AMHERST, MA - The Canisius women's lacrosse team fell just short, losing to UMass 13-12 in the play-in game for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Griffs would tie the game at 12 with just 25 seconds left as sophomore midfield Maria Kotas scored off a free position shot.
On the final possession in regulation Canisius was called for a foul, giving the Minutewomen a free position attempt in the final seconds. Jesse O'Donnell would take advantage scoring the game winning goal with just four seconds to play.
Canisius senior midfielder Megan Oosting led the Griffs with five points, including three goals in her final game. Junior midfielder Morgan Leonard also scored three goals and Kotas finished with two.
Freshman goalkeeper Kayla Scully registered 10 saves between the pipes for Canisius.
The Griffs, who won the MAAC Championship, finish the season at 10-9. UMass improves to 19-1 on the season and earns a birth in the NCAA tournament.
Also on Sunday, the Buffalo State women's lacrosse team earned it's first ever trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Bengals lost in the SUNYAC Championship game to Cortland on Saturday, but at 13-6 overall they earned an at-large birth into the 32-team field.
The Bengals will open the tournament on Wednesday at home against Springfield (11-7) at 3 p.m.
Buffalo State had won five straight games before falling in the championship game.
WGRZ, Canisius Sports Information