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Griffs Look to Keep Streak Alive in MAAC Play
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 10/19/2012
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The Canisius College women's soccer team will look to improve on its two-game win streak in conference play this weekend, as they hit the road to face MAAC opponents Rider and Loyola. The Griffs will first take on Rider on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Ben Cohen Field before traveling to Loyola to face the Greyhounds at 1 p.m at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

SMITH RECEIVES CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR
Junior Brianna Smith earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her game-winning goals in the Golden Griffins’ sweep of conference opponents Saint Peter’s and Manhattan. For the second consecutive contest, Smith scored the game-winning goal, as the Golden Griffins defeated Manhattan by the score of 2-1 in the team’s home finale at the Demske Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. Prior to Sunday’s win, Smith rallied the Griffs to a 3-2 comeback win in double overtime over Saint Peter’s on Friday evening with her first career hat trick. With just under three minutes remaining, Smith buried a one-on-one opportunity to give the Griffs a 3-2 win and their first conference win of the season. Smith led the Griffs’ offense, accounting for close to half of the team’s 28 total shots with 12 in the contest.

TURNING ON THE OFFENSE
Smith helped snap the Griffs’ six game winless streak in the win over the Peacocks. Smith has accounted for six of the Griffs’ last seven goals since opening conference play on Iona on Oct. 5, registering 12 points in the span of four games. As the Griffs’ leading goal scorer and point leader, she currently has ten goals for 20 points on the season. She is currently the MAAC leading goal scorer and is tied for the lead in game-winning goals (3).

STEPPING UP IN GOAL
Entering the Griffs’ contest as relief on Friday evening against Saint Peter’s in the 11th minute, sophomore Brigid St. Leger incurred a 2-0 deficit. The sophomore kept the Peacocks scoreless, while the Griffs’ offense staged a 3-2 comeback win in double overtime for the team’s first conference win of the season. St. Leger registered her first career win in over 75 minutes of action with one save against the Peacocks. Earning her second career start on Sunday afternoon against Manhattan, the Cazenovia, N.Y. native tied her career game-high with nine saves to collect her second consecutive win. On the weekend, the sophomore posted a 0.54 GAA and a .909 save percentage with a 2-0-0 record.


CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (4-12-0, 2-4-0 MAAC)

AT
RIDER BRONCS (7-3-3, 2-2-1 MAAC) 

GAME #17: OCT. 19, 2012 • 7 P.M.
BEN COHEN FIELD • LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.

RIDER NOTES:

• Rider is currently unbeaten in their last three MAAC contests with a pair of wins and a tie. In recent action on Oct. 13, the Broncs tied visiting Loyola, 1-1.
• For the third time this season, freshman Tara Ballay was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week. The back/midfielder has scored in each of the Broncs’ last two games against Saint Peter’s and Loyola, bringing her season total to four goals on the season to lead the Broncs. 
• Prior to last season’s 5-1 loss to the Broncs, the Griffs had won five straight against the Broncs. This included a 1-0 victory in the MAAC Championship semifinal matchup in 2010. 

SERIES RECORD vs RIDER: 8-7-1 (.531)
LAST MEETING vs RIDER: L, 5-1, at Demske Sports Complex (Oct. 9, 2011)

 

CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (4-12-0, 2-4-0 MAAC)
AT
LOYOLA GREYHOUNDS (7-4-4, 3-1-1 MAAC)

GAME #18: OCT. 21, 2012 • 1 P.M.
RIDLEY ATHLETIC COMPLEX • BALTIMORE, MD.

LOYOLA NOTES:

• In MAAC action, the third-place Greyhounds boast a 3-1-1 record. Each of the Greyhounds’ three conference wins have come by shutout.
• 2010 and 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Nicole Schiro currently leads Loyola in points (21), goals (9), shots (56), and shots on goal (29). In addition to leading the Greyhounds, she currently leads the MAAC in both points and shots.
• After going unbeaten in 20 previous contests against the Griffs in all-time meetings, the Greyhounds have dropped the last two contests.

SERIES RECORD vs. LOYOLA: 2-20-1 (.091)
LAST MEETING vs.
LOYOLA W, 3-2, at Demske Sports Complex (Oct. 7, 2011)


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