The Canisius College women's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a slow start as 16th-ranked Cornell earned a 16-10 win on Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs are now 0-2 on the season, while the Big Red wins its season opener.
"We played a nationally-ranked team really hard and I'm happy with our work ethic today," said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. "Unfortunately, we didn't play for an entire 60 minutes and we had a few too many lulls in the game that Cornell took advantage of. It is a step in the right direction from our first game and we just need to keep improving each contest."
Senior Morgan Leonard led the Griffs with five points and four goals on the afternoon. The senior also recorded a career-best seven caused turnovers in the loss, just one shy of the school record.
Sophomore Tori Quinn also recorded a career-best five points for the Griffs, netting three goals to go along with two assists. Seniors Meghan McGunigle and Lindsey Morgan both recorded two points on a goal and an assist with sophomore Whitley Perry rounding out the scoring for Canisius with a goal.
The Big Red raced out to an early lead in the game, netting the first two goals in just under three minutes of action. Canisius, however, answered back with tallies by McGunigle and Quinn as the Griffs knotted the contest at two. The teams then traded goals and the score was even at three with 19:12 remaining in the half but the Cornell defense shut the door the remainder of the period to take control of the game. The Big Red added three goals of its own to take a 6-3 advantage into the break.
Cornell then picked up in the second right where it left off in the first half. The Big Red scored three goals in the first 80 seconds of the half to stretch its lead to six, 9-3.
Canisius answered back behind the play of Leonard. The senior netted three-straight goals in just over four minutes of action to pull the Griffs back within three, 9-6. Cornell netted a goal shortly later but scores by Quinn and Perry cut the Big Red lead to two, 10-8, with 18:15 remaining in the game.
Cornell, however, responded and scored two goals just 18 seconds apart to take a 12-8 lead. After Quinn completed her hat trick, the Big Red netted four of the game's final five tallies for the 16-10 final.
The Big Red finished the game with a 27-20 advantage in shots and controlled the draw-control battle, 18-10.
Lindsay Toppe (4g, 3a) and Rachel Moody (2g, 5a) each led Cornell with seven points, while Courtney Gallagher recorded eight saves to earn the win.
Sophomore Kayla Scully anchored the Canisius defense with five saves on the afternoon.
The Griffs return to action next Saturday, playing at Binghamton. First draw is set for 4 p.m.
Game Notes: Kristy Grossman holds the school record with eight caused turnovers against Mercyhurst (April 7, 1999) and Saint Mary's (March 11, 2000) ... The last Griff to record seven caused turnovers in a game was Marissa Brown against St. Bonaventure on March 16, 2010 ... Junior Maria Kotas led the Griffs with a career-best five draw controls ... The Griffs are now 0-14 all-time against nationally-ranked schools ... Cornell is now 2-0 against Canisius, also earning a win last season in Ithaca.