By Sam Brouwere
Senior Sports Reporter
In a game that had to be decided in three overtime periods, the Griffs women’s lacrosse team got one of the sweetest victories in program history.
Last Sunday, Canisius defeated Yale, 10-9, in a triple-overtime thriller at the Demske Sports Complex.
Freshman Marissa Malvaso scored three goals, including the game-winning goal 13 seconds into the third overtime period. She earned MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday for her performance against the Bulldogs.
“It was fun to be apart of,” head coach Allison Daley said. “Yale was certainly a quality opponent. It was one of the more exciting games that I’ve been apart of but it was good to see the girls pull it out in the end.”
The Griffs got going quick, as they led 6-4 after the first half. Malvaso scored twice while Jourdan Roemer, Jen Reininger and Allie Stewart each netted goals of their own.
Bryar Cummings and Roemer scored quickly to open the second half, putting the Griffs up 7-4 with just over 22 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs then scored a goal to reduce their deficit to two, but the Griffs responded with a pair of goals from Roemer and Stewart to give the Griffs a 9-5 lead.
Yale then went on a four-goal run to tie the game up at 9-9, forcing the game to have to be decided in overtime. Both the teams had plenty of opportunities to win the game in the first two overtime periods but wasn’t decided until Malvaso’s goal in the third overtime.
Prior to the win over the Bulldogs, the Griffs were bested by the Delaware Blue Hens, 16-9.
The Griffs were tied with the Blue Hens after the first half, 5-5.
In the second half, the Blue Hens took control of the game with a 7-2 run, putting the Griffs in a 12-7 deficit with 12:52 remaining. The Griffs were unable to overcome this deficit as the Blue Hens outscored the team 3-2 in the remaining minutes.
Canisius extended their win streak to two games on Thursday when the Griffs defeated Bryant at a snowy Demske Sports Complex, 7-6.
Reininger and Roemer each recorded hat tricks for the Griffs (3-4), who won’t return to action until next Saturday (March 24) when Canisius opens MAAC play at home against Manhattan.