April 9, 2011

Siena Regroups, Rallies Past Jacksonville

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After suffering a crushing, streak-busting defeat last weekend against Detroit, it appeared that the Saints' struggles might continue following a sluggish start Saturday. But paced by a seven-goal second period outburst, the Saints rallied from an early four-goal deficit to capture a crucial 14-13 win over Jacksonville at D.B. Milne Field.

In what was a wild, fast paced game throughout, Siena (8-3, 2-1) and Jacksonville (4-7, 2-2) combined for 96 shots and 97 groundballs as the Saints won its first-ever game in the Sunshine State while making its first appearance in Florida since 1989.

Siena was led to victory by a pair of freshman who came up with clutch performances. Colin Clive led the way with a career-high four goals while Thomas Schoener added the first two tallies of his career, both of which came at critical junctures in the second half.

Clive scored just 1:44 into the contest, but the lead would be short-lived as the Dolphins answered back with the equalizer just 13 seconds later. The goal touched off a run of five unanswered goals by Jacksonville that pushed their lead to 5-1 early in the second period, putting the Saints in a big hole early.

But Siena's offense, which entered the afternoon averaging a modest 9.8 goals, erupted for seven goals in just 9:33 to close to within 9-8 at the half. In what was a goal scoring barrage in the second period, the Dolphins added six goals of their own as the teams' combined for a whopping 13 scores in the stanza.
Kevin Cotter and Schoener kept the offensive flow going into the second half as both scored in the first three minutes of the third period to give Siena a 10-9 lead. The Saints would not trail again.

Jacksonville did tie the game at both 10 all and 11 all, but Chris D'Alberti and Schoener kicked off the fourth period with a pair of goals to give the Saints a 13-11 lead they would not relinquish.

The Dolphins closed one final time to within 13-12 with 30 seconds remaining and won the ensuing faceoff, but Tom Morr twice stoned Jacksonville's Donovan Lange in the final 12 seconds to preserve the win. Morr, who faced 55 shots on the afternoon, made 16 saves with none bigger than those final two.

Senior captain John Rogener had another solid game contributing two goals and two assists, while Chris Roth also added a pair of tallies. Bryan Neufeld scored a goal for the 10th straight game and added two assists as he ran the nation's longest active scoring streak to 46 straight games.

Cameron Mann had a tremendous game in a losing effort, finishing with eight points including five goals for Jacksonville. Owen Green and Robert Moore added a pair of goals for the Dolphins.

While Siena saw its six-game winning streak, 13-game home winning streak and 20 game MAAC regular season winning streak snapped with last Saturday's defeat at Detroit, today's win over Jacksonville was a key triumph for the Saints which kept another key streak intact, winning their 11th straight conference road game. Additionally, it moved the Saints back above .500 in the conference standings - an important place for Siena to be situated midway through the newly reconstructed and very brief six-game MAAC slate.

Siena will look to keep the momentum going down the stretch run when they welcome Manhattan to Siena Turf Field next Saturday at 1 p.m.


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