The trio of (junior) Erica Evans, (junior) Jen Reininger and (sophomore) Jourdan Roemer led the Canisius women’s lacrosse team with two goals each, as the team lost its season opening game at No. 9 Northwestern 9-7 Monday afternoon.
The Blue and Gold held a lead over the Wildcats on three separate occasions, including a 5-4 advantage early on in the second half.
The Griffs opened their first half scoring with a goal from Roemer at 22:08 to tie the game at 1-1, before taking a 2-1 lead at 18:07 on Reininger’s first goal in a Blue and Gold uniform. After a goal from the Wildcats to tie the contest at 15:13, the Golden Griffins would again take the lead, 3-2, with a goal from sophomore Tessa Chad assisted by Reininger .
Northwestern would later add two straight goals down the stretch to reclaim the lead, before Roemer netted her second goal of the game to even the score 4-4 at the half.
The Griffs started off the second strong with a goal by Evans at 26:55 to reclaim the lead for the Griffs at 5-4. From there, the Wildcats would take control of the game with three straight goals to give Northwestern a 7-5 lead. The Griffs and Wildcats would trade two goals each to close the contest, with both Evans and Reininger adding their second tallies of the game.
Junior Rebecca VanLaeken ended the game with 16 saves, while giving up nine goals.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“I thought we played really good team defense today. They, along with Rebecca, kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win at the end.”
“Losing by two goals to the number nine team in the country is an achievement, but we want to be able to close out those tough games with a victory. We had opportunities to win the game late, but we didn’t finish with the effort we were looking for.”
“Erica, Jen, and Jourdan played well for us today and put some points on the board. They’re our scorers. We expect that type of production out of them and even more. They had a few chances to add to their totals during the game and we’ll need those to go in moving forward against tough competition.”
“Overall we did some good things this afternoon. We have some things that we can work on in practice as we move forward in the year.”
• Evans and Reininger led the Griffs with three points each.
• Senior Ashley Bull and junior Nicole Nelson led the Golden Griffins with four ground balls each.
• Evans led all Canisius players with three caused turnovers.
• Junior Allie Stewart also added an assist in the contest.
• The Griffs lost the draw control battle 17-1, while going 17-of-27 on clear attempts.