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Canisius, Fairfield meet again in lacrosse final

Canisius (13-5, 8-0 MAAC) and Fairfield (13-4, 7-1) will meet in the final game for the third time in five years today when they clash in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse playoffs at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs have won all three past championship games against the Stags.

It is also the fifth year in a row Canisius under coach Scott Teeter has played in the conference championship game. The Griffs defeated Marist last season.

Canisius advanced to the final with a 15-7 triumph over Marist on Friday night, the fourth year in a row they have ended the Red Foxes’ season.

Fairfield defeated No. 3 seed Monmouth, 8-7, also on Friday.

In their regular season meeting, Canisius held off Fairfield, 11-10, on April 11 in Connecticut with freshman Erica Evans scoring four goals for the Griffs including what proved to be the game winner.

Although Canisius has enjoyed recent postseason success against Fairfield, the Stags have won seven of the last nine regular season meetings between the Jesuit rivals.

Sunday’s winner will earn the MAAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.