BUFFALO, N.Y.- Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team (2-6) dropped its final non-conference match of the season by a score of 14-9 to Canisius College (5-3) on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hawks overcame a slow start to climb to within one at halftime but the Golden Griffins responded with five unanswered goals over the first 13 minutes of the second frame to take a insurmountable 13-6 lead.
Griffin sophomore Tori Quinn led all scorers with six points, on three goals and three assists, while MU junior Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/RMU) had five points on two goals and three assists.
Canisius senior midfielder Morgan Lindsey notched four unanswered goals over a five minute stretch in the early part of the first frame to help the Griffs sprint out to a 6-2 lead with 15:11 left in the half. Marial Pierce (Middleburg, Va./St. John's Catholic), the reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, scored the two MU goals to keep the Hawks in the game. It was then Monmouth's turn to dominate, as MU tied the score up at 6-6 with four straight goals spanning from 12:17 to the 4:22 mark. Sophomore Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) started the scoring with an unassisted marker, her eighth goal of the season. Monmouth then climbed to within one on consecutive goals from senior Sam Savona (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty/FDU), which came 21 seconds apart and on feeds from Gibbons. Gibbons found the back of the net herself on a free position shot to knot the game at 6-6 and end the four-goal run by the Hawks. Golden Griffin Tori Quinn regained the lead for her squad with a free position goal with 2:49 to play.
The Golden Griffins pushed their halftime lead to 10-6 with a trio of goals in the first six minutes of the second half, two coming from the stick of Quinn. Canisius followed that up with three goals in 90 second span to take a 13-6 advantage. Gibbons ended the run with her unassisted marker at 15:06, however the Hawks would score just two more times in the final minutes.
Pierce scored three goals in the contest, giving her 12 goals in the last five Monmouth contests.
MU outshot Canisius 27-25 but Griffin netminder Kayla Scully made 11 saves in the contest for the win. Hawk goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic Seminary) had five saves and three ground balls in the setback.
Monmouth opens NEC play at home on Friday, March 22 when they host LIU-Brooklyn at Kessler Field at 3 p.m.