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Griffs Host Marist and Siena to Open MAAC Action
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 09/27/2012
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The Canisius College women's soccer team will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex, as they host Marist and Siena. The Golden Griffins will first welcome reigning MAAC Champion Marist to the home pitch on Friday evening at 7 p.m. After Friday's conference homeopener, the Griffs will face Siena on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

This past weekend, the Griffs were swept in their final non-conference tuneups versus Bucknell and Little Three rival St. Bonaventure. On Sept. 21 versus host Bucknell, the Griffs were handed their sixth shutout of the season. The Griffs fell to the Bison by the score of 5-0 at Emmitt Field. Bison forward Chelsea Garkowski scored a natural hat trick to give her team a 3-0 lead in the opening period. Junior goalkeeper Megan Tock recorded 11 saves in the loss, one short of tying her career game-high.

After spending close to three weeks on the road, the Griffs returned home on Sept. 23 when they hosted St. Bonaventure. The Griffs dominated play from the opening kickoff, scoring the contest's opening goal in the first three minutes of the contest. The Griffs would ride the lone goal of the first half into intermission. Exchanging goals in the 52nd and 64th minutes, the Griffs held a 2-1 lead until the Bonnies tallied a pair of goals to seal the 4-3 comeback win. 

OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY
Posting a 2-8-0 overall mark in non-conference action, the Golden Griffins open MAAC play this weekend against conference opponents Marist and Siena at the Demske Sports Complex. The last time the Griffs opened conference play at home was in 2009 on the weekend of Sept. 25 when the Griffs faced Rider and Loyola, respectively. The Griffs went on to split the weekend, defeating the Broncs by the score of 3-1 on Friday night before dropping Sunday’s contest to the Greyhounds, 2-1.

HOME SWEET HOME
In conference openers, head coach Jim Wendling is undefeated on the home pitch with a pair of wins over Rider in 2009 and Marist on Oct. 3, 2008 by the score of 3-0. Wendling remains unbeaten in conference openers with a 4-0-0 record.

 

MARIST RED FOXES (6-5-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
AT
CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (2-8-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)

Game #11: Sept. 28, 2012 • 7 p.m.
DEMSKE SPORTS COMPLEX • BUFFALO, N.Y.

MARIST NOTES:

• In the MAAC Preseason Poll, the Red Foxes were selected to finish first in the conference with four players selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Team after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season.
• The Red Foxes have nabbed two MAAC weekly honors this season with Chelsea Botta winning Offensive Player of the Week honors on Aug. 27 and goalkeeper Caitlin Lundsman taking Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4.
• Reigning MAAC Coach of the Year winner Katherine Lyn is in her second season at Marist.

SERIES RECORD vs MARIST: 5-10-1 (.344)
LAST MEETING vs MARIST: T (2OT), 2-2, at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2011)

 

SIENA SAINTS (4-5-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
AT
CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (2-8-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)

Game #12: Sept. 30, 2012 • 1 p.m.
DEMSKE SPORTS COMPLEX • BUFFALO, N.Y.

SIENA NOTES:

• Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Booth was named both the MAAC and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the weekend of Sept. 21. She posted a 2-1 record with a 0.33 goals against average and a .938 save percentage in the Saints’ victories over Vermont and Temple.
• After opening the season 0-4, the Saints went on a four-game winning streak before being slowed down by UMass on Sept. 23 by the score of 1-0.  
• Booth has been a key contributor in the Saints’ turnaround, totaling three shutouts while stopping 22 of 23 shots in their four-game winning streak.

SERIES RECORD vs SIENA: 9-13-1 (.413)
LAST MEETING vs SIENA: T (2OT), 1-1, at Loudonville, N.Y. (Oct. 21, 2011)


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