Carly Quinn was running late and Megan Oosting wanted to wait. It's not too surprising for the senior pair. Quinn has been setting Oosting up for the better part of their Canisius College careers.
Take senior day for example, the last home game of the regular season. Quinn heard that Oosting needed one more score to become the all-time goal leader in Golden Griffins history. And so even as Quinn found herself in the perfect position to score in the final moments of the game, she waited for Oosting and set her up for the final goal.
"Megan is a great player. She does everything well," Quinn said. "It was our senior day and that was a huge accomplishment for her. I was willing to do whatever it took to get that day. Our team really is like a family. We're always looking to push each other and we feed off each other's success."
And that success just keeps spiraling upward.
Oosting and Quinn will help anchor the Griffs who defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title when they host the conference tournament Friday and Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex. Canisius (8-8, 4-2 MAAC) is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Marist at 8 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to play the winner of No. 1 Fairfield-No. 4 Siena at noon on Sunday. The MAAC champion gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
"This year has been a different role for us," Oosting said. "Usually we're the underdogs but this year we've been the team to beat. We've had a target on our backs. I'd say it's given us extra motivation."
Oosting has the Canisius record with 145 career goals, 49 of them coming this season. Quinn meanwhile is just seven points off the all-time points record with 193 in her career, including 89 assists.
But the individual records serve to underscore the team accomplishment. Before 2008, Canisius had qualified for the four-team MAAC tournament field only once. Since 2008, the Griffs have been in the top four every year.
"Year after year, we've been saying that the graduating class is the winningest in program history and that's just remarkable for me to keep saying," Canisius coach Scott Teeter said. "They keep raising the bar to a higher level and reaching that level. We have a good, solid group. They know their roles and they play their roles to a T."
The Griffs lost to Marist, 13-11, in Poughkeepsie on April 14 and slipped up against Fairfield, a 12-11 loss in overtime. Both are games the Griffs want back and having a second crack at their rivals in postseason is motivating.
"The team likes that rematch mentality," Teeter said. "We know we didn't play at the top of our game [in the regular season meeting]. The key will be all the girls playing within their roles and taking care of the little things. If we do that, we should be fine."
> Tundo stars at Stony Brook
Former Orchard Park standout Jeff Tundo has landed at Stony Brook to continue his lacrosse career. Tundo played two years at Ohio State but was suspended and then left school after the Buckeyes men's lacrosse team was involved in a hazing incident. Tundo had scored 43 goals with 27 assists in 27 career games at Ohio State.
At Stony Brook, Tundo has 20 assists with nine goals in 12 games, and in February was named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award watch list -- the honor given to the best player in collegiate lacrosse.
The Seawolves (4-9 overall, 3-1 America East) will close out the regular season at Albany on Saturday. With a win, Stony Brook would be the No. 1 seed and have home field advantage throughout the conference tournament.
> Bulls earn top tennis seed
The University at Buffalo men's tennis team earned the top seed for the Mid-American Conference tournament this weekend in Toledo, Ohio. The Bulls knocked off IUPUI (an affiliate MAC member for men's tennis), 6-1, on Sunday to improve to 10-9 overall, 4-1 in the conference. The No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Damien Davidi and Vusa Hove, both finished undefeated in their regular season MAC matches.
This marks the second time in three seasons that Buffalo took the top seed for the MAC tournament. The Bulls get a bye into the semifinal round on Friday with the championship set for Saturday.
> Buffalo rowing gets airtime
If you watched NBC's coverage of the NHL playoffs over the weekend, you might have caught a glimpse of the University at Buffalo women's rowing team walking along the Charles River in one of the network's "scene-setting" shots of Boston.
Not only did the Bulls get a spot on national TV, they also picked up some impressive wins. All three heavyweight eights won their races as Buffalo faced off against MIT and Massachusetts on the Charles River. Winning boats included the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the novice eight.
The Bulls will race in their Colonial Athletic Association conference championships on Sunday at Occoquan River in Fairfax Station, Va.