The Canisius College women’s soccer team will get a second chance to top longtime rival Niagara (4-12-2, 3-5-2 MAAC) in the first round of the 2013 MAAC Tournament.
MAAC Tournament First Round
Date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Live Stats: Available through GoGriffs.com
Peaking at the Right Time
• The Griffs come into the contest having won their last two games, over Quinnipiac and Saint Peter’s
• Canisius has scored six goals in its last two games, which is one more than the previous eight conference contests combined.
• Senior midfielder Katie Griffin (2), sophomore forward Brittany Krause (3), and freshman midfielder Kat Lawver (1) have accounted for all six Canisius goals during its winning streak. Prior to the final two games, only Krause had found the back of the net.
• Six different players have multiple goals for the Griffs this season, that’s the most since 2009.
MAAC Tournament History
• This is the Griffs’ first MAAC Tournament since 2009.
• This year, the tournament sees an expanded field of all-11 affiliate schools, as the teams compete at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
• The Griffs have won two of three MAAC Tournament openers under head coach Jim Wendling.
Scouting the Purple Eagles
• Niagara is led offensively by forward Breanna Catipovic, who has eight goals this season.
• Catherine Meyer has four assists on the season leading the Purple Eagles in that category.
• Claire Feiertag has 17 starts in net for Niagara. She’s made 85 saves on the year and has a 1.51 goals against average.
• This is the second meeting between the two teams this season and the 41st meeting all-time between the rivals. Canisius has played the Purple Eagles more than any other program and currently holds a 16-22-2 record against them.
• The Purple Eagles played to a 1-0 win over the Griffs in the last meeting between the teams on Oct. 2.
• Canisius outshot Niagara 14-8 in the last meeting, but the Purple Eagles’ Danielle Kennedy was the only player to find the back of the net in the contest. Kennedy scored on a header off a free kick from Maureen Papaconstantinou in the 18th minute.
• This is the first postseason meeting between the clubs since 2005, with the Griffs fell in the MAAC quarterfinals to Niagara 6-3.