Eight different members of the Blue and Gold scored, as the Canisius women’s lacrosse team continued its strong conference play, gaining an 18-5 win over Iona Saturday morning from the Demske Sports Compelx.
Junior Erica Evans had a season-high seven goals in the victory, while adding an assist, seven ground balls, seven caused turnovers and four draw controls to her stat line. Her seven caused turnovers mark a career high, while her seven ground balls tie a career high.
Senior Ashley Bull started the game on a high note for the Golden Griffins, winning the opening draw, and breaking former Griff Megan Oosting’s career draw controls record at 202.
Evans would get the scoring going less than a minute later, at 29:22, with a free position goal to put the Griffs up 1-0.
Over the next several minutes both teams struggled to find the back of the net, but Iona’s Grace Celona was able to tie the contest at 22:05.
Following the Gaels’ goal, Canisius would go on a 4-0 run over the next 2:34 that saw goals from Evans (2), sophomore Tessa Chad and junior Jen Reininger, putting the score at 5-1 at the 18:40 mark.
Iona would fight back, scoring two of the games next three goals, closing the gap to 6-3 at 13:14, but the Blue and Gold would score eight unanswered marks to take a 14-3 lead into the half.
Over the 8-0 run, Bull scored twice, while Chad, Evans, Reininger, Roemer Smolensky and Stewart each added a tally.
The second half of the match lacked the offensive fireworks of the first, with the teams scoring a combined six goals in the final 30 minutes.
Evans would put home her sixth and seventh goals of the game in the second half, while Reininger added her third of the day. Also picking up a goal was sophomore Brenna Shanahan, her second of the season.
With the win, the Griffs move to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in MAAC play. Iona is now 3-8 overall and 0-2 against MAAC opponents.
Junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken picked up her seventh win of the season (7-4), making five saves.
Head Coach Scott Teeter's Postgame Comments
"I thought all in all the girls played lights out today, they got off to a quick start and played hard for sixty minutes."
"We had a lot of energy and made plays all over the field. When you have 18 caused turnovers its shows the effort they were willing to make."
"Today's challenge was to keep playing hard after we established the first half lead, we have struggled with that at times, but did a good job of finishing strong."
• The Golden Griffins have now won 18 consecutive regular season conference games.
• Evans now has 150 career goals, putting her four away from the school record of 154 held by former Griffs Oosting and Tori Quinn.
• Evans, who scored two free position goals on the day, now has 38 for her career, three away from tying Maria Kotas’ program record of 41.
• The junior midfielder led the team in nearly every statistical category for the day including goals, points (8), caused turnovers, draw controls and ground balls.
• Her eight points, seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers were also a season highs.
• Evans now has at least seven points in four consecutive games.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Ellen Newton played the final 14:51 of the match, making three saves.
• Reininger ranked second on the team in goals (3) and points (4), extending her goal streak to 11 consecutive games.
• Chad has scored multiple goals in five consecutive games.
The Golden Griffins will next host Siena this Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. from the Demske Sports Complex.