Canisius’ mastery over Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse postseason came to an end Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex.
The Stags defeated the No.1 seeded Golden Griffins, 9-7, in a mild upset. The Griffs had edged Fairfield, 11-10, on the road in the regular season.
Fairfield (14-4) claimed the MAAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament, after Canisius had represented the conference in the nationals the last four years.
“Although we didn’t reach our goal. … we still had an extremely strong season, led by a very successful season,” said Canisius coach Scott Teeter.
Canisius scored three goals in a row — by Tori Quinn, Meghan Cuddy and Ashley Bull — for a 3-1 lead, but Fairfield took a 4-3 lead into halftime then rattled off the first four goals of the second half for an 8-3 advantage with 12:42 left. Canisius cut the margin to 8-7 on Cuddy’s third goal of the game with 6:00 to go but got no closer. Fairfield added an insurance goal by Alex Fehmel, her third of the game with 1:56 left.
The teams were close in ground balls, draw controls and shots, but a big difference was 12 turnovers by the Griffs to seven by Fairfield.
Quinn had two goals in the loss and ended her career with 154, tying the Canisius career record set by Megan Oosting.
SOFTBALL: Penn State Behrend defeated host D’Youville twice on Sunday to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship.
Julie Luke’s single in the bottom of the 13th inning scored Amanda Krolczyk with the winning run in a 3-2 victory that gave the Lions the AMCC title and the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Lions, who lost to D’Youville, 3-0, on Saturday, won Sunday’s first game, 2-1, to stave off elimination.
Rachel Miller pitched four innings in the first game for Behrend and went the distance in the final. She outdueled D’Youville ace Kalie McHenry (Sweet Home). McHenry pitched a three-hitter in the opener and struck out six. She allowed 11 hits in the finale with eight strikeouts.
Mackenzie Kahlenbeck (Niagara-Wheatfield) doubled home the D’Youville run in the first game. Her RBI single gave D’Youville its only lead of the day in the top of the 13th of the second game.
Deprived of the opportunity to play its way into the Atlantic 10 Conference playoffs because its last three games were cancelled, St. Bonaventure backed in Sunday. The Bonnies (7-11) made the field as the No. 6 seed when St. Louis won at UMass, 10-5, knocking the Minutewomen (8-14) out of the tourney.
The Bonnies (15-22) will face Fordham, the No. 3 seed, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in Amherst, Mass.