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Canisius splits MAAC semifinal lacrosse matches

Both of the Canisius College lacrosse teams took part in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s postseason playoffs on Friday night. It was a split decision, as the women advanced to the final while the men were eliminated.

The women (14-4, 9-0) had no trouble advancing to the MAAC final for the seventh straight year, as the Golden Griffins took a 16-6 decision from Niagara. The game was played before 550 at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Top-seeded Canisius took charge of this one right from the outset. The Griffs led the Purple Eagles, 5-0, after the first 11 minutes of play. Canisius had a 13-1 lead at the half, using a 19-4 edge in shots to be in control. Erica Evans had four goals and two assists for the Golden Griffins, while Tessa Chad and Jen Reininger had three goals each. MacKenzie Molodetz had two goals for No. 4 seed Niagara, which did have a 5-3 edge in goals in the second half. Next up is a Sunday noon game at the KAC against Fairfield for the MAAC title. The Stags beat Marist, 15-8.

The men’s hopes of winning the conference title ended in Poughkeepsie. The No. 2 Golden Griffins dropped an 8-5 decision to Marist, the third seed.

The Red Foxes were in control for much of the contest. Connor Kearnan of the Golden Griffins scored late in the first period to tie the game, 1-1, But Marist scored the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead, and held on from there.

Kearnan finished with a hat trick and has 35 goals on the season. Lewis Vaccaro and Eric Gold also scored for Canisius (6-9, 4-3).

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