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Solid effort gives Griffs MAAC title

The Canisius women's lacrosse team put the final touches on its season-long goal to repeat as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions on Sunday by beating Fairfield, 15-11, at the Demske Sports Complex.

The Griffs (10-8) advanced to the NCAA Tournament play-in game at Massachusetts on Sunday. The Minutewomen (18-1) defeated Richmond, 14-9, in the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"We took care of the draw controls today and that played a huge part in our victory," Canisius coach Scott Teeter said. "We were rock solid on defense. On offense, we took care of the ball and put it into the back of the net when it counted. It was just a solid all-around effort for a complete 60 minutes."

Canisius also faced Fairfield in last year's final, winning by 13-8.

Courtney Chmil netted a free position goal for Fairfield with 15:32 left to put the Stags ahead, 4-3, but it was their final lead of the game.

Canisius scored three unanswered goals in a 91-second stretch to take a 6-4 lead that it would not relinquish. Morgan Leonard knotted the score with 9:56 to go and Lindsay Morgan (Lancaster) struck for consecutive goals within a 1:04 span to put the Griffs in front.

Leonard earned MVP honors after leading the Griffs during the weekend with eight goals, nine points, seven draw controls and four ground balls. Sunday, the junior matched season highs with five points and four goals.

She was joined on the MAAC All-Tournament team by Canisius seniors Megan Oosting and Carly Quinn, Morgan and sophomore Maria Kotas (Lancaster).

The 15 goals scored by Canisius are the most that Fairfield allowed all season. Quinn and Morgan matched Leonard with a game-high five points. Quinn recorded two goals and three assists and in the process, matched the Canisius all-time points record. The senior has 200 career points on 106 goals and 94 assists, tying the record by Lauren Walsh (2005-08). Morgan recorded her five points on four goals and one assist.

Oosting recorded four points, three goals and one assist on the offensive end to go along with a Canisius postseason-record seven draw controls. With her three goals, Oosting raised her season total to 55 to set the school's single-season standard.

After recording a career-best four points in the semifinal victory, Kotas chipped in an assist, four draw controls, one caused turnover and one ground ball in the winning effort. Freshmen Meghan Cuddy and Tori Quinn rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.