Siena Clinches MAAC Berth With OT Win Over Detroit
from Press Release
Nate Barry scored the game-tying goal with 4:02 remaining in regulation and fired home the game-winner with 3:07 left in overtime as Siena Lacrosse knocked off defending MAAC Champion Detroit 9-8 in the Motor City in a rematch of last season's conference title game.
With the win, Siena (7-4, 4-0) clinched a berth in next month's four-team MAAC Championships for the seventh time in the past eight seasons after having never qualified in the program's first 11 years in the conference.
With the game tied 4-4 at intermission, Siena dominated the second half out-shooting Detroit (5-6, 2-2) 30-12 and held a 22-11 edge in groundballs over the final 30 minutes plus overtime. But Titans' goalie Jason Weber made 12 of his 18 saves after the break to keep Detroit in it.
In a tight game throughout as expected, the Saints took the first and only two-goal lead by either team as Kyle Curry completed the hat trick to give Siena a 7-5 advantage with 12:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Detroit scored three unanswered goals in 4:16, capped by Tom Masterson's go-ahead tally to make it an 8-7 Titans advantage with 5:04 left in regulation.
Barry, who finished with four points, tied the game moments later to send the game to overtime. Siena won the opening faceoff and after calling a timeout, Barry scored the decisive goal as Siena enacted a measure of revenge against a Detroit team which rallied from a five-goal second half deficit last year to stun the Saints 11-10 in overtime of the MAAC Championship Game.
Conor Prunty added a pair of goals and Tommy Cordts made 12 saves for the Saints which have had five of their past seven games decided by one goal including three that have gone to overtime.
Six Titans tallied two points apiece led by Shayne Adams and Scott Drummond who each notched a pair of goals.The MAAC preseason favorites, Siena can clinch the program's sixth MAAC Regular Season Title in the past eight years with a win next Saturday at Quinnipiac. Faceoff is set for noon in Hamden, Conn.
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