First MAAC win sets tone for weeks ahead

by Robert Janish Jr.

Sports Reporter

After the slow start Canisius women’s lacrosse faced this campaign, they kicked their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season off with a convincing 17-7 win over Quinnipiac last Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex.

Seniors Tori Quinn, Meghan Cuddy, and Junior Taylor Giglio led the team with four goals each en route to the team’s first MAAC win in their first MAAC game of 2015. Senior goalkeeper Kayla Scully got her second consecutive win in net for her team in the game.

“Actually, it was a real special feeling,” Canisius coach Scott Teeter said when referring to his team’s opening win in the MAAC over Quinnipiac. Although not on the sidelines for his team’s big win, Teeter saw the game and thought the difference in the game was that “we came ready to play and we played hard for a whole 60 minutes.”

Along with the victory against Quinnipiac to open MAAC play for the team, senior Tori Quinn earned seven points, including four goals. As a result, she passed her sister and now holds the record for most career points in the history of Canisius women’s lacrosse.

Teeter said that Quinn has been special for this team since day one at Canisius. “She’s a special player and it was a real special honor for her to break her sister’s record.”

Teeter also added that it would be a tough record for someone to break in the future with changes taking place in the game itself. He explained that the Quinn sisters have been “key cornerstones to our success over the past five years and have raised the bar to the next level.”

Teeter also addressed the recent success of Scully, who is on a three-game win streak. He commented on how “she’s keeping us in the game, she’s making the saves she needs to make, and that’s all we ask for her is to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win.”

After the momentum the team received after beating Quinnipiac, they went on to play against the  University of Delaware. Junior Ashley Bull and Freshman Erica Evans led this team with three goals apiece in this victory for Canisius. Scully, for the third straight game, earned the victory for her team.

After starting MAAC play 1-0, then beating a team that was nationally-ranked not too long ago, things seem to be looking up for Canisius women’s lacrosse.

Teeter explains that right now, the team is on a high after beating MAAC-opponent Quinnipiac and Delaware, who had been nationally ranked for two or three weeks this year and were around 21 or 22 in the national rankings.

While playing Delaware on Wednesday, Teeter said adjustments were made after the first half and it “elevated the team, and they proved to me they can make those adjustments, and we dominated in the second half, outscoring them 6-0.”

He added that the team’s on a three-game winning streak and “we’re starting to see flashes of brilliance that, if we can put it together on all areas of the field at one time, we’re going to be a force to reckon with.” However, despite their recent success, Teeter cautions that the team needs to take the season day-by-day, game-by-game, and minute-by-minute.

As the team approaches the next couple weeks of the season and truly begins their MAAC schedule, Teeter can’t stress enough the importance of taking the season a day at a time and “not overlooking our next opponent to look to the next opponent.”

Teeter says that as the season has progressed, the entire team has been maturing well, including the younger players who are being lead by their fellow upperclassmen. Teeter adds that “what we just need to do is play consistently.” He addresses how throughout the course of the season, there have been games in which the offense was playing at their best, and the defense was a bit off, and there would also be games during year in which those roles reversed for the offense and defense.

However, he explains that the last couple of games, “every area in the game has been on.” Teeter also says that the team feels confident right now when it relates to all areas of the game. “We’re going into our MAAC play relatively on a high, but we haven’t reached our fullest potential yet, and it’s real exciting as a coach.”

Teeter says the main thing for this team right now is to keep them focused. “It’s good to get unraveled when things aren’t going well, but on the counterpart, it’s easy to lose your focus when things are going extremely well,” he added. “We need to keep them dialed in, keep them in the moment and keep them focused on the task at hand. We have one thing to worry about, and that’s the opponent and make sure we come to play on game day.”

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