By Sam Brouwere
Senior Sports Reporter
The Griffs improved their conference record to 5-1 with a road win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday, 12-7.
“It was a big win for us,” head coach Allison Daley said. “Coming off the game against Marist, we wanted to keep that momentum rolling for us. We were able to move the ball extremely well. Offensively, we saw people work together and continue to see a few more people get on the score sheet and just by us executing some different looks for us.”
The Bobcats got off to a quick 1-0 lead when they scored just over two minutes into the game. The Griffs then responded by going on an 8-1 run, with Bryar Cummings, Jen Reininger, Jourdan Roemer, and Allie Stewart all scoring two goals each during the stretch. This gave the Griffs the lead at the end of the first half, 8-2.
“It was nice for us to come out and have a strong first half,” Daley said. “It wasn’t something that we’ve seen a ton from our girls this season, so it was nice that we were able to settle in and play our style of lacrosse.”
The Bobcats responded early in the second half by picking up a goal, but Roemer then picked up her third goal of the game to extend the Griffs’ lead, 9-3. The Bobcats proceeded to go on a 4-1 run of their own to reduce their deficit to 10-7 with 5:48 remaining.
The Griffs ended the Bobcats’ comeback attempt with two more goals from Reininger and Roemer, winning the conference contest, 12-7.
On Sunday, the Griffs traveled to Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y. and lost in a neutral site game to North Carolina, 22-3.
Canisius was outscored in the first half, 10-3, as Roemer scored all three goals for the team against quality competition. The Tar Heels scored 12 more goals in the second half and the Griffs were held scoreless over the 30-minute frame.
“There were times, defensively, that we played three minutes of defense and did some really nice things during that time,” Daley said. “In those defensive stands, I felt there was strong communication and it was their third, fourth or fifth opportunity that they capitalized in those moments.
“A team like UNC is going to score if you give them that many opportunities and it was nice that it took them, at times, five times to break our defense. It was also nice to see Jourdan [Roemer] pick up the hat trick.”
In the game, senior goalkeeper Rebecca Van Laken set a program record for saves in a season with 178. She passed Daley, who was the Griffs’ goaltender from 2008-11 and was the previous record holder with 174 in her freshman year.
“She’s been absolutely incredible,” Daley said. “She’s been a brick wall for us and she’s confident. She’s really confident right now and has been a leader for us. She’s not getting in her own way and she’s just seeing shots one save at a time. She’s really stepped up and has helped keep us in games. She’s having her best year yet. She continues each game to step up her game and really elevate her play.”
The Griffs (9-5 overall, 5-1 MAAC) now have two games left that will determine if they will host the MAAC Tournament or not.
Canisius will host Fairfield on Saturday and the Stags are currently in a three-way tie for third in the conference with a 4-2 record along with Monmouth and Niagara.
Following the game against the Stags, the Griffs will wrap up regular season play as they travel to Lewiston, N.Y., to play Niagara on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.