Oosting netted five goals in the victory to become the program's all-time leader in career goals. The senior midfielder has now netted 141 tallies during her Golden Griffin tenure, topping the previous mark of 140, held by Ashley Gray (2006-09).
It was her classmate in Quinn who set Oosting up for the record-setting goal, finishing the game by matching a school record with 10 points, netting two goals to go along with eight assists. Her eight helpers are also the most by a Griff in a single game, while Quinn's two goals raised her career total to 100 tallies. She is the fifth player in the program's history to reach the 100-goal plateau.
"It was a great way for our seniors to go out in their final home regular-season game," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "It was also extra special to do it against our rivals in Niagara. I'm extremely proud of all seven seniors and especially what Megan Oosting and Carly Quinn accomplished tonight. Today was our most complete game of the season and one of the few times that we played well for a full 60 minutes. We just need to continue to play this way into the future."
Junior Lindsey Morgan also matched her career high with five goals, while junior Morgan Leonard, sophomore Maria Kotas and freshman Meghan Cuddy all added two tallies in the victory. Juniors Kate Gosson and Meghan McGunigle and freshman Whitley Perry rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.
Junior Gina Molfetta anchored a strong Canisius defense on the night, making eight saves while the Griffs allowed its fewest goals of the 2012 season.
Oosting opened the scoring just 55 seconds into the game and Morgan added three quick goals to give the Griffs a 4-0 lead six minutes into the game. Quinn assisted on three of the four tallies as Canisius grabbed a lead it would not relinquish.
Canisius continued its dominance throughout the game, racing to a 13-1 halftime advantage before outscoring the Purple Eagles, 8-2, in the second stanza.
Oosting tied the program's scoring record with her fourth goal of the night with 17:38 remaining in the contest but didn't find the back of the net again until the final minute of play. The Griffs forced a late turnover and quickly cleared the ball into its offensive zone. Quinn had an open look on the door step but pulled out and fed Oosting, who netted the record-breaking goal with just 16.1 seconds remaining in the contest. It also marked Quinn's record-tying 10th point of the game and her record-breaking eighth assist of the contest.
Overall, Canisius finished with a 29-19 advantage in shots on the night. The Griffs also forced Niagara into 19 turnovers, while committing only nine on their end.
Canisius continues MAAC play on Saturday, playing at Iona. With a win, the Griffs will secure a bid to the MAAC Tournament for the fifth-straight season. First draw in New Rochelle, N.Y. is set for noon.
Game Notes: Canisius honored its seven seniors prior to the game - Oosting, Quinn, Mary Butlak, Rachel Brand, Meagan Hurley, Theresa Walton and Kristy Wilensky ... Quinn is third player in the program's history to record 10 points in a single game, joining Alana Chan (vs. Iona - April 9, 2005) and Lauren Walsh (at Howard - March 22, 2008) ... The previous record for assists in a game was six, held by Walsh (at Howard - March 22, 2008) and Brianne Laffey (vs. Fresno State - Feb. 16, 2009) ... The 10 points by Quinn are the third-most by a Division I player in the country this season, while her eight assists rank second ... Quinn also became the winningest player in the program's history with her 40th career victory in a Golden Griffin uniform ... She broke a tie with Allison Daley '11 and Jackie Loson '11, who both won 39 games during their careers ... The 18-goal margin of victory is tied for the most in the series between the two rivals. Canisius defeated Niagara, 23-5, during the 2008 season ... Niagara now leads the Battle of the Bridge series - an all-sports rivalry between the two schools - 14.5-12.5.