Streaking Siena Downs Binghamton for Fifth Straight Victory
from press release
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse continued
its perfect month of March Tuesday afternoon, easily putting away
Binghamton 10-3 at Siena Turf Field. Bryan Neufeld led the way with
four goals and an assist while Danny Martinsen added a goal and a
career-high three assists for the surging Saints which have now won
five in a row.
The Saints continued to protect their home turf and are now a perfect 4-0 this season in Loudonville and have won 13 in a row overall at Siena Turf Field. The Saints have outscored their opponents by a whopping margin of 43-22 at home this year.
Siena (6-2) jumped on Binghamton (4-4) early, scoring the first three goals of the game and led 6-2 at halftime in a game that was never in doubt.
Neufeld extended the nation's longest scoring streak to 43 games with another strong showing in which he also added four groundballs.
Martinsen made nifty passes all game long and his lone goal proved to be the game-winner. John Rogener added two goals for the Saints which avenged a double overtime loss in Vestal against the Bearcats last season.
While Neufeld extended his impressive streak, another streak came to an end. Binghamton's Matt Springer, who entered the contest on a 21-game point scoring streak, was shut down by the stingy Saints' defense. Springer, who leads the America East with 19 goals, mustered only three shots and just one of which was on goal.
David Raleigh led Binghamton offensively with two goals and took 12 shots in an otherwise frustrating game for the Bearcats which were playing for the first time since the sudden resignation of their long-time head coach over the weekend.
While Binghamton scored on just three of 32 shots on the offensive end, the Saints had no trouble solving Bearcats' goalie Kraig Heston. Entering the game ranking third nationally in both goals against average and save percentage, the Saints were efficient against Heston who made just three saves and allowed nine of the 10 goals as Binghamton saw their four-game winning streak come to an abrupt end.
Meanwhile Siena goalie Tom Morr had another yeoman-like performance, making 12 saves. Morr stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced in the second half, quarterbacking another strong effort by the Siena defense which allowed its fewest goals in the past 12 games.
The Saints aim to complete a perfect month of March when they return to action Saturday against former MAAC rival Providence. The Saints and Friars will face-off at 2 p.m. in Providence, R.I.
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