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2011 MAAC Champions

Records Set in 2011
Most Wins 14
Winning Percentage .700
Fewest Losses (Tied) 6
Winning Streak 8
Scoring Offense 12.15
Scoring Defense 10.45
Points 342
Goals 243
Allison Daley  
Career Saves 662
Career Goals Against Average 11.66
Season Goals Against Average 10.27
Taylor Gray  
Single-Season Points 69
Points by a Senior 69
Megan Oosting  
Single-Season Draw Controls 81
Single-Game Draw Controls 9
Goals by a Junior 52
Carly Quinn  
Single-Game Goals (Tied) 8
Points by a Junior 65
Assists by a Junior 22

The 2011 season marked the most successful campaign in the history of the Golden Griffin women's lacrosse program. The team set records and accomplished a number of firsts, highlighted by winning the MAAC Championship.

The success of the team did not come without challenges. Entering the year, the Griffs faced the daunting task of needing to replace the team's leading scorer from the previous season in Ashley Curtis, who netted the third most goals in school history. In addition, all four Canisius defenders graduated from the 2010 season, leaving the Griffs with an inexperienced back line.

Right from the start Canisius was challenged with a difficult schedule, facing three nationally-recognized program. The Griffs opened the season with No. 11 Vanderbilt and also faced No. 9 Stanford and Ohio State among their first four games. Against the Cardinal, Allison Daley recorded 13 stops and set the program's career saves record.

The Griffs responded quickly from a 1-3 start to the season, tallying a school-record eight consecutive victories. The streak started with a 12-7 win against Binghamton before back-to-back one-goal victories versus Longwood and Robert Morris.

Canisius realized its full potential in its final weekend of non-conference play before starting MAAC action. Canisius hosted Connecticut and Duquesne, two teams the Griffs had never defeated.

Canisius opened the weekend with an 18-13 victory against the Huskies, marking not only the program's first victory over Connecticut but also its first win against a Big East school. Taylor Gray set career highs with seven points and five goals, while becoming the fifth player in school history with 100 career points, to help the Griffs rally from an early three-goal deficit.

The Griffs then continued their winning ways with an 8-7 win against Duquesne. Daley stopped 15 shots to lead Canisius to victory, including 11-of-14 shots on goal in the first half.

The momentum carried over to the beginning of conference play as Canisius cruised to wins over Manhattan and Iona. Against the Jaspers, Carly Quinn matched a school record with eight goals to lead the Canisius offense.

The Griffs then stretched their winning streak to eight games, earning its first victory at defending conference champion Marist, 15-8. Quinn became the sixth player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau in the win.

All good things must come to an end and the team's record-long winning streak ended as Canisius lost at Fairfield, 12-8. The Griffs led the Stags, who would tie a record for most consecutive MAAC regular-season victories, in the second half but a late run gave the victory to Fairfield.

Canisius finished the regular season with a pair of dominating wins against conference rivals Siena (19-8) and Niagara (19-4) to clinch its fourth-straight MAAC Tournament bid. Megan Oosting joined Gray and Quinn in the 100-point club, while also setting the single-season draw controls record against Niagara. The Griffs also split a pair of non-conference games to finish the season, falling to No. 9 Albany and defeating local rival St. Bonaventure.

The most important weekend of the season for Canisius started a little shaky. In the MAAC Semifinals, Siena took a 4-1 lead over the Griffs but Canisius battled back and eventually earned an 11-9 victory to advance to its second MAAC Championship.

In the title game, Canisius never trailed en route to a 13-8 victory against Fairfield, winning the program's first championship. Daley recorded 13 saves to anchor the victory and earned MAAC Tournament MVP honors. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Gray, Oosting, Theresa Walton and Maria Kotas.

The Griffs then had to face 20th-ranked and Atlantic-10 Champion Massachusetts for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA Tournament. The Minutewomen showed why they where nationally-ranked to start the game, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead but Canisius answered back and trailed by only one at the intermission, 6-5. Massachusetts, however, rebounded in the second half, taking advantage with a 5-0 run to earn the 16-8 victory.

Despite the loss to Massachusetts, Canisius set a number of school records. The team's 14 wins and .700 winning percentage are both the best in the program's record book, while the Class of 2011 completed their careers with 41 victories, the most in school history. Gray also finished the season with a program-best 69 points, while Oosting's 81 draw controls are the most in the school's record book.

A number of Griffs also earned postseason recognition. Daley became the first player in the program's history to garner regional All-America accolades, earning second-team IWCLA All-West/Midwest honors. She was also joined on the All-MAAC First Team by Oosting and Quinn, while Gray, Kotas, Jackie Loson and Lindsey Morgan all earned second-team selection.

2011 Postseason Honors
Allison Daley Taylor Gray Maria Kotas Jackie Loson
Lindsey Morgan Megan Oosting Carly Quinn Theresa Walton
• All-West/Midwest
  Second Team
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC Championship MVP
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• All-MAAC
Second Team
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team
• All-MAAC
First Team
• MAAC All-Tournament Team