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CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Lewiston, N.Y. | NU Athletic Fields 
TV/Webstream: MAAC.TV
Live Stats: PurpleEagles.com
Series History: Canisius leads 14-10
Last Meeting: 
3/5/2018 (N) Niagara 6, Canisius 16


LAST TIME OUT
• Despite scoring four-straight goals to open the second half and erasing a 7-3 Fairfield lead, the Canisius women's lacrosse team fell to the Stags, 11-8, at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday morning. 
• The Blue and Gold bounced back in  the second half, down 7-3, as the squad tallied four-straight markers, capped by a Jourdan Roemer tally at the 23:20 mark. Roemer's 44th goal of the season knotted the game up at 7-7, and forced a Fairfield time out to regroup.
• The timeout seemed to work well for the Stags, as the team responded out of the break and went on to score three of the next four goals.
• Allie Stewart kept Canisius' hope alive as she tied things at 8-8 with 19 minutes remaining, however Fairfield's defense stiffened and kept the Griffs off the scoresheet the rest of the way.
• Lauren Smolensky and Stewart led the team in points, on senior day, posting three each. Smolensky tallied a goal and two assists, while Stewart recorded two goals and one assist.
• Jen Reininger also posted a pair goals along with Bryar Cummings. Roemer was held in check for most of the day but got free for a goal in the second half.

A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER
• As we head into the final two games of the MAAC season, and teams jockey for seeding, Canisius has punched its ticket to the 2018 conference championship.
• With its win over Quinnipiac last Saturday, the Blue and Gold clinched a berth into the tournament for the 11th-straight season. 
• Canisius was the first team to have its ticket punched, as the squad currently sits in a traffic jam with five other teams, boasting a 5-2 record. 
• Wednesday's match-up at Niagara will prove to be a critical one, as teams await the MAAC's final seeding. 

SCOUTING CANISIUS
• The Golden Griffins come down the homestretch on Wednesday, as the team takes on Niagara in the final regular season contest of 2018.
• The game proves to be a critical one, as the Blue and Gold are tied with four other teams, with a 5-2 record.
• Canisius has been led offensively by Jourdan Roemer, who comes into the contest with 67 points (43 goals and 24 assists). 
• Roemer's 68 points is ranked second in the conference, averaging 4.25 points per contest through 16 games. 
• Not far behind is Jen Reininger who has tallied 41 goals and eight assists for 50 points. 
• The Blue and Gold has also received goal scoring from Allie Stewart (23 goals) and two assists), Lauren Smolenksy (nine goals and 12 assists) and Bryar Cummings (16 goals and one assist) 
• Marissa Malvaso and Miranda Malvaso have continued to get stronger with each game, as the freshmen have been strong complimentary pieces in their first year.
• Marissa Malvaso has tallied 12 goals and two assists, while Miranda Malvaso has tallied three goals. 
• Rachel Ryan has also been moved into a more offensive role, as she now has four goals on the season. 
• Reininger, aside from goal scoring, has been all over the stat sheet, leading the team in ground balls with 55, draw controls with 87 and caused turnovers with 25.
• Reininger is ranked 10th in the nation in ground balls with a 3.44 average. 
• Rebecca VanLaeken has been one of the nation's best goaltenders, ranking second in the country in saves (188) and third in saves per game (11.75). 
• VanLaeken comes into the game with a 12.00 goals against average and a .499 save percentage. 

NOTING NIAGARA
• Niagara enters its final game of the season with an 8-8 overal mark and a 5-2 MAAC record.
• The Purple Eagles are one of the five teams 
• Niagara's offense has scored more goals (197) than any other MAAC team. Their 12.31 goals per game is the third-best average in the conference.
• Niagara has taken more shots (493) than all other MAAC schools. They also rank third in shots per game (30.81).
• Rachel MacCheyne continues to lead the conference in goals (53), points (70) and points per game (4.38).
• Niagara is the only school with two players in the top five in draw controls. MacCheyne has won 105 draws (second) while Alexandra Higgins has won 82 (fifth).
• Grace Hunt leads the team with 18 assists.


SERIES HISTORY VS. NIAGARA
• Wednesday will be the 25th meeting between the Griffs and Purple Eagles, and Canisius holds a 14-10 record all-time. 
• While Niagara has gotten the better of the Blue and Gold at the Demske Sports Complex, Canisius holds a 7-3 record in Lewiston, N.Y.
• The series has been an odd one with Niagara reeling off 10-straight wins before Canisius won its first game in 2005, and hasn't lost since. 

VANLAEKEN HAVING A HISTORIC SEASON
• Goalie Rebecca VanLaeken is having a historic campaign, for the Blue and Gold, as she is second in nation in total saves (188) and is third in the country in saves per game with a 11.75 average. 
• With her eight saves against No. 5 North Carolina she has set the new program-best for saves in a season.
• She passed current Canisius head coach Allison Daley, who posted 174 back in 2008.
• VanLaeken has also surpassed the 500 saves plateau, boasting 515 for her four-year career, which ranks her second all-time. 
• Daley is the all-time career saves leader as she posted 662.