"We came out in the first half today and played pretty sound defensively as were able to build a lead," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "I thought we got away from our defensive systems a little in the second half but we regrouped and got back on track for a good conference win. Kayla Scully played strong between the pipes to anchor our defensive effort and we just need to take all the positives from today and get ready for Siena on Wednesday."
Senior Carly Quinn led the Canisius attack with seven points in the victory, netting two goals to go along with five assists. Junior Lindsey Morgan led the Griffs with five goals, matching her career high.
Junior Morgan Leonard netted a hat trick, while sophomore Maria Kotas and freshmen Whitley Perry and Tori Quinn each added two tallies. Freshman Meghan Cuddy rounded out the scoring for the Griffs with one goal.
Freshman netminder Kayla Scully anchored the Canisius defense with a career-best 11 saves in the win, while junior Gina Molfetta stopped one shot in relief. Leonard also contributed a game-high three caused turnovers on the defensive end.
Tori Quinn opened the scoring in the game with a free-position goal 4:12 into the contest and the Griffs never looked back. Canisius netted the first five goals of the game and outscored the Jaspers 9-2 in the opening 30 minutes to head into intermission with the commanding seven-goal advantage.
The Griffs stretched their lead to as many as nine goals early in the second stanza and the Jaspers were never able to threaten and pull closer than six tallies. Overall, Canisius outscored Manhattan 8-7 in the second half en route to the 17-9 victory in both schools' conference opener.
Canisius finished the game with a 35-26 advantage in shots on the afternoon and a 16-12 edge in draw controls. Manhattan also committed 21 turnovers (11 forced by the Griffs), compared to just 14 for Canisius.
Chrissy Gutenberger led the Jaspers with three tallies in the defeat, while Christina Fiorinelli stopped nine shots on goal.
The Griffs continue MAAC play with a road contest on Wednesday at Siena. First draw in Loudonville, N.Y. is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: Canisius has won five-straight games against Manhattan and 6-of-7 contests after losing the first eight meetings of the series ... The Griffs improved to 6-8 all-time in MAAC openers, including 6-4 under Teeter ... Carly Quinn has recorded 28 points (17g, 11a) in her career against Manhattan, posting at least seven points for the third-straight season against the Jaspers ... Quinn also moved to second in the school's record book in career assists. The senior now has 70 career helpers, surpassing former teammate Taylor Gray, who recorded 69 assists from 2008 to 2011 ... Morgan netted five goals in a game for the third time in her career ... In starting the last two games for the Griffs, Scully has posted a .600 save percentage and 7.75 goals against average.