Junior Erica Evans set the Canisius career goals record, notching five goals and seven points, as the Canisius women’s lacrosse team defeated Siena 25-11 Wednesday afternoon from the Demske Sports Complex.
Evans passed former Griffs Megan Oosting and Tori Quinn on the Canisius all-time goals list, on her fifth and final goal of the afternoon, and now has 155 tallies for her career.
Also having a career day was sophomore Jourdan Roemer, who recorded career highs in points (8) and assists (5).
Evans contributed to the games’ first goal, assisting junior Lauren Smolensky at the 25:03 mark to get the scoring going. Siena’s Alexis Deaken would then add the second goal of the day, at 24:18, to tie the score at 1-1.
From there, the Blue and Gold put home six consecutive goals to take a 7-1 lead. Evans and Roemer found the back of the net twice in the stretch, while sophomore Tessa Chad and junior Jen Reininger each netted goals.
Siena cut the deficit to 7-2 at 16:54, on Deaken’s second goal of the contest, but the Griffs would respond with two of their own, from Reininger and junior Allie Stewart to make it 9-2 at 13:48.
The Saints held their own over the next several minutes, scoring three unanswered goals, and tightening the Griffs lead to 9-5 with 10:19 left to play in the first half.
Following a Golden Griffins timeout, the team would again find an offensive spark, going on a 8-2 run in the last 10 minutes of the half, that included three straight goals heading to the break. Evans scored her final three goals of the day over the stretch, including the record setter at the 1:03 mark. Chad, Smolensky and Stewart also added goals, for a 17-7 halftime lead.
Out of the break, Chad and Stewart would increase the Griffs lead to a then game-high 12 (19-7). The Griffs and Saints would trade two goals apiece over the next 10:01 to put the score at 21-9 with 16:15 remaining.
Junior Rena Brown added her second goal of the season to make the score 22-9 at 15:04, before the Griffs would score three of the games final five tallies for a 25-11 final.
Junior Rebecca Vanlaeken picked up her eighth win of the season (8-4), while Siena’s Sammy Horton was handed her ninth loss of the season, moving to 1-9 overall.
With the win, the Griffs move to 8-4 overall, while going a perfect 3-0 in conference play. The Saints are now 1-9 overall and 0-2 in MAAC action.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“I think all in all it was a great effort by our team today, we had one little lull there, but our response was excellent coming out of a timeout.”
“I thought our upperclassmen stepped up, while Tessa and Erica both had great days. “
“Defensively we played strong, aside from giving up a few penalties, and I thought Rebecca VanLaeken held her own even when she faced some adversity. “
“It was great to see Erica get the goals record this afternoon. It is something that her and her teammates have worked extremely hard for, and we look forward to her continuing her strong play down the stretch.“
• With her seven points, Evans also passed former Griff Ashley Gray for fifth on the Canisius all-time list (197). Only four other players have reached the 200 point plateau for the Blue and Gold.
• Chad and Stewart each set career highs in goals, with five.
• Chad also had a career-high six points.
• Reininger recorded career highs in goals (4) and points (6).
• Chad, Evans and Stewart each recorded five goals in the win, the first time this season that three members of the team have recorded five tallies.
• Six members of the Blue and Gold recorded double digit goals in the win (Chad, Evans, Reininger, Roemer, Smolensky and Stewart).
• Five members of the team scored six points or more, Roemer (8), Evans (7), Chad (6), Reininger (6) and Smolensky (6).
• Evans led the team in draw controls (9) and ground balls (7), tying her personal record.
• Sophomore Brenna Shanahan led the Golden Griffins with five caused turnovers.
• Eight of the Saints eleven goals were on free position attempts.
• The 25 Canisius goals were one away from the program record of 26 set against Binghamton during the 2002 season.
• The Griffs have now won five straight and 19 consecutive MAAC regular season games.
Canisius will hit the road for their Saturday matchup, taking on their MAAC Championship opponent from a season ago, Monmouth, at 1 p.m. from West Long Branch, N.J.