BU took advantage of strong play in the draw circle and in net to earn the victory. The Terriers won the draw-control battle, 13-5, on the afternoon, which includes a 7-0 edge in the second stanza. In addition, Christina Sheridan anchored BU's defense with 15 saves - the most by a Griff opponent since March 10, 2010.
"The difference in today's game was draw controls," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We need to find a way to compete for the 50-50 ball that has seemingly gone the other way the past couple of games. We have a tough week ahead of us as we prepare to defend our MAAC Tournament title."
Senior Carly Quinn led the Canisius attack with three points on the afternoon, recording two goals to go along with an assist. Senior Megan Oosting also tallied two goals for the Griffs with juniors Meghan McGunigle and Lindsey Morgan each adding a score.
Freshman netminder Kayla Scully anchored the Canisius defense, stopping 10 shots in goal for her fourth double-digit save performance of her rookie campaign.
With the score knotted at two after 10 minutes of play, the Terriers grabbed the lead with four-straight tallies in the second 10 minutes of action for a 6-2 advantage. The Griffs crept within two by halftime when Morgan and McGunigle netted goals as the teams headed into intermission with BU leading, 6-4.
The Terriers quickly added to their lead in the second stanza, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the half for an 8-4 advantage. Oosting netted two of the game's next tallies goals to pull Canisius within three, 9-6, but the Griffs were unable to completely solve Sheridan in net, who stopped 10 shots in the second half to preserve the victory. The Terriers added two goals in the final two minutes of the game, including one with an empty net, to earn the 11-6 victory.
Overall, BU finished the game with a slight advantage in shots, 28-24 and both teams collected 14 ground balls in the game. Canisius kept the game tight by forcing the Terriers into 16 turnovers, while committing only eight of its own.
Danielle Etrasco led the Terriers with six points and four goals in the victory.
Canisius now turns its attention toward the postseason, hosting the 2012 MAAC Tournament next weekend. The 2011 MAAC Tournament Champions, the Griffs earned the second seed for the championship and play No. 3 Marist on Friday at 8 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius, who won 55.1 percent of its draws in the first nine games of the season (135-245), have won just 40.2 percent of draw controls in the last seven contests (68-169) ... Sheridan's 15 stops are the most by a Griff opponent since Binghamton's Lauren Scott recorded 21 saves in a 13-11 Canisius win in 2010 ... Quinn raised her season total to 68 points on 28 goals and 40 assists. She is just one point shy of the program's single-season standard (69 by Taylor Gray, 2011), while two assists shy of the single-season record (42 by Lauren Walsh, 2008) ... The schools were meeting for the first time on the lacrosse field.