Fairfield and Canisius will play for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's lacrosse championship at noon today at the Demske Complex. Not only will it be a rematch of the 2011 title game won by the Griffs, 13-8, in New Rochelle, it also will be a rematch of a dramatic regular-season encounter between the MAAC rivals.
Fairfield won that one, 12-11, in overtime after Canisius had scored the last four goals in regulation to tie the game. It's the fifth straight championship game for the Stags, who have won 30 conference regular-season games in a row.
Canisius advanced with a 14-5 semifinal victory over Marist on Friday while top-seeded Fairfield defeated Siena, 10-4. The Canisius victory was led by Morgan Leonard's career-best four goals while Maria Kotas (Lancaster) and Megan Oosting had three each. Carly Quinn picked up a pair of assists to give her a Canisius season record 70 points (28-42). Oosting tops the team with 52 goals. Lindsay Morgan (Lancaster) is next with 39. Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Scully stopped nine of the 14 shots she faced against Marist.
Meanwhile at Coyer Field, Karen Shaddock set a Buffalo State record for points in a game with 13 on nine goals and four assists as the Bengals' women's lacrosse team clinched the No. 3 seed in the SUNYAC playoffs with a 22-10 rout of visiting New Paltz in the conference season finale. Kendyl Clarkson had nine assists while Ashley Caporizzo had four goals, giving her 101 for her career, for Buffalo State (12-5, 5-3 SUNYAC).
Buffalo State will face No. 2 Fredonia in the SUNYAC semifinals at Cortland on Friday at 3 p.m.
MEN'S TENNIS: The University at Buffalo's season came to a premature end as the top-seeded Bulls were defeated by third-seed Western Michigan, 4-0, in the Mid-American Conference title match held in Maumee, Ohio. The Bulls finished the season 11-10.
The Bulls lost the doubles point, dropping the Nos. 1 and 3 matches, but scored at No. 2 with Damien David and Travis Zappia. Western Michigan closed out the match with singles wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 4.
UB's No. 2 singles player, Vusa Hove, who was leading his opponent Saturday when Western Michigan got the clinching point, was named to the MAC All-Tournament team along with Alex Kalinin, who was named for the third straight year.
In West Windsor, N.J., No. 3 seed Niagara had its best season in nine years end in a semifinal loss to No. 2 Fairfield, 4-3, in the MAAC Tournament. Lorenz Schojer, David Raymond and Olivier Dufour-Coursol scored singles victories for NU.