March 13, 2009

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Navy Scores Final Three to Beat Canisius

from press release

BUFFALO - The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team rallied all the way back from a 5-0 deficit, but allowed the final three goals of the game and lost 15-13 to Navy at the Demske Sports Complex on Friday.

Senior Chelsea Martinez led the Golden Griffins (3-4) with six points on the day, including a game-high four goals. Senior Ashley Gray and sophomore Ashley Curtis each had three goals and one assist for the Griffs as Rachel Brand, Theresa Walton and Marissa Brown also scored for the Griffs.

“I’m proud of the way our team battled back, because we could have easily given up going down 5-0 at the start of the game,” Canisius coach Scott Teeter said. “We can’t continue to dig ourselves a hole, because we saw again today that a strong effort for 60 minutes is required to win a game.”

Navy scored the opening five goals of the game, taking a 5-0 lead with 21:51 remaining in the first half on a goal by Mary Ruttum. The Griffs responded with two consecutive goals from Martinez before Navy scored three straight to make it 8-2.

Canisius started its comeback by scoring five of the final seven goals of the half, with the last two coming from Gray. The senior made the score 10-7 with 16 seconds remaining in the first half.

Navy scored the first goal of the second half to make the score 11-7, but Canisius held the Mids scoreless for more than 20 minutes. During that stretch, Canisius scored five unanswered goals. Brown started the run and Curtis scored the next two to pull Canisius within one at 11-10 with 17:57 remaining.

Martinez tied the game a few minutes later and then gave Canisius its only lead of the game on her 23rd goal of the season with 10:10 remaining.

Navy tied the game with 6:20 left on Ruttum’s second goal of the day. Curtis scored her third goal of the day with 5:34 remaining to make the score 13-12.

Navy then scored the final three goals of the game, with Erin Rawlick’s goal at 1:57 tying the game and Caitlin Mandarin Hill’s second goal of the game proving to be the game-winner with 1:08 remaining.

Mandrin Hill led all players with seven points as Rawlick and Kierstin King led Navy with three goals apiece.

Canisius returns to the road on Sunday, playing at Binghamton. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Game Notes: Martinez matched a career high with six points for the second-consecutive game and set a career high with two assists... Gray passed Whitney Card for second in school history with 165 career points (117g, 48a). Card recorded 164 points (137g, 27a)... Martinez passed Alana Chan for fourth in school history with 98 career points (89g, 9a). Chan recorded 95 points (57g, 38a).


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