The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team (10-6, 6-2 MAAC) dropped the regular season finale to Fairfield (12-4, 7-1 MAAC) on Saturday 11-9.
The teams will meet again in six days in the second semifinal of the MAAC Championships. The loss drops the Griffs to the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championships, while Fairfield will occupy the No. 2 seed. Marist (No.1) and Monmouth (No. 4) will play in the other semifinal.
The teams went back and forth for much of the first half, but the Stags opening the second-half by scoring six-unanswered goals was too much for Canisius to overcome.
“I think we made too many unforced errors today,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “I don’t think we played with our heads today, the effort was there, but the unforced errors and missed opportunities cost us the game today. We’ve got five days to get focused before we play Fairfield again.”
The Griffs got on the board first, with sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull finding the back of the net on a free position opportunity. The Stags would net three unanswered, including two of Jenna Slowey’s game-high four goals to take a 3-1 lead.
Junior attacker Whitley Perry and senior midfielder Maria Kotas then scored back-to-back goals to pull the Griffs back to even at 3-3, but the Blue and Gold would fall behind again when Riley Hellstein netted a pair to open another two-goal lead for Fairfield.
Canisius used a 3-0 run to close the half, with goals by junior attacker Tori Quinn, junior midfielder Tori Greco (who finished with a career-high three goals) and Bull, to head into a locker room with a 6-5 lead.
It would be the final time the Griffs led however, as Fairfield stormed out of the locker room netting six-straight goals to open up its largest lead at 11-6.
Kotas scored with just over 11 minutes left in the game to break a 22-minute drought, and Greco would tack on two more, but Canisius couldn’t complete the comeback
Junior goalkeeper Kayla Scully made nine saves in the loss.
Canisius will next play in the MAAC Semifinals on Friday, May 2, in a repeat of today’s game. First draw is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.
GAME NOTES: Greco’s three goals were a career-high. The junior recorded her first multi-goal game at North Carolina on Feb. 19 this season… The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Griffs… It’s just the second time Canisius has been held under-16 goals in MAAC play this season. Both games (today and Apr. 2 vs. Marist), Canisius was held to nine goals. They lost both games.