March 31, 2012

Neufeld, Martinsen Reach Milestones For Siena

from press release

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Bryan Neufeld and Danny Martinsen joined some exclusive company Saturday. Neufeld scored his 200th career point and Martinsen added the 100th of his career as the duo combined for 10 points in Siena Lacrosse's 12-9 win over Jacksonville in the conference home opener.

Neufeld finished with six points including his 28th career hat trick, the most amongst all active players in the nation, while Martinsen added a pair of goals and assists as he ran his point streak to 26 games and goal scoring streak to 16 straight.

With his memorable afternoon, Neufeld became just the third player in program history to achieve 200 career points joining Tony Asterino '81 and Tom Baldwin '81. Additionally, he is just the third active player with 200 career points joining Cornell's Rob Pannell and Virginia's Steele Stanwick.

Neufeld, who also passed Baldwin for second on the program's all-time goals list with 143, has gone off for 33 points during the Saints' current five-game winning streak.

Martinsen meanwhile became the 22nd player in program history to join the Century Club and second this season joiningChris Roth.

The duo led the Saints (6-3, 2-0) to a quick start. Siena scored five straight goals including a pair in a 25-second span late in the first quarter to take a commanding early 5-1 lead.

But Jacksonville (4-6, 1-2) responded with five unanswered goals of their own and shutout the Saints during the second quarter to take a 6-5 lead at intermission.The teams traded goals early in the third quarter, but Siena broke an 8-8 tie with Colin Clive's go-ahead goal with 38 seconds remaining in the period. The tally touched off a spurt of four straight goals which proved to be the difference.

Siena out-shot Jacksonville 45-34 and picked up a season-high 44 groundballs. The Saints, which entered the game averaging just 6.5 caused turnovers, created a season-best 14. As a result Jacksonville, which entered the day averaging the fewest turnovers in the MAAC, coughed it up 20 times.

Chris D'Alberti added a hat trick for the Saints which have now won 26 of their last 27 MAAC regular season games and 18 of their last 20 home games overall.

Tom Morr made 13 saves for the Saints, while Peter DeLuca, who leads the nation in saves, added 15 more to keep the Dolphins close. Cameron Mann led Jacksonville's offensive attack with a pair of goals and assists.

The Saints return to action Saturday when they battle MAAC preseason favorite Detroit at 1 p.m. in Michigan.


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