The Canisius College women's soccer team returns to the Demske Sports Complex this weekend to wrap up their 2011 regular season slate. The Golden Griffins control their own destiny for a spot in the MAAC Championship when they host conference opponents Fairfield and Iona. The Golden Griffins open their final weekend of regular season play against Fairfield on Friday evening at 7 p.m as the team hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Night. On Sunday afternoon, Canisius will celebrate Senior Day when they host Iona at 1 pm.
FAIRFIELD STAGS (5-6-5, 3-2-2 MAAC) AT CANISIUS GOLDEN
(8-6-3, 3-2-2 MAAC)
• In the last meeting between Canisius and Fairfield, forward Brianna Smith scored two goals in the Griffs’, 4-2, win over the host Stags on Oct. 22.
• Fairfield is 7-1-1 when playing the Griffs on the road. The last time the Griffs captured a home victory over the Stags was on Oct. 1, 1995 in a 2-1 win.
• The Stags are coming off a 4-0 Senior Day win over Rider on Oct. 23.
• Fairfield will close out its regular-season schedule in Western New York, playing Niagara on Sunday afternoon this weekend.
SERIES RECORD vs FAIRFIELD: 4-15-1 (.167)
LAST MEETING vs FAIRFIELD: Win, 4-2, at Fairfield, Conn. (10/22/10)
IONA GAELS (5-9-3, 4-2-1 MAAC) AT CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS
• The Golden Griffins have won four straight versus Iona, dating back to 2007.
• Canisius head coach Jim Wendling is 4-0-0 against the Gaels, including a 1-0 win over the Gaels at the 2009 MAAC Championship.
• The last victory the Gaels managed to capture at the Demske Sports Complex came on Oct. 14, 2005.
• Last season, the Golden Griffins captured a 2-0 victory over the Gaels on Oct. 24. Smith added a pair of goals to her season total in the win.
• Iona has played to double-overtime in three straight contests.
SERIES RECORD vs IONA: 11-10-2 (.522)
LAST MEETING vs MARIST: Win, 2-0, at New Rochelle, N.Y. (10/24/10)
CANISIUS WEEKLY NOTES:
The Canisius College women’s soccer team will host Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Friday, October 28, when the Golden Griffins face MAAC opponent Fairfield at the Demske Sports Complex with the game set for 7 p.m. As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Golden Griffins will auction off their gameworn pink uniforms to the highest bidder following the game. The event will also feature a raffle and bake sale. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute towards breast cancer awareness.
SENIOR DAY CELEBRATION
On Sunday afternoon, the Golden Griffins' women's soccer team will honor six seniors, who will be making their final appearance at the Demske Sports Complex when the Griffs face Iona at 1 p.m. The six Griffs include goalkeeper/midifelder Caroline Robert, back Kate Sloane, midfielder Jenny Griffin, back Christina Franceschi, back Dina Gabrielli, and forward Kelly Reinwald.
THE CHASE IN ON
With the 2011 MAAC Championship a week away, three of the four spots are up for grabs among six eligible teams. Marist has clinched the top-seed in the MAAC Championship and can capture the regular season title with a tie or win over Siena on Saturday, Oct. 29. Ironically, four of the six teams will be playing in the Western New York region as Iona and Fairfield will be playing both Canisius and Niagara in their weekend MAAC series. Currently, Fairfield and Canisius find themselves tied for fourth place with 11 points. Niagara and Iona are currently tied for second place with 13 while Loyola is in sixth with 10 points followed by Siena in seventh with 9 points.
ThE TOP SPOT BELONGS TO REINWALD
With a pair of assists, Kelly Reinwald became the all-time point leader (105) in school history as Canisius tied MAAC foe Marist, 2-2, on Oct. 23 at Tenney Stadium. Reinwald’s two points allowed the 2011 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year to pass former Golden Griffin Kris Moller (1984-86), who previously occupied the top spot with 103 career points.
TAKING IT FROM THE CORNER
The Golden Griffins last three goals have been scored off of a Reinwald corner kick. In the Griffs’, 2-2, draw with Marist, all four goals in the contest were scored off of corner kicks.
LET THE STREAKS BEGIN
Sophomore back Adrianna Suk has scored a point in back-to-back games as she scored the game-tying goal on Oct. 21 followed by an assist on Oct. 23. Reinwald has restarted her point streak, recording a point in each game this past weekend. The forward was on a six-game point streak before being held without a point versus Niagara on Oct. 15.