrosse team in the second half, outscoring the Griffs 10-3 in the stanza en route to a 16-8 victory on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game. The loss ends the best season in the program’s history for the Golden Griffins with a 14-6 record. The 14 wins and .700 winning are both the top marks in the school’s record book.
“It is an unfortunate end to a great season,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “We dug ourselves in an early hole and battled back, but in the end, Massachusetts controlled possession and took advantage. I think our defense played well considering we never had the ball and Allison Daley was outstanding in net for us. Our seniors will certainly be missed and we wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Junior Megan Oosting (Lakefield, Ontario) led the Griffs with three goals on the afternoon, with seniors Brianne Laffey (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Carly Quinn (Orangeville, Ontario), junior Kristy Wilensky (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomores Kate Gosson (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Lindsey Morgan (Lancaster, N.Y.) each netting one tally.
Senior Allison Daley (Peterborough, Ontario) and sophomore Gina Molfetta (Carmel, N.Y.) combined to make 13 saves on the afternoon. Daley finished her tenure at Canisius with 11 saves on the afternoon, raising her career school saves record to 662.
Canisius started the game slowly, finding itself in an early 5-0 hole. The Minutewomen netted the first five goals of the game in just 8:32, forcing the Griffs to play from behind right from the start.
The Griffs quickly gained their composure, rallying back to pull within one at the half. Gosson netted the team’s first goal of the afternoon, scoring on a free-position chance with 18:58 left in the stanza. Quinn, Morgan and Oosting followed as Canisius trailed by just one goal, 5-4, with 5:33 remaining.
Massachusetts (17-2) ended a more than 18-minute scoreless drought with 3:03 left in the period, but Oosting answered back with an unassisted tally as the teams headed into the intermission with the Minutewomen leading, 6-5.
The Minutewomen found their rhythm in the second stanza, scoring early to add to their lead. Massachusetts netted the first three tallies of the second half to seize a four-goal advantage, 9-5, and the Griffs were never able to get any closer than three goals for the remainder of the game.
Laffey tallied an unassisted score to get Canisius on the scoreboard with 19:47 left in the half and after the teams traded a goal, Massachusetts put the game out of reach with a 6-0 run for a 16-7 lead. All six goals came with Oosting on the bench, first due to a yellow card and the due to an injury. Wilensky ended the run by scoring with 2:03 remaining in the game for the 16-8 final.
Massachusetts controlled possession for most of the game, resulting in a 39-17 difference in shots, which included a 22-5 edge in the second half. The Minutewomen won the draw control battle, 17-9, and forced the Griffs into 22 turnovers. Canisius also struggled against an aggressive Massachusetts ride, converting just 13-of-23 clearing attempts on the afternoon.
Katie Ferris and Jackie Lyons both led the Minutewomen with five points, three goals and two assists on the afternoon, while Katie Florence recording four saves in the victory.
Game Notes: The Canisius Class of 2011 – Daley, Laffey, Kaitlyn Black, Kathleen DiPasquale, Taylor Gray and Jackie Loson – finished their careers with 41 wins, the most of any class in the program’s history … Gray, who posted one assist on the afternoon, finished her season with a school-record total of 69 points on 44 goals and 25 assists … The schools were meeting for the first time in women’s lacrosse … Canisius is now 0-11 all-time against nationally-ranked teams.