Siena Holds off Rally by Jacksonville for Victory

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'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 joining Chris 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 1:00 p.m. in Michigan.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville fought back from an early deficit but ran out of gas in the second half as the Dolphins took a 12-9 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defeat at the hands of Siena Saturday in Loudenville, N.Y.

After JU's Conor Igoe scored the first goal of the contest, just 1:14 into the game, the Dolphins (4-6, 1-2) gave up five consecutive goals to fall behind 5-1 after one period.

The Dolphins, however, roared back in the second quarter as Cameron Mann and Donovan Lange each had two goals and freshman Ari Waffle another in a 5-0 period for JU and a 6-5 halftime lead against the defending MAAC champs.

The teams battled even through the third quarter until Siena's Colin Clive scored with :38 to play and a 9-8 lead.

To start the fourth, Siena scored three more goals to settle the win.

Igoe ended the game with a pair of goals and TJ Kenary and Quint Miller scored for JU which lost its second consecutive game for the first time this season.

Siena's Bryan Neufeld, this week's MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, had a hat trick for the Saints (6-3, 2-0) as did Chris D'Alberti.

JU goalkeeper Pete DeLuca had 15 saves and four ground balls along with a caused turnover and defenseman Jake Ziegler had five ground balls and caused a turnover. The Dolphins' Dan McNulty won 15 of 25 face-offs.

The Dolphins return home Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game against Canisus.

2012-03-31



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