Marist Falls in MAAC Semifinals to Top-Seeded Siena

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Fourth-seeded Marist had its season come to an end on Friday night with an 11-9 loss to top-seeded Siena in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semifinal round at Tenney Stadium.

Evan Guarini (Long Valley, N.J.) and Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) scored two goals apiece for the Red Foxes, who also received three assists from junior Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.). Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) and Brett Bernardo (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each had multi-point performances with a goal and an assist. Kevin Defranco (Shoreham, N.Y.) led the defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls and Zach Badalucco (Brewster, N.Y.) had a team-high seven ground balls. Craig Goodermote (Holtsville, N.Y.) made 12 saves in net for the Red Foxes.

After Siena (11-4, 6-0 MAAC) scored the first goal of the game, Bobby Carpenter (Saratoga, N.Y.) responded for Marist to tie the score with 8:44 remaining in the opening period. Guarini scored his first of the game off an assist from Rice to give the Red Foxes the lead with 30 seconds remaining.

The Saints scored twice in six seconds early in the second quarter to regain the lead at 3-2, but Herman and Colin Joka (Conshohocken, Pa.) each tallied for Marist to take the lead back with 10:15 left in the first half.

With the score tied at four, Herman and Marks scored in the final five and a half minutes of the second period to give Marist a 6-4 lead at halftime.

The Red Foxes maintained the lead deep into the third quarter, but Siena scored 35 seconds apart late in the third quarter to put the Saints ahead 8-7 going into the final period. The Saints tacked on another goal within the first minute of the fourth quarter to take their first two-goal advantage at 10-8.

Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) brought Marist within one at 9-8 with 11:25 left, but Siena would score twice more. A goal by Bernardo with 3:01 remaining was not quite enough as the Saints moved on to Sunday's championship game.

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. For the fourth straight year Siena will play in the MAAC title game. Colin Clive scored four goals as the top-seeded Saints ousted No. 4 seed and MAAC Tournament host Marist 11-9 Saturday night at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. Siena will play No. 3 seed Canisius for the MAAC Championship here Sunday at noon.

Last year's MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Clive continued his May dominance. His final goal of the game completed a three-goal run for the Saints (11-4) to overcome a 7-6 deficit and take the lead for good at 9-7 seconds into the final period.

Clive and the Saints had to battle back and show resiliency against a disciplined Marist (6-8) squad which Siena crushed two weeks ago to the tune of 20-8. In the rematch, the Red Foxes controlled possession early, ran clock and picked their spots to perfection. As a result, Marist took a 6-4 lead into the half.

But Clive, along with the help of some unlikely heroes, paved the way for Siena to pull out a gritty win.

Senior Patrick Daley and freshman Nate Barry who had combined to score nine career goals entering today each scored twice. Barry's classmate Casey Dowd did the rest at the faceoff X.

After losing four of his first five faceoffs, Dowd rebounded in a big way to win 15 of his final 18 draws. He picked up a career-high and Siena MAAC Tournament record 15 groundballs and also added an assist while more importantly helping tip the possession game back in Siena's favor.

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