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QUICK START LEADS CANISIUS PAST MONMOUTH, 16-9

Updated: April 19, 2014 - 4:06 p.m. (ET)
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Canisius College (9-4, 5-1 MAAC) shot out to a 6-1 lead in the opening 16 minutes of the first half and kept pace with Monmouth’s (7-8, 4-2 MAAC) offense the rest of the way to win 16-9 on Saturday.

The Golden Griffins were led by junior Tori Quinn who finished with seven points on four goals and a trio of assists. The two-time reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champions also got a five point day out of sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio. Monmouth senior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) and freshman Kendall Lutts (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) each had a pair of goals for the Hawks.

“We struggled today with the draw and Canisius did a great job moving the ball on us,” said MU head coach Denise Wescott. “I thought our team started to settle in more in the second half but we need to start games the way we finish them.”

Canisius took a quick two goal lead before defender Kristina Vengeli (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) go the Hawks on the board with a goal at 19:21. The Griffs then rattled off four consecutive goals before Anderson’s first marker with 12 minutes remaining. Canisius scored four more in the final eight minutes of the half, including three from the stick of Quinn, to take a 10-2 lead into halftime.

The two teams traded goals over the start of the second half and the Hawks closed the gap to 12-5. Golden Griffin Meghan Cuddy tallied back to back goals over a 46 second span to give Canisius a 14-5 lead. Senior Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) cut the lead to eight but Canisius answered with two more goals. Lutts scored twice in the final 1:14 as the Hawks eventually fell by seven.

Junior defender Gracie Williams (Reston, Va./Herndon) had a pair of caused turnovers and four ground balls in the game. Five different Hawks scored a goal in the contest, including junior Emily Barbieri (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) who had a goal and an assist.

Canisius held a 25-21 edge in shots and won 18 of the 27 draw controls in the game. Monmouth committed 15 turnovers, compared to 11 for the Griffs.

Monmouth wraps up the home portion of its schedule against Fairfield on Wednesday at 3 p.m. That game will be carried on Hawk Vision.
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