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Canisius Women’s Lacrosse beat Manhattan 11-8


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After trailing 8-5 with 17:06 left in regulation time, Canisius women's lacrosse reeled off six-straight goals to upend Manhattan, 11-8 at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday morning. The Golden Griffins improved to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in conference action, while Manhattan dropped to 3-6 and 0-1 in conference action.
It appeared as if Manhattan had taken control of the contest, as the squad scored three unanswered goals to end the first half, followed by three of the next four to open the second frame. The run helped the Jaspers increase its lead to 8-5 midway through the half. 
However the Griffs answered back just under three minutes later, as Jourdan Roemer took a Lauren Smolenksypass and buried her 18th goal of the season to start the string.
Offensively Allie Stewart matched a career-best with five goals, tallying a pair during the run, including the game-tying marker. Jen Reininger registered four points in the win, notching a hat trick and an assist.
Also scoring goals for the Blue and Gold was Marissa Malvaso who finished with a goal, Roemer who tallied three points (one goal and two assists) and Bryar Cummings who notched a marker.
The Griffs defense meanwhile, buckled down at the right time, holding the Jaspers to just three second-half goals, and none in the final 17 minutes.
Leading the defensive unit was Nicole Nelson who came up with critical caused turnovers at the right times and finished with four in the game. She also tallied three ground balls.
Rebecca VanLaeken got the start in net and finished with six saves and eight goals allowed for her fourth win of the season. She also led the team with four ground balls.
The Manhattan offense was spread around, as five players finished with two points each. Kara Hodapp, Grace Owens and Alaina Burgess all finished with a pair of goals each to lead the Jaspers.
Nikki Prestiano got the start in net and made seven saves and allowed 11 goals in the losing effort.
"Give credit to Manhattan, they came out and battled extremely hard. They're a hardworking team that showed a lot of heart and hustle. In our performance today, we did something we hadn't done before this season and that was coming back when we were down at halftime. I think that's credit to the team and the girls in the locker room, that we trusted our process and continued to play within our systems and build on our foundation."
"I reiterated to the team that we couldn't ask for a better group. We have great leadership from our captains and our senior class. I can't credit our team enough for everything they've done and their ability to battle, work hard and trust the systems."
• With the win Canisius extends its all-time series lead against Manhattan to 11-9.
• The Griffs have now won 10-straight against the Jaspers.
• Canisius is now 6-5 when playing the Manhattan at the Demske Sports Complex
• Stewart matched a career-best in goals in a single game, tallying five, with the last coming against Siena on April  5, 2017.
• Today's game was the first time the Blue and Gold won a game when trailing at halftime, and are now 1-2 when down at the break.
• Reininger tallied her fourth hat trick of the year.
• Stewart's five goal performance is the first hat trick of the season for her and the second time she's reached five points in her career.
• The Blue and Gold's regular season MAAC winning streak has now been pushed to 25 games.
The Blue and Gold continue its season next week with a  pair of games. Canisius first travels to face No. 9 Virginia for a Tuesday showdown in Charlottesville, Va. The Griffs then wrap up the week at Iona for its second MAAC matchup of the season. Game times are set for 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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