The Canisius Women’s Lacrosse team looks to rebound after an unsuccessful season last year that saw the Griffs finish with an overall record of 3-15 and a conference record of 2-6.
Women’s lacrosse finished sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last year and were knocked out of the MAAC tournament in the quarterfinals by Siena. Canisius is projected to finish eighth in this season’s preseason poll, ahead of just Iona.
“They really responded well to the demands we put on them as an entire team. I also think they’ve really bought into the value of the fundamentals and the skill work,” head coach Allison Daley said. “Which is something that we felt lacked in areas last year that we want to make sure that we’re taking care of the little things.”
Canisius was outscored last season 285-181. Opponents dominated the Griffs last season in every statistical category. Canisius’s goaltending suffered with the team average goals-against average being 15.6 goals per game between the three goaltenders that played last season.
Canisius opens up their season on Friday, Feb. 7, against nationally-ranked Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse is ranked fourth in the country. The Griffs first home game will be against Merrimack on Feb. 16 at the Pinnacle Athletic Campus in Victor, N.Y.
MAAC play for the Golden Griffins will open up on March 21 with a home game against Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex. Canisius will round out their season with a home game on April 18 against MAAC opponent Fairfield at the Demske Sports Complex.
Canisius lost two of their top five scorers from last season. Senior Jourdan Roemer who led the team with 63 points last season and graduate student Jen Reininger who was fourth on the team with 32 points, both graduated last year. However, junior Marissa Malvaso is returning after a phenomenal sophomore campaign where she put up 46 points and was second on the team in scoring. Also returning is sophomore Katie Smolensky, who is coming off of an impressive freshman year with 12 goals and 13 assists for a total of 25 points last season. Along with the 19 returning players, Canisius women’s lacrosse welcomes 11 freshmen to the team this year.
“I think our team is in a good place right now, where they feel that we have something to prove, that last year was a blip in the radar for Canisius women’s lacrosse and it’s certainly not the norm for our program,” Daley stated.
Canisius women’s lacrosse has a lot of doubters to prove wrong this season after having a very lackluster season last year after coming off a MAAC Championship appearance the prior year. Daley has a great opportunity to develop a strong core of girls with three seniors and 11 juniors on the team to help guide and develop the 11 freshmen joining the team this season to help make Canisius a dominant program.