Lewiston, N.Y. – The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 14-4 win over Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara on Wednesday night. The Griffs won their sixth-straight contest to improve to 8-3 on the season and 2-0 in MAAC play, while the Purple Eagles drop to 4-8 and 0-2 in league play.
“We got off to a fantastic start again and that was the difference,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “We made the most of our shots early in the game and took advantage of our opportunities to build a big lead at the half. However, we need to play better in the second half if we want to reach our potential this season.”
Senior Lindsey Morgan and sophomore Tori Quinn both led the Griffs with a game-high five points in the win. Morgan netted four goals to go along with one assist, while Quinn recorded two goals and three helpers.
Senior Morgan Leonard also netted four goals to go along with a game-high five caused turnovers, while junior Maria Kotas chipped in four points on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Meghan Cuddy and freshman Caroline Ogden rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.
Sophomore Kayla Scully anchored the Canisius defense with four saves to earn the victory before giving way to senior netminder Gina Molfetta, who recorded two stops in relief.
The Griffs scored early and often in the contest, taking the lead and never looking back. Quinn opened the scoring 3:08 into the contest with Leonard following with three of the team’s next four tallies as Canisius grabbed a 5-0 lead, forcing an early Niagara timeout.
Overall, the Griffs scored the first seven goals of the game and outscored Niagara, 10-1, in the opening 30 minutes of action. Canisius also outshot the Purple Eagles, 18-4, and forced Niagara into 11 first-half turnovers.
The Griffs continued to control the action in the second stanza and their lead reached as high as 13 goals, 14-1, before the Purple Eagles netted the final three tallies for the 14-4 final.
Canisius finished the game with a 30-14 advantage in shots, while forcing the Purple Eagles into 19 turnovers.
Four different players scored for Niagara with Paige Sasser finishing with 10 saves in net.
Canisius continues MAAC play on Saturday, playing at Manhattan. First draw is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius has now won the last nine meetings against Niagara … The Griffs have outscored opponents, 94-36, during the team’s six-game winning streak(average of 15.7 to 6.0) … The six-game winning streak is now the second-longest in school history and the longest since Canisius won eight-straight during the 2011 season … The Griffs now lead the Battle of the Bridge series, an annual all-sports competition between the two schools, 16-11.