Saints Get the Job Dunn Versus VMI

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Virginia Military Institute came out guns blazing and built an early 4-0 lead, but Siena answered with a five-goal run and held on for its 17th straight victory against a MAAC team, 13-8 Saturday afternoon. Senior Shaun Dunn sparked the scoring spree and eventually assisted on the game winning goal. He finished with a game-high four points.

Siena (7-4, 4-0) scored its first three goals of the game in less than 40 seconds. Dunn broke the ice and then Bryan Neufeld finished one-on-one with the goalie courtesy of Bryan Hale's defensive work. Hale forced a turnover at midfield and passed to Ryan Duggan in transition who fed Neufeld for the easy goal. Nine seconds later, John Rogener scored Siena's third goal after Hale won the faceoff.

VMI (2-10, 0-5) used two goals in the final minute of the first half to re-take the lead, 6-5.

The Saints dominated the second half, outscoring the Keydets 8-2. After three straight Siena goals, Keith Long stopped the flood and made it 8-7 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Siena put the game away with another five-goal run in the fourth quarter. Dunn assisted on the first, Neufeld's game winner, and then completed his hat-trick.

Dunn has eight three-goal games in his career and Neufeld extended his scoring streak to 29 games, which is fourth longest in the nation.

Senior goalie and reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Brent Herbst (7-3) made 13 saves in the win. VMI's Kelly McMinn made 12 saves in the loss.

Siena took a season-high 43 shots and put 25 on goal. Its man-down unit killed all seven of VMI's extra-man opportunities.

Tim Moran led the Keydets with three points on two goals and one assist.

The Saints return to action on Wednesday when they host Marist at 3:00 p.m. Both teams are a perfect 4-0 in the MAAC.

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Note: Siena men's lacrosse raised $230 for St. Baldrick's Foundation which donates funds to childhood cancer research. The men's lacrosse program donated 25 cents for each of the 280 Siena community members in attendance plus $160 from the 50/50 raffle.

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. A strong first half was not enough as the VMI Keydets dropped a 13-8 decision to the Siena Saints, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) men's lacrosse played Saturday in Loudonville, N.Y.

The Keydets (2-10, 0-5 MAAC) scored the game's first four goals against the Saints (7-4, 4-0 MAAC), who had not lost a MAAC home game since 2008, when VMI beat Siena in Loudonville. The home team, however, recovered and outscored VMI 8-2 in the second half to claim the win, and remain undefeated in MAAC play this year.

VMI had seven different players score goals, led by Tim Moran's two tallies. Moran, who had a 23-game point streak snapped in his last outing versus Saint Joseph's, notched his 19th goal of the year at the 8:29 mark of the first, giving VMI the early 1-0 lead.

The Keydets got right back on the board less than three minutes later on Brett Leonard's 11th of the year, making the score 2-0 in favor of the visitors. Only 15 shots were attempted in the first quarter, and the Keydets nursed their 2-0 lead to the end of the first period. They got their third goal 1:49 into the second, when Colin Bosse found Moran for a score that made it 3-0, and Stephen Robarge won the ensuing face-off. Less than a minute later, Moran hit Bernie Mowbray with a pass, and Mowbray found the back of the net to put the Keydets ahead, 4-0.

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