Junior Allie Stewart scored three goals with a team-high four points, as the Canisius women’s lacrosse team defeated the University of Oregon 15-11 from Pape Field in Eugene, Ore. Monday afternoon.
Stewart tied for the team lead in goals for the Blue and Gold, with junior Jen Reininger and sophomore Tessa Chad also recording three tallies.
Canisius spread the wealth in the powerful offensive performance, as eight different Griffs found the back of the net in the 15 goal outburst.
The turning point of the contest came early on in the second half, with Canisius going on a 6-0 run over a 15:16 stretch to claim a 14-8 lead with 9:22 remaining in the contest.
The game began with the Ducks jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead through the first 12:55 of play. The Griffs would respond with a 3-1 run on goals from senior Ashley Bull, sophomore Jourdan Roemer and junior Lauren Smolensky, to pull the team within one (5-4) with 12:04 remaining in the first half.
From there, Canisius would go a 4-2 run to close the first half. Chad, Stewart, Roemer and Reininger would all score over the stretch to give the Griffs a 8-7 advantage at the half.
After an Oregon goal to tie the score at 8-8 with 24:38 remaining in the second, the Blue and Gold’s offensive barrage began. Four different Griffs would score during the 15 minute run, Stewart (2), Chad, Reininger (2) and junior Erica Evans, giving the Griffs a six goal advantage.
Oregon would not go out quietly, as the team fought its way back to within three points (14-11) with 4:19 remaining.
Sophomore Brenna Shanahan would dash any hopes of a Oregon comeback however, scoring the Griffs 15th goal of the contest at 2:37 to secure a 15-11 Golden Griffin victory.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“Today’s win was a great team effort. To have eight different goal scorers is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to the depth on our roster. From defense, to draw controls, it was a great overall performance.”
“The difference in the game today was how we came out in the second half. We made a few adjustments at the break and things started to go our way. To come out of the half on a 6-1 run really set us up for the rest of the afternoon.”
“The three big scorers for us today did a tremendous job (Chad, Reininger and Stewart). They had some great opportunities to score and took advantage of those opportunities.”
“With Erica doing the dirty work today, being face guarded, it was nice to see her get a goal on her only shot of the contest.”
“Overall it was a great trip. Traveling out west and bonding as a team was a great experience. To get a win against a quality opponent that was 2-0 heading into today was great for our program.”
· Junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken recorded nine saves on twenty total shots, while also recording a team-high eight ground balls.
· The Griffs won the draw control advantage 16-12, as Bull led the team with five.
· Bull, along with Reininger, led the Golden Griffins with two caused turnovers.
· Much of Canisius’ success this afternoon came from free position shots, with the team scoring on seven of its eight chances.
· Roemer, Shanahan, and Smolensky would add assists in the win.
The Griffs will play in their third road contest of the season on Saturday, Feb.18, when the team travels to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. to take on No. 6 Syracuse University. The Orange are 1-0 to begin the season after an 18-8 win over Boston College last Saturday.