Women’s lacrosse looks to bounce back in 2021

Senior Marissa Malvaso (above) along with her sister Miranda will look to lead the Griffs in the huddle and on the stat sheet. (Canisius Athletics/GoGriffs)

Canisius women’s lacrosse team will look to bounce back from a disappointing shortened season last year that saw them finish 1-5 before the COVID-19 shutdown canceled the rest of the season. 

Head coach Allison Daley will return for her third straight season and will look to make strides with her team this year with a lot of key personnel returning. 

Some key returning personnel for Daley would be senior twin sisters Miranda and Marissa Malvaso. Marissa recorded 18 points for the Griffs last season and Miranda had 13. The Syracuse natives will look to have extraordinary senior seasons this year. Another key returning player for Canisius this season is junior Katie Smolensky. The Rochester native made a big impact last season with 21 points and will look to build on her strong performance coming into this season for the Golden Griffins.

Canisius will look to senior Lauren Gilbert to have a solid year in net this season. Gilbert had a rough year last season with a 14.64 goals against average and .417 save percentage. Backing her up this season will most likely be redshirt junior Emily Van Kessel. Last season, she would come in for Gilbert when games started to get out of control last season. These two will look to bounce back together and give Canisius some solid goaltending this season.

Canisius women’s lacrosse brought in 10 freshmen this year along with bringing back eight sophomores, six juniors and 11 seniors this season. Canisius will look to their veterans to guide them through the season. 

This season, Canisius will strictly be playing MAAC opponents this season and will not play out of conference games. Canisius will play a total of 12 games this season. The Golden Griffins will open their season on March 6 with a two-game set against Siena. Their first game at the Demske Sports Complex will be March 19, when they will play a two-game weekend series against Marist. An interesting thing about Canisius’ schedule this year is that they have stretches of where they are on the road and stretches where they are home.  

The Golden Griffins have a veteran core that could do damage and ultimately bring a MAAC championship back to Canisius.

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