Wildcats drop Griffs in season opener

 

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Rebecca Van Laeken tied Allison Daley’s single-game save record last weekend at Northwestern. (Tom Wolf/Canisius College)

 

By Sam Brouwere

Senior Sports Reporter

The Griffs’ women’s lacrosse team opened up their season last Saturday with an 18-7 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats in Chicago.

Only 9:30 into the game, the Griffs were down early, 5-0, before senior Jen Reininger  put Canisius on the board, scoring with 17:26 remaining in the half. The Wildcats then outscored the Griffs, 5-3, in the remaining minutes of the half to put their lead at 10-4 heading into halftime. Junior Jourdan Roemer scored two of the goals, and senior Allie Stewart scored the other.

Northwestern then added four goals right away to start the second which extended their lead to 14-4 over Canisius. Senior Lauren Smolensky ended the Wildcats’ run with a goal for the Griffs. The Wildcats were then able to outscore Griffs 4-2 in the remaining minutes of the game. Reninger and Stewart split the pair of goals.

The game, which wasn’t exactly the result that the Griffs wanted to see, gave the team experience against a quality team.

It was also the first regular season game for new head coach Allison Daley.

“It was exciting,” Daley said. “We certainly opened up with a tough opponent, but we knew that going into the game. We wanted to compete and take it one step at a time. We talk with our girls about taking things day-by-day. We’ve been together for three weeks, and it’s been a fresh start for the team.

“It was a big opening game for us, but we knew that we had to fight and compete in every moment and that’s one of the biggest takeaways from the game.”  

The Griffs will next travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to play Michigan today at 1:00 p.m.

This will be another excellent opportunity for the Griffs as they’ll gain experience playing another quality opponent. The Wolverines have already lost their first two games of the season. Canisius beat Michigan last year at Michigan Stadium, 18-10.

“Michigan is a good team. They have a new coach also and is very exceptional when it comes to the game of lacrosse,” Daley said. “I think we match up really with them and I think it will be an excellent battle. A true test for us is to see if we get an early lead, can we continue that and if we find ourselves in a hole, can we be resilient enough to power through that. I think it’s going to be a good test and the girls are excited.”

After the game against the Wolverines, the Griffs will travel to Eugene, Ore. to play the Oregon Ducks on March 5.

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