NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
Canisius (13-6) vs. Cornell (13-4)
7 p.m. Friday at Ithaca
Online: Live on ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com
NCAAs: There are 26 teams in the NCAA field, and 110 schools play Division I lacrosse. This is Canisius’ fifth NCAA appearance in the last six years. It’s Cornell’s fourth NCAA appearance but its first since 2006.
Team rankings: Cornell is ranked 13th in the nation. The Big Red is 12th in scoring defense, 23rd in caused turnovers. Canisius is 17th in scoring offense and 21st in scoring defense.
Coaches: Cornell’s Jenny Graap is 157-108 in 19 seasons. Canisius’ Scott Teeter is 130-114 in 14 seasons.
Canisius: Teeter has built a powerhouse thanks in part to strong recruiting of Rochester-area and Canadian players. Sophomore Erica Evans, from Peterorough, Ont., has 69 goals in 19 games and ranks second in the nation in scoring. Senior Taylor Giglio of Oswego has 48 goals and is 42nd in the nation. Just two of Canisius’ 12 starters are seniors.
Cornell: The Ivy League is tougher than the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Cornell has played eight ranked teams, Canisius two. Big Red goalie Renee Poullott has the ninth best goals-against average in the nation and is 28th in save percentage. Defender Catie Smith is 12th in the nation in caused turnovers. The leading scorer is senior Olivia Mattyasovszky, with 30 goals.
Quotable: “Cornell’s a great team,” Teeter said. “They play in a difficult Ivy conference. I think we match up well against them. . . . I think they excel in defensive play. It will be good to see our offense going up against a great defensive team. From what I see on from, they are very good at going from man to man to zone back to man to man while the play is going on. They could go into different types of defenses without missing a beat.”
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children and students at Cornell’s Schoellkopff Field.
Next: The winner plays at noon Sunday in Ithaca against the winner of the 4 p.m. Friday game between Princeton and Massachusetts.