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First Place on the Line Between Griffs and Stags
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 04/06/2012
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A rematch of the 2011 MAAC Championship and a matchup between the last two unbeatens in MAAC play this season pits the Canisius College women's lacrosse team and Fairfield on Saturday. First draw at the Demske Sports Complex is set for 11 a.m.

OFFENSE VERSUS DEFENSE
• Saturday's game will feature the MAAC's best offense in 2012 versus the league's top defense.
• Canisius currently ranks first in the conference with a scoring offense of 13.63 - two goals per game higher than any other team in the MAAC.
• Meanwhile, Fairfield has a scoring defense of 8.8 - the fewest by two goals per game.
• The key to the game could lie in whoever wins the draw-control battle and force their tempo on the game. In 2011, Fairfield won the draws, 14-6, in its 12-8 regular-season win. The Griffs then won 16-of-23 draws in their 13-8 tournament win.

OOSTING'S CAREER DAY LEADS GRIFFS
• Behind a career day from senior midfielder Megan Oosting on the offensive end, the Griffs remained perfect in MAAC play with a 16-11 victory at Siena on Wednesday.
• Oosting netted a personal-best seven goals in the victory, topping her previous career high of five goals. The seven tallies are just one shy of the program's record.
• Overall, Oosting leads the Griffs with 30 goals this season and ranks second with 32 points.

OOSTING EYES GRIFFS' CAREER GOALS RECORD
• With her performance against Siena, Megan Oosting is back on pace to break the program's goals record.
• Oosting currently has 126 career goals, which ranks third in the school's record book.
• The senior is just 14 goals shy of the program's all-time mark, currently held by Ashley Gray (140).
• With at least six games remaining, if Oosting continues at her current 2012 pace of 3.33 goals per game, she will net 20 more goals this season and record 146 career scores.
• Oosting entered the week second in the MAAC and 35th nationally in goals per game.

TEAM DEFENSE
• The Griffs continue to be strong on the defensive end thanks to its aggressive play.
• Canisius entered the week ranked first in the MAAC and ninth in Division I with 9.44 caused turnovers per game this season.
• In Wednesday's 16-11 victory over Siena, the Griffs collected 15 caused turnovers, its second-highest number in 2012. Juniors Morgan Leonard, Lindsey Morgan and sophomore Gabby Kotas all led the team with three caused turnovers.
• Leonard leads the Griffs with 21 caused turnovers. She entered the week first in the MAAC and 10th nationally with 2.00 caused turnovers per game.

CANISIUS - FAIRFIELD HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to 1999, Fairfield holds an 11-4 advantage against Canisius.
• In the schools' most recent meeting, the Griffs ended a five-game losing streak to the Stags with a 13-8 win in the MAAC Championship.
• Fairfield took the regular-season matchup at home, winning 12-8.
• Canisius is 1-5 all-time against Fairfield in Buffalo, losing the last two meetings. Two of the Griffs' four victories in the series have come on a neutral field.

ABOUT THE STAGS
• Fairfield has won its last two games and enters the contest with a 7-3 overall record and 2-0 conference mark.
• The Stags have won their last 26 MAAC regular-season games, a conference record.
• A strong defensive team in 2012, Katie Keenan has anchored the team this season in net. She owns a .529 save percentage and 8.75 goals against average.
• Chloe Mangan and Melanie Raso lead the team with 25 points this season. Mangan has netted a team-best 22 goals, while Raso leads the Stags with 10 assists to go along with 15 scores.


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