2012 MAAC Champions
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Records Set in 2012
Team
Goals Per Game
13.21
Points 351
Assists 251


Megan Oosting
Career Goals
154
Career Draw Controls 201
Single-Season Goals
58
Goals by a Senior 58


Carly Quinn
Career Points
203
Single-Season Points
78
Single-Season Assists
47
Single-Game Points 10
Single-Game Assists 8
Points by a Senior 78
Assists by a Senior 47

In 2011, the Canisius College women's lacrosse team reached the pinnacle of the MAAC for the first time in program history, winning the conference's title with a 13-8 win over Fairfield. The Griffs were in no hurry to step down as the league's premier program, repeating as champions in 2012.

The challenge of repeating as champions were numerous and the team didn't obtain success easily. One of the biggest obstacles facing the Griffs was once again rebuilding its defense. Goalkeeper Allison Daley graduated following the 2011 title run as one of the most successful players to wear the Blue and Gold. In addition, all four starting defenders from 2011 were gone as well as Taylor Gray, who set the program's single-season points record as a senior.

The team's biggest concern proved to be a strength to start the year. Gina Molfetta anchored a strong Canisius defense to a 2-0 start - just the second in the program's history. The junior netminder earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording 10 saves in a one-goal win over Robert Morris in the season opener, including a point-blank stop with just 30 ticks remaining in the contest. Canisius followed with a win over Monmouth.

Following the initial success, however, the Griffs hit a rough patch to the season, coming up just short to some of the nation's strongest competition. Canisius lost five-straight contests, which included narrow home losses to No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 12 Ohio State by a combined five goals. The losing streak dropped the Griffs to 2-5 on the season.

There were plenty of positives to take from the five-game slide, however, as senior midfielder Megan Oosting proved to be a dangerous weapon. In three-straight games against teams that spent the majority of the season in the national polls, Oosting emerged as a star with 11 points, 10 goals, 12 draw controls and six ground balls. She earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week following her performance against some of the nation's finest competition.

Another bright spot for the Griffs was the welcomed performance of freshman goalkeeper Kayla Scully. The team's eventual Rookie of the Year, Scully emerged in the Ohio State contest as a strong anchor to the team's defense and would lead the Griffs the remainder of their championship season.

Canisius quickly rebounded from its slide with a three-game winning streak to reach the .500 mark on the season. The Griffs earned a dominating 20-8 victory over local rival St. Bonaventure before beginning their defense of their 2011 MAAC title with conference wins against Manhattan and Siena. Oosting continued her strong senior campaign in a MAAC semifinal rematch with the Saints, totaling a career-high seven goals in a 16-11 victory.

Next up for the Griffs was a rematch of the 2011 MAAC Championship against Fairfield. The teams battled back-and-forth and with the contest knotted at 10 in the closing seconds of regulation, Canisius had a golden opportunity to earn the victory. However, Fairfield saved a last-second free-position shot and outscored the Griffs, 2-1, in overtime for the 12-11 victory.

Canisius won its next game against Colgate, 13-5, behind a career-best 12 saves from Scully, but stumbled in its next MAAC contest at Marist, 13-11.

With a 6-7 overall record and 2-2 mark in conference play, the Griffs knew they had to win their remaining MAAC contests to have a chance to defend their title. First up was local rival Niagara, where Canisius not only earned a dominating victory but rewrote the record book in the process. The Griffs cruised to a 21-3 win against the Purple Eagles behind the strength of the Class of 2012 on Senior Night. Carly Quinn tied the program's record with 10 points, while establishing a new mark with eight assists. Her final assist of the night came on Oosting's 141st career tally, setting the school record for most career goals.

Continuing its winning ways, the team traveled to Iona and beat the Gaels, 14-10, which saw Canisius punch its ticket to the MAAC Tournament. The Griffs finished the regular season with a narrow loss to perennial-power Boston University.

Standing in the way of their second-straight MAAC Championship were the only two teams that defeated the Griffs during the regular season in third-seeded Marist and top-seeded Fairfield. Canisius cruised to a 14-5 win against the Red Foxes in the semifinal, setting up a rematch with the Stags. Junior midfielder Morgan Leonard led the Griffs with a season-best four goals in the semifinal victory.

With a second MAAC championship in grasp and only Fairfield in its way, Canisius wouldn't be denied and avenged its early-season defeat to the Stags with a 15-11 victory. The Griffs took the lead for good late in the first half and dominated possession in the second stanza en route to the win. Leonard added five points and four goals in the title game to earn MAAC Tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Oosting, Quinn, Maria Kotas and Lindsey Morgan.

From the first day of the season, the goal for the 2012 Canisius team was more than just winning its second-straight MAAC Championship, it was to take it a step further and compete for a bid to the 16-team NCAA Tournament. The Griffs faced nationally-ranked Massachusetts for the second-straight year for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Minutewomen entered the contest ranked 15th in the country and had only one loss on the year to Northwestern.

In a battle to the very last second, UMass earned a 13-12 victory thanks to a tally with four seconds remaining in the game. Oosting led the Griffs with five points on three goals and two assists in her final collegiate game, finishing her career with school records in goals (154) and draw controls (201). Quinn also added three points for the Griffs and finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 203 points, surpassing the mark of 200 set by Lauren Walsh.

Oosting and Quinn finished as two of the most decorated players in the program's history. Oosting earned the inaugural MAAC Midfielder of the Year, while Quinn became the second Griff to receive the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, Leonard added a third individual accolade for Canisius, collecting the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Overall, the Class of 2012 finished their careers as the most successful class in the program's history, accounting for 42 wins, two conference titles and four trips to the conference tournament. Due to a redshirt season, Quinn saw action in 43 victories in a Canisius uniform, making her the most successful player in the program's history.

Following the 2012 campaign, a number of Griffs were recognized for their strong seasons. Oosting became the second player in school history to earn regional All-America honors (Daley also earned the honor in 2011) and was joined on the All-MAAC First Team by Quinn, Leonard and Morgan. Both Maria and Gabby Kotas plus Tori Quinn earned second-team all-conference accolades.



2012 Postseason Honors
Gabby Kotas Maria Kotas Morgan Leonard
Lindsey Morgan Megan Oosting Carly Quinn Tori Quinn
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• MAAC Defensive Player of the Year
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC Championship MVP
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• All-West/Midwest
  Second Team
• MAAC Midfielder
of the Year
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• MAAC Offensive Player of the Year
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• All-MAAC
Second Team