March 1, 2011

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Siena Notches First Win Against Bryant

from press release

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Siena scored four straight goals late in the first half to build a six-goal lead and wouldn't look back as the Saints posted their first win of 2011, downing Bryant 15-10 in Smithfield, R.I. Michelle Andreo led the Saints with four goals while freshman Kelly Perry scored the first three goals of her career in completing the hat trick. Caitlin Mikel scored her first two goals of the season and finished with three points as did Deirdre McQuillan as the Saints (1-2) received solid offensive contributions from a number of players. Katie Maguire added a pair of goals, while Maggie Deloria, Jocelyn Hudson and Allie Primo accounted for the others.

Bryant (0-3) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. But the Saints responded with five consecutive goals - the final two of which came from Perry - to build a 5-2 advantage midway through the first half. Deloria scored the go-ahead goal on a free position shot at the 19:55 mark to put Siena on top for good. The Bulldogs rattled off three consecutive tallies midway through the second half to pull within 11-8, but Andreo netted three of the final four Siena scores down the stretch to secure the win.

Andreo added three groundballs in leading the Saints. Mikel picked up a team-high five groundballs, while Kristin McMillan caused a squad leading three turnovers and added an assist. Kristin Concordia made six saves in goal to earn the win.

Katherine Keckeisen and Haley Bloom led Bryant with three goals apiece.

Siena out-shot Bryant 38-24 and held a 23-16 edge in groundballs while forcing the Bulldogs into 21 turnovers.

The Saints return to action Saturday when they host Long Island for the front end of a men's and women's lacrosse doubleheader at Siena Turf Field starting at 11 a.m.

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