Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Canisius Claims its Second Consecutive MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  May 07, 2017

BUFFALO, NY – No. 1 Canisius College (15-4, 8-0 MAAC) defeated No. 2 Fairfield University (12-6, 7-1 MAAC), 13-10, to claim its second-straight MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship and the sixth in program history. The Griffs' six MAAC Championships are the most in conference history, they have won all six within the last seven years.   

2017 MAAC Midfielder of the Year, junior Erica Evans was named the 2017 MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player. The junior registered a game-high 10 points (six goals, four assists) en route to victory. Her 10 points tied a team-high for points in a game this season and was just one shy of tying the MAAC single-game high for points this season (Marist College Olivia Pitonzo, 11 points on April 5).

With her third goal of the game, Evans set the MAAC single-season record for goals scored, she held the previous record of 72 which was set last season. She now has 76 goals on the year to lead the nation. The Peterborough, Ontario native also became the first MAAC student-athlete (men's or women's) to register 100 points in a single-season.

2017 All-MAAC First Team selection, junior Tessa Chad scored the game's first goal for the Griffs just 55.0 seconds into the first half. All-MAAC Second Teamer, senior Ashley Bull recorded a hat trick for Canisius. All-MAAC Second Team member, goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken stopped seven shots in the win.

The Griffs outshot the Stags, 30-24, and registered 22 shots on goal as a team. Canisius won the battle of the draws, 14-11. Canisius and Fairfield each tallied five goals off free-position shots.

Sophomore Lily Crager and sophomore Taylor Mitchell both recorded hat tricks for the Stags. Crager's third goal came with 2:35 remaining in the game and cut Canisius' lead to 12-10. Mitchell tallied two of her three goals in the first half and two of the three scores came off free-position shots.

2017 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, senior Riley Hellstein scored one goal for Fairfield and recorded two ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. All-MAAC First Team selection, senior Alex Fehmel tallied two goals, four draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the Championship final.

Canisius earns the league's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship. The NCAA Division I selection show takes place on Sunday, May 7 at 9:00 p.m. on NCAA.com.

For all information on the 2017 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship, visit maacsports.com/womenslax and be sure to follow the action on social media by using #MAACLAX.

All-Tournament Team

Lauren Mazza

Marist

Maddie Calkins

Marist

Lauren Paul

Niagara

Rachel MacCheyne

Niagara

Alex Fehmel

Fairfield

Riley Hellstein

Fairfield

Katie FitzPatrick

Fairfield

Jourdan Roemer

Canisius

Jen Reininger

Canisius

Ashley Bull

Canisius

Tessa Chad

Canisius

MVP

Erica Evans

Canisius

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