The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 16-9 win over Monmouth (7-8, 4-2 MAAC) on Saturday afternoon behind junior attacker Tori Quinn’s seven points.
Quinn scored four goals and added three assists on the day, with all-four goals coming in the first half to get the Griffs got off to a fast start once again. Canisius opened up an eight-goal lead (10-2) heading into the half.
“I thought today was another solid team win,” said head coach Scott Teeter. "I thought we got out to an excellent start by taking care of draw controls and the game was won in the first half by us finishing our shots and finishing two-point plays on defense."
Senior midfielder Maria Kotas (two goals and three assists) and sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio (four goals and one assist) each chipped in five points for the Blue and Gold.
Junior Meghan Cuddy scored three goals in the game, while sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull netted two and junior midfielder Tori Greco added another to round out the Griffs’ scoring.
The teams traded goals to start the second half, with Canisius holding a 12-5 advantage with 15 minutes to play. The Griffs would then go on a 4-1 run to put the game away for good at 16-6 with the Hawks tacking on the final three goals in the last two minutes.
The Griffs won 18 draw controls to Monmouth’s nine to control the possession of the game. Kotas won seven draws, while Bull collected five. Kotas and Bull each caused two turnovers as well in the contest.
Senior defender Gabby Kotas led the team with four ground balls, and junior defender Casey Depauw also turned in a strong defensive effort with three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Junior goaltender Kayla Scully made six saves and allowed just seven of Monmouth’s nine goals in just over 58 minutes of action. The net minder also picked up two ground balls.
Canisius will next play its final road contest of the season on Wednesday, when the Griffs travel to longtime rival Niagara. First draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: With the win, Teeter moves to 101-100 all-time as a head coach, marking the first time he’s held a record over .500 in his career… Depauw’s three draw controls set a new career high… Quinn’s eight points were one shy of her season high, which came at Iona on March 29.