April 21, 2010

Siena Wins Battle of MAAC Unbeatens

from press release

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Siena men's lacrosse asserted itself as the team to beat in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 14-4 drubbing of Marist Wednesday afternoon. Both teams entered with perfect 4-0 league records, but Siena used its best overall performance of the season to cruise past the upstart Red Foxes. Siena has won 18 straight games against MAAC teams.

Jordan Loftus (4), Ryan Duggan (3) and John Rogener (3) combined for 10 goals and Siena's defense pitched a shutout through the first 29 minutes of the game.

Junior defenseman Duncan Seale was sensational. He shutdown Corey Zindel who averages 4.5 points (15th NCAA) and 2.5 assists (5th NCAA) per game. Seale held him to one goal and one assist on three shots. Seale finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

When called upon, Brent Herbst was solid between the pipes. He made 15 saves in the win.

Siena (8-4, 5-0) started fast, something that's been missing, and led 6-0 before Marist (7-4, 4-1) could muster a goal. Conner Rice broke up the shutout with 1:11 left in the first half. But Siena answered with goals by Loftus and Duggan in the final minute.

Siena's man-down unit smothered Marist and killed all eight of its extra-man opportunities. The Saints have killed the last 27 EMO's dating back to the Providence game on March 27.
 
The Saints led 14-2 with six minutes remaining and then emptied its bench. Bill Kelly made two saves in the final minute in relief of Herbst.

The Saints return to action on Saturday when they play Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland at 1 p.m.


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