The Canisius women’s lacrosse team has earned its shot at an historic title Sunday.
The two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions advanced to another final, disposing of fourth-seeded Siena, 14-7, in Friday’s semifinal in Poughkeepsie.
Morgan Leonard had five goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Griffs, who will try to become the first MAAC team to win three straight conference tournament titles when they face either host Marist at 1 p.m. Sunday. Marist advanced with a 7-6 overtime win over Fairfield.
The Griffs used a game-closing 6-1 run to pull away from the Saints, who trailed 7-5 at halftime and 8-6 with 27:47 left.
Meghan Cuddy had all three of her goals for Canisius (13-4) during its closing blitz, opening it with a goal with 23:37 left and capping it with strikes with 9:14 and 7:49 left.
Tori Quinn had two goals and three assists and Maria Kotas (Lancaster) added two goals and two assists.
BASKETBALL: Mark Rybczyk, Kareem Brown and R.J. Rutledge, who served as assistants on Chris Casey’s staff at LIU Post, will join him at Niagara, while former Marist assistant coach Will Lanier also will round out Casey’s coaching staff on Monteagle Ridge.
Rybczyk has 14 years of coaching experiencing, working the last three seasons at LIU Post with Casey where he helped the Pioneers to consecutive 20-win seasons and two NCAA Division II appearances.
Lanier spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with Marist after working his first two at the school as its director of men’s basketball operations.
RUGBY: The University at Buffalo will play for bronze at the USA Rugby Women’s Collegiate DII National Championship this morning after losing 62-0 to Washington State in Friday’s semifinal.