BUFFALO, N.Y. - On Saturday April 27, the Marist women’s lacrosse team (8-8, 4-1 MAAC) will be playing its final conference and regular season game on the road at Canisius (11-4, 5-0 MAAC) beginning at 11:00am. The Red Foxes will look to extend their four-game winning streak before entering the MAAC tournament. Meanwhile, the first place Golden Griffins are coming off a close loss to #18 Boston College will be looking to bounce back and end their season with a perfect conference record.
Red Foxes & Golden Griffins- The Red Foxes control their own destiny on Saturday in which if they beat the Golden Griffins they will move into first place and will be the top seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament that will be hosted at Tenney Stadium. Marist will be look to avenge its season-ending 14-5 loss that it suffered against the Golden Griffins in last year’s MAAC tournament in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Red Foxes won their previous regular season meeting with the Golden Griffins on April 14 in Poughkeepsie by a score of 13-11.
All-time, Marist holds a 15-4 advantage over Canisius, though the Red Foxes’ last win in Buffalo came on April 11, 2008. The final score of that contest was 15-14 Marist.
Scouting Canisius: Canisius has won its last nine out of 10 games and sits in first place of the MAAC with an 11-4 record and a 5-0 mark in conference play. Before their 12-10 loss at #18 Boston College the Golden Griffins were on a nine-game winning streak outscored their opponents, 136-49.
Defensively, the Golden Griffins are led by sophomore goalie Kayla Scully who has anchored one of the nation’s top defenses in the country this season. Scully has posted a 7.16 goals against average and .540 save percentage in 13 starts. Morgan Leonard (2.80), Lindsey Morgan (1.87) and Maria Kotas (1.27) support their goalie with the top three caused turnovers per game averages in the MAAC.
Sophomore Tori Quinn leads the team and conference with 64 points on 39 goals and 25 assists. Morgan Leonard has scored a team-best 44 goals this season, netting a career-best four goals in seven straight games from March 19 to April 13. Other leading scores for the Golden Griffins, include Maria Kotas (32g-19a), Lindsey Morgan (28g-11a).