April 4, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Megan Oosting proved to be too much to contain for the Saints Wednesday afternoon in Siena's home conference opener. Oosting scored seven goals as defending MAAC Champion Canisius defeated the Saints 16-11.
Canisius (5-5, 2-0) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead midway through the first half, but from then on the Saints (2-9, 0-2) played the Preseason MAAC favorites evenly.
Trailing 10-6 at the half and 11-6 early in the second half, the Saints slowly chipped away at the deficit. Siena scored four of the next five goals to pull within 12-10 with 17:44 remaining.
Katie Maguire scored three of the four goals during on what was a career afternoon for the junior. Maguire, who has scored all 19 of her goals over the past eight games, posted career-highs of four goals and seven draw controls.
But the two-goal deficit was as close as the Saints would get as Canisius responded with the next three scores to put the game away. Oosting scored the next two goals for the Golden Griffins including the game-winner. She added three groundballs and won three draw controls.
Canisius out-shot the Saints 27-22 and held a 22-9 edge in groundballs. However the Saints, thanks in large part to Maguire, held a decided 17-11 edge in draw controls. Canisius entered the game ranking eighth nationally in draw controls.
Michelle Andreo added a hat trick while Deirdre McQuillan and Shannon Pfohl each scored twice to round out Siena's scoring.
Lindsey Morgan, Tori Quinn and Theresa Walton all scored twice for Canisius, while Carly Quinn added four assists.
The Saints return to action Saturday when they host Manhattan at Siena Turf Field at 1 p.m.