Junior Erica Evans led all scorers with five goals and seven points, as the Canisius women’s lacrosse team claimed an 18-10 victory over Michigan Sunday afternoon from Michigan Stadium.
Senior Ashley Bull, sophomore Tessa Chad, and junior Allie Stewart each had three goals, as the Blue and Gold continued their offensive dominance, totaling 41 goals in two victories this week.
Stewart ranked second on the team with six points (3g, 3a), while sophomore Jourdan Roemer (2g, 2a) and junior Lauren Smolensky (1g, 2a) also totaled at least three points.
The game began with Michigan scoring three of the first four goals, for a 3-1 lead at 19:22 of the first. The Griffs would go on a 2-1 run, to cut the Michigan lead to 4-3 with 14:07 remaining in the first half, before hitting their stride.
Over the next 6:53 of play, the Golden Griffins would go on a 5-0 run to secure an 8-4 lead at the 7:14 mark. Evans scored three times during the stretch, while Smolensky and Stewart buried home a goal each.
The Griffs kept their foot on the gas to close out the half, scoring two more goals (Bull and Roemer), for a 10-5 halftime lead.
Bull added her second goal of the game to begin the second half, at 28:59, extending the Canisius lead to a then game-high six goals (11-5).
The Wolverines were able to get the deficit back to five on two occasions over the next 4:12 of play (11-6, 12-7), but the Griffs pulled away, scoring four unanswered goals for a 16-7 lead with 13:54 left in the contest.
Evans added her fourth and fifth goals of the day in the run, with Bull and junior Jen Reininger also finding the back of the net.
Michigan would score three of the games’ final five goals, leading to the 18-10 Canisius victory.
With the win, the Golden Griffins wrap up non-conference play, and move to 5-4, while Michigan is now 1-7.
Junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken made 13 saves, picking up her fifth win of the season (5-4 overall), with Michigan’s Ali Kothari moving to 1-7 for the season.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“Today was the most complete effort we’ve had for sixty minutes this year. We tightened up everything from draw controls to clears, and we played an all-around great game.”
“Again we saw the offensive success we look for. When we get three or four scorers going, it takes the pressure off of Erica. It was nice to see them step up again today to complete a great week of play.”
“It’s always nice to get a win against a school from a power five conference, and we ended non-conference play on a really good note.”
“The girls will enjoy a few days off, and get a much-deserved break from lacrosse. We hope to come back refreshed and ready for conference play. We’ve had ups and downs to open the year, but we’re happy with where we are headed going into MAAC play.”
• With her five goals, Evans moves to fourth all-time on the Canisius career goals list (139), passing former Griffs Maria Kotas (136) and Whitney Card (137).
• Bull led the Blue and Gold with seven draw controls on the day, passing Kotas (192) for the second most in school history with 194.
• Evans had the most ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (4) by a member of the Blue and Gold, while Reininger ranked second on the team in each category with four and three respectively.
• Canisius was 18-of-24 on clear attempts, while Michigan was 12-of-18.
• The Golden Griffs had 26 shots on goal, to Michigan’s 23, while the Wolverines held the advantage in draw controls 17 to 14.
• The Griffs are now 1-1 all-time against Michigan, and gained their second win over a Big Ten team in program history.
The Griffs will have nearly two weeks to prepare for MAAC play, with their next game coming on the road against Manhattan on Saturday March 25 at 4 p.m.