A close game throughout the first half, Canisius outscored the Raiders, 8-1, in the second stanza. The Griffs also held a 16-3 advantage in shots after the intermission, while forcing 16 Colgate miscues.
"We played very well in the second half today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "We could have put the game away early but didn't capitalize on our offensive chances. Kayla (Scully) played really well in the first half with 11 saves to give us the lead. We responded in the second half, however, and basically dominated every aspect of the game."
Senior Megan Oosting led the Griffs with four points on three goals and one assist in the victory, while freshman Tori Quinn netted her first career hat trick. Senior Carly Quinn posted three points on a goal and two assists with junior Lindsey Morgan adding two tallies.
Junior Morgan Leonard, sophomore Maria Kotas and freshmen Tori Greco and Whitley Perry rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with a goal each.
Freshman goaltender Kayla Scully anchored a strong defensive performance for the Griffs, recording a career-best 12 saves in the victory. As a team, Canisius matched a season high by recording 18 caused turnovers with Morgan and senior Rachel Brand both posting a career-best four caused turnovers.
The Griffs grabbed the early advantage in the contest and never looked back. Carly Quinn gave Canisius the lead 49 seconds into the game and Oosting quickly stretched the team's advantage just 55 ticks later. Colgate netted two of the next three goals but Tori Quinn and Perry gave the Griffs their largest lead of the first half, 5-2, with just over eight minutes remaining. The Raiders, however, answered back with the final two goals of the stanza as the teams headed into intermission with Canisius leading, 5-4.
The Raiders owned a 20-11 advantage in shots during the opening 30 minutes of play but Scully helped send the Griffs into halftime with the lead, matching her career high with 11 saves in just the opening period.
It was a different story in the second half as the Griffs controlled the period. Morgan netted the first two goals of the frame in just over three minutes for a 7-4 Canisius advantage. Colgate tallied a goal with 24 minutes remaining to pull within two, 7-5, but the Griffs would keep the Raiders off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. Oosting ignited a 6-0 Canisius run to finish the contest en route to the 13-5 victory.
Overall, the Griffs finished the game with a 27-23 advantage in shots and a 30-26 edge in ground balls. The Raiders won the draw-control battle, 12-8, but committed 23 turnovers to 17 for Canisius.
Courtney Miller scored four of Colgate's five goals on the afternoon, while Jennie Berglin and Christina Roe combined to make eight saves in net.
Canisius returns to conference play on Saturday, playing at MAAC foe Marist. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: The New York schools were meeting for the first time in women's lacrosse ... The 18 caused turnovers are just three shy of the team record, accomplished against Manhattan during the 2010 season ... Canisius entered the game ranked sixth nationally with 10.09 caused turnovers per game ... The goal for Greco was the first of her collegiate career.