Junior Erica Evans recorded three goals as the Canisius women’s lacrosse team lost to No. 5 Syracuse 18-6 Saturday afternoon from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Orange got off to a fast start, taking a 5-0 lead over the Griffs in the first 10:46 of the contest, with Evans netting the first goal for Canisius at 17:33. After the Golden Griffin goal, the Orange would score three unanswered for an 8-1 lead before junior Jen Reininger scored at 8:27 to cut the lead to six. To close the half, Syracuse would go on a 2-1 run to take a 10-3 lead into the half.
Syracuse continued its strong play in the second half, going on an 8-0 run through the first 22:09, for an 18-3 lead. The Griffs would add three late goals over the final 5:43 of the contest, with goals from freshman Bryar Cummings, senior Ashley Bull and Evans.
Canisius junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken made 14 saves in the loss, while Syracuse goalie Asa Goldstock made three saves in her second victory of the season.
With the loss, the Griffs record now sits at 1-2 overall, while Syracuse is moves to a perfect 2-0.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“The game today did not go how we would have liked it, we struggled with our stick skills all day and the final score reflects that.”
“We had a hard time with our fundamentals and it is something we will need to work on as we move forward.”
“I thought Rebecca played well in net today for us, made some nice saves, but it was not the complete team effort that we were hoping for.”
“Syracuse is one of the best teams in the country for a reason and they showed why they are condidered one of the best this afternoon.”
• Evans led the Griffs in points (3), draw controls (3) and was tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (2) with Bull.
• Junior Lauren Smolensky had a team-high two assists for the Golden Griffins.
• The Griffs were outshot 41-12, while also losing the draw control battle 19-7.
• Cummings goal was the first of her career.
The Griffs will head home to the Demske Sports Complex to host Columbia Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. The game marks the first of six home games for the Blue and Gold in 2017.