Juniors Erica Evans and Jen Reininger, along with sophomore Tessa Chad, led Canisius with four goals each, as the Blue and Gold gained an 18-3 road victory over Monmouth for their sixth consecutive win and 20th straight in regular season conference action. The Griffs are now a perfect 4-0 in conference play this year and move to 6-2 on the road.
Senior Ashley Bull set the tempo for the afternoon affair, recording a Griffs single-game record of 12 draw controls, while adding three goals and three ground balls to her stat line.
After nearly eight minutes of scoreless action to begin the game, Bull got the scoring going for the Golden Griffins, putting home a goal off of a ground ball at 22:21 of the first.
The Griffs would then hit their stride, scoring the next six goals, for a 7-0 lead at 10:40. Bull would add her second of the day during the run, while Chad (2), Evans and juniors Lauren Smolensky and Allie Stewart also added markers.
Monmouth would get on the board at 7:40, on a goal by the Hawks leading scorer Olivia Higson, while Chad added a goal with less than a minute left before the half, to give the Blue and Gold an 8-1 lead at the break.
Reininger dominated the game out of the halftime break, scoring three goals in the first 3:20 of the half, extending her goal streak to 13 straight games.
Canisius would score nine consecutive goals through the first 22:30 of the second for a dominant 17-1 lead with 7:30 left to play. Reininger would notch her fourth goal of the day in the stretch, while Bull, Chad, Evans (2) and Stewart also added goals.
Over the last 4:43 of the game, Monmouth scored two of the final three goals to give the Golden Griffins the 18-3 win.
Junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken recorded the win in net for Canisius, making six saves, and moved to 9-4 overall. Riley Brager received the loss for the Hawks, moving to 3-8 on the year.
With the win, Canisius is now 9-4 overall, while Monmouth is now 4-9 on the year.
Head Coach Scott Teeter’s Postgame Comments
“Ashley had a great overall game for us today. She did a good job of controlling the draw and got us going offensively. Anytime you win the draw control margin by that number, you’re hard to beat.”
“We had a really balanced attack on offense, when you get that many players going it’s tough for a team to game plan against you and figure a way to slow you down.”
“Corbliss did a good job defensively on Erica, but she found a way to have another productive game for us.”
“It was nice to see Bull get the single-game draw record and Erica get her 200th point. The records have been piling up for us lately and we’re happy with where we are right now as a team.”
• Bull broke her own record draw control record of 11, that was also held by Evans.
• Evans got her 200th career point on her second goal of the afternoon. She is one on five players to reach the 200-point mark in program history.
• The preseason player of the year also passed former Griffs Maria Kotas and Lauren Walsh for third on the Canisius all-time points list at 203.
• Evans had a game-high six points in for the Blue and Gold, while also leading the team with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
The Griffs will look to keep the conference success going when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Wednesday, for a 4 p.m. matchup against Marist.