Siena Wins Battle of Unbeatens with Marist

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Siena men's lacrosse asserted itself as the team to beat in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 14-4 drubbing of Marist Wednesday afternoon. Both teams entered with perfect 4-0 league records, but Siena used its best overall performance of the season to cruise past the upstart Red Foxes. Siena has won 18 straight games against MAAC teams.

Jordan Loftus (4), Ryan Duggan (3) and John Rogener (3) combined for 10 goals and Siena's defense pitched a shutout through the first 29 minutes of the game.

Junior defenseman Duncan Seale was sensational. He shutdown Corey Zindel who averages 4.5 points (15th NCAA) and 2.5 assists (5th NCAA) per game. Seale held him to one goal and one assist on three shots. Seale finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

When called upon, Brent Herbst was solid between the pipes. He made 15 saves in the win.

Siena (8-4, 5-0) started fast, something that's been missing, and led 6-0 before Marist (7-4, 4-1) could muster a goal. Conner Rice broke up the shutout with 1:11 left in the first half. But Siena answered with goals by Loftus and Duggan in the final minute.

Siena's man-down unit smothered Marist and killed all eight of its extra-man opportunities. The Saints have killed the last 27 EMO's dating back to the Providence game on March 27.

The Saints led 14-2 with six minutes remaining and then emptied its bench. Bill Kelly made two saves in the final minute in relief of Herbst.

The Saints return to action on Saturday when they play Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Maryland at 1:00 p.m. Mount St. Mary's (7-3, 4-0) is the only other undefeated team in league play. It plays St. Joseph's in Philadelphia tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Marist trailed 6-0 with 1:11 to go in the second quarter before finally getting on the scoreboard Wednesday afternoon at Siena Turf Field, as the Saints beat the Red Foxes 14-4 in a battle of MAAC Lacrosse League unbeatens. Freshman attack Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) had a hat trick for Marist, with Kyle Reny (Marblehead, Mass.) adding a late goal in the fourth quarter.

Marist's (7-4, 4-1 MAAC) four goals were its lowest scoring output since scoring four goals at Holy Cross on April 11, 2009. Siena (8-4, 5-0 MAAC) outshot the Red Foxes 12-3 in the first quarter, with Marist committing five turnovers. John Rogener opened the scoring with a goal at the 12:34 mark of the first quarter. Jordan Loftus and Ryan Duggan also scored in the first quarter for Siena, which led 3-0 after the first quarter.

The Saints got two quick goals to start the second quarter, before Kyle Curry scored with 2:32 remianing in the half to put Siena ahead 6-0. Rice then scored Marist's first goal of the game with 1:11 left in the quarter to make the score 6-1. Siena scored two goals in the final minute to take an 8-1 halftime lead. Marist outshot Siena 20-10 in the second half and won nine of 11 faceoffs, but the Saints continued to pour it on. Siena scored three goals in both the third and fourth quarters for the 14-4 win.

The Saints outshot Marist 33-31. Marist held a 15-7 advantage in faceoffs and 35-25 edge in ground balls. Senior midfield Matt Francis (Lansdale, Pa.) was 10 for 15 in faceoffs with Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) going 5 for 7. Francis also had a team-high seven ground balls. Loftus led Siena with four goals, as Rogener and Duggan added hat tricks. Brent Herbst made 15 saves in goal for the Saints.

Marist concludes the road portion of its 2010 schedule on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Detroit. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Red Foxes and Detroit, who is in its inaugural year in the MAAC Lacrosse League.


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