Daley picks up first win over Binghamton

 

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Jen Reininger leads Canisius in scoring so far this season with 10 goals. (Photo courtesy of Canisius Athletics via Dillon Vibes)

 

By Sam Brouwere

Senior Sports Reporter

The Griffs’ women’s lacrosse team won their first game of the season over the Binghamton Bearcats Monday, 13-12.

Four minutes into the game, senior Jen Reininger got the first goal for the Griffs, getting the team in the right mindset early on in the contest. The Bearcats then scored three goals over the span of two minutes to give them a 3-1 with 24:07 remaining in the first half. The Griffs then responded with a 5-0 run of their own to take a 6-3 lead.

In the remaining ten minutes of the half, the Bearcats scored three more goals and the Griffs scored two, making the score 8-6 at halftime in favor of the Griffs.

The Bearcats scored the opening goal of the second half, but the Griffs responded with three straight goals to take an 11-7 lead with 19:32 remaining. The Bearcats then scored two of the next three goals to narrow their deficit to 12-9, but Reininger scored her fifth goal of the game to give the momentum back to the Griffs. Binghamton did score the remaining three goals of the game to make it close, but they weren’t able to get the tying goal.

“It was good,” head coach Allison Daley said about getting her first career win. “Heading into that game we were 0-3, so there were various emotions for everybody, but it was nice to find that first win and get it over with. I thought it was a good feeling for the team.”

Reininger was a big reason why the Griffs were so successful in the game against the Bearcats and she has certainly helped the team on and off the field. She leads the team with 13 goals scored and provides leadership to the squad.

“Jen [Reininger] has been outstanding for us,” Daley said. “Her character as a person shows on the field for sure. She’s really stepped up for us when we’ve needed her the most. She plays hard and has really bought into our system and our team culture.

“She’s a player that you want playing for your team. She represents Canisius in the best way possible and I couldn’t be prouder of the success that she’s had this season.”

Prior to the win against the Bearcats, the Griffs traveled to Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 26, losing a heartbreaker in overtime against Oregon, 12-11.

Canisius started the game strong, leading 6-2 with 12:32 remaining in the first half. The Ducks would then go on a 3-0 run to close out the half, decreasing their deficit to 6-5.

The second half was filled with runs by both teams. At the beginning of the second half, the Ducks scored right away to tie the game up, 6-6. Roemer then scored a goal with 21:45 remaining to put the Griffs back in the lead. The Ducks scored two straight to give them the lead, but the Griffs were able to regain the lead with a 3-0 run of their own to put the score at 10-8 with 11:03 remaining.

Oregon then scored three straight goals to take a one-goal lead with just over 4:08 remaining in regulation. Roemer then tied the game up for the Griffs to send the game into overtime. Canisius would go on to lose in overtime.

Canisius will now host the Delaware Blue Hens this afternoon in their home opener, with faceoff slated for 4 p.m. The Griffs will also welcome the Yale Bulldogs to the Demske Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

 

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