Canisius College

Canisius College Athletics
2001 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14208
Division 1 New York Northeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Allison Daley

Former Canisius standout Allison Daley was named head coach of the Golden Griffins women's lacrosse program in January, 2018.

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Daley is the third head coach in program history.

In her first season at the helm of the Canisius women's lacrosse program, Daley led the Blue and Gold to a 6-2 MAAC record and the programs eighth-straight appearance in the conference title game. The Griffs made the postseason for the 12th-straight season in 2019.

In two seasons, Daley has coached seven All-MAAC members, three MAAC All-Tournament selections and 16 All-Academic honorees, highlighted by 2018 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Jourdan Roemer and 2018 MAAC Midfielder of the Year Jen Reininger. Roemer and Reininger also received All-ECAC and IWLCA All-Region honors during the 2018 campaign.

In addition to her duties on Main Street, Daley will serve as the associate head coach of the Canadian U-19 team for the 2019 FIL U-19 Women's Field Lacrosse World Championships in her hometown of Peterborough.

Daley spent the 2017 season at Delaware, where the former Canisius goaltender coached the Blue Hens to nine victories and a berth in the 2017 CAA semifinals. Delaware finished the 2017 season ranked seventh nationally in goals against average.

Before Delaware, Daley spent four seasons on the coaching staff at Binghamton. During her time with the Bearcats, Daley mentored 11 all-conference honorees and also played a significant role in leading BU to the program's single-season lowest goals against average in 2016. Additionally, midfielder Rebecca Golderman, one of Daley's recruits, became the program's first-ever America East Rookie of the Year.

In her first stint on the Canisius coaching staff, Daley was the program’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped lay the foundation for a Griffs program that won back-to-back MAAC titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of her two seasons. Daley recruited and coached the 2012 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and coached seven all-conference honorees.

As a player, Daley was an elite goaltender and team captain who enjoyed a decorated playing career. She was a member of Canada's U19 National Team before embarking on a successful four-year undergraduate career on Main Street.

She was the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and earned MAAC Tournament MVP honors after leading the Griffs to their first conference title in 2011.

Daley was a three-time All-MAAC selection and became the program's first IWLCA all-region pick following her senior season with the program. The Blue and Gold alumna twice earned all-tournament team honors, and graduated holding school records for career saves (662) and goals against average (11.66).

Daley received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Canisius in 2011 and went on to receive her master's degree in sport administration from the school in 2013.

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Caitlin Formato

Caitlin Formato joined the Canisius women’s lacrosse program as an assistant in January, 2018.

A native of Lancaster, N.Y., Formato handles the team’s offensive players and schemes while also assisting in the program’s recruiting efforts.

In her first two seasons, Formato has helped Canisius maintain its streak of 12 straight trips to the MAAC Championship, highlighted by the program’s eighth consecutive trip to the MAAC title game in 2018.

Individually, Formato has been instrumental in the coaching of 2018 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Jourdan Roemer and Midfielder of the Year Jen Reininger. In addition, the Griffs’ have had six attackers/midfielders receive All-MAAC honors during Formato’s tenure.

Prior to Canisius, Formato was the head coach at Edinboro University for two seasons. She guided the Scots to a school-record tying seven wins in her first campaign, as well as their first ever win over a national-ranked opponent after defeating 18th-ranked Seton Hill in a 15-13 triumph.

A pair of Fighting Scots earned All-PSAC honors under her tutelage, which marked the first time Edinboro had more than one honoree. Cydney Hrycko and Paige Skinner were both accorded second team All-PSAC honors, the first time an Edinboro player earned more than a spot on the third team.

Formato previously worked at St. Bonaventure as an assistant coach during the 2015 season, and prior to that was head coach for the Malvern St. James School in Worcestershire, England. There she oversaw four different teams with varying age groups.

Formato also was the director of the Lacrosse United summer camp in Lancaster in 2012 and 2013, as well as coach of the Lady Monsters travel team.

An accomplished student-athlete at George Mason, Formato was a three-year starter and the team captain her junior and senior seasons. During her career, she scored 65 goals and added 19 assists for 84 points while appearing in 67 career matches, making 51 starts. A midfielder, Formato finished as the Patriots’ third-leading scorer with 18 goals and five assists for 23 points as a senior in 2013. She also added 25 draw controls, 16 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers during her final season in Fairfax.

Formato earned her bachelor's degree in management from George Mason in 2013, with a minor in tourism. She is working towards her master’s degree in sport administration while on staff at Canisius.

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