"It was a fantastic lacrosse game today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "It was a matchup of two even teams and I thought we slipped up a little in the beginning of the second half and lost the game then, coming out of the break a little flat-footed. It was great to see us battle back and have a chance to win right at the end but their goalie made a great save. We look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the MAAC Tournament and another great game."
Senior Carly Quinn led the Griffs with four points, netting three goals to go along with one assist. Senior Megan Oosting also tallied a hat trick with sophomore Maria Kotas adding three points, two goals and one assist.
Junior Morgan Leonard scored two goals, while also leading the Griffs with three caused turnovers and three ground balls on the defensive end. Junior Lindsey Morgan rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal.
The Stags netted the first two goals of the game in just 2:55 to grab the early advantage but Canisius responded with three-straight tallies to take its first lead of the day. Quinn and Leonard scored to tie the game and Oosting then netted a free-position goal for the 3-2 advantage with 15:36 remaining in the opening half.
Fairfield answered back and scored three of the game's next four goals to take a 5-4 lead with just under seven minutes left in the half. Quinn, however, netted her second goal of the game with just six seconds remaining to send the contest into the intermission squared at five.
The Stags came out of halftime the much stronger team, quickly racing to a 9-5 lead. Fairfield won the first four draw controls of the period and scored on its first four shots of the half before Canisius could have settled possession in the Stags zone. The Stags' fourth tally of the half with 22:40 remaining forced a Canisius timeout in hopes of changing the momentum.
Canisius won the ensuing draw control and Kotas finished the opportunity for the Griffs. However, Fairfield answered back to reclaim its four-goal lead, 10-6, with 17:53 remaining in the period. The Griffs were then whistled for a yellow card, giving the Stags a man-up advantage. Leonard turned the momentum back toward Canisius with a crucial man-down caused turnover and setting up the Griffs' late rally.
Kotas netted her second goal of the game for the 10-7 score with 13:56 remaining and Oosting won the ensuing draw control, raced down the field and finished just 17 seconds later to pull Canisius within two, 10-8. The Griffs again won the next draw control and Leonard buried a tough-angle shot with 11:58 left for the 10-9 score. Quinn then completed the Canisius comeback with her third goal of the game, knotting the contest at 10 with 5:14 left in regulation.
The Stags won the ensuing draw control but freshman defender Casey Depauw forced a Fairfield miscue, giving Canisius possession with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. The Griffs held the ball until just under a minute left and was awarded with a free-position chance with 35 ticks remaining. However, Morgan's low shot was saved by Fairfield's Katie Keenan to send the contest into the extra session tied at 10.
Fairfield gained the first possession of the overtime and scored 1:04 in for the go-ahead tally. The Griffs won the next draw control but quickly turned it over and the Stags held for the last shot of first overtime stanza, converting a free-position chance with five ticks remaining.
After switching sides, Canisius won the first draw control of the second overtime frame but another turnover gave the ball back to the Stags. Fairfield successfully kept the ball away from Canisius for the next two minutes before Oosting caused a turnover with 25 seconds remaining. The senior then netted her third goal of the game with just five seconds left from the 8-meter arc but Fairfield won the final draw control to seal the victory.
The teams were nearly even in every statistic during the 66-minute battle. Canisius held a slight advantage in shots, 24-22, and ground balls, 16-14, while the Stags had the edge in draw controls, 15-12.
Amanda Best led Fairfield with five points on three goals and two assists with Keenan recording six saves in the winning effort.
Freshman netminder Kayla Scully recorded five saves for the Griffs.
Canisius takes a break from MAAC action on Tuesday, playing at Colgate. First draw in Hamilton is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Game Notes: Saturday's game was a rematch of the 2011 MAAC Championship, which Canisius won, 13-8 ... The Griffs have not defeated Fairfield in the regular season since 2006 ... Canisius lost the draw-control battle for the second-straight game and for just the third time this season ... The Griffs are 1-5 this season in games decided by three or fewer goals ... It was Canisius' first overtime game since a 16-15 victory against Marist in 2010 ... The overtime loss was the first for the Griffs in the program's history. Canisius entered the game with a 4-0 all-time record in extra sessions.