Bryant Scores Final Three to Rally Past Siena

Bryant held Siena scoreless for the last 15 minutes and tallied the final three goals of the game to rally past the Saints, 15-12, Tuesday afternoon in Smithfield, R.I. Casey Irwin and Alyssa Treanor each scored hat tricks for the Saints.

The Bulldogs (1-1) controlled the action late, out-shooting the Saints (0-1) 19-8 in the second half and held Siena to just one shot in the final 15 minutes. Siena was whistled for 23 fouls in the second half to just two for Bryant and was given five yellow cards in a physical affair.

As a result, the Bulldogs were awarded 12 free-position attempts in which they scored six goals, while the Saints were scoreless on just one attempt.

Freshman Lauren Smith tied the game one final time at 12 with 15:05 to play off the career-high third assist from Maggie Deloria. Each of the Saints' freshmen who saw action stepped up in their collegiate debuts, combining for four goals and seven points.

But Bryant's Lauren Descalzo scored twice more her third and fourth goals of the game including the eventual game-winner with 10:42 remaining as the Bulldogs beat the Saints for the first time in five all-time meetings.

Siena got off to a good start, scoring three of the game's first four goals and never trailed in the first half. The Saints led by as many as three goals at 8-5 following an Irwin score with 6:27 remaining in the stanza. The junior's three points were the first of her career in her first collegiate start.

But Bryant closed the gap to 8-7 at the half and ultimately went on a four-goal run to reclaim a 9-8 lead early in the second stanza. Treanor stopped the bleeding with consecutive tallies to give Siena its final lead at 10-9 at the 22:28 mark.

Freshman Sarah Croutier added two goals and an assist and classmate Liz Stutzmann contributed a goal and an assist in solid debuts. Sophomore transfer Julia Sirianni was dominant in her Siena debut, winning a game-high seven draw controls while picking up three groundballs and causing a pair of turnovers.

Lisa Vendel led all scorers with five points for Bryant, while Kimberley Sniffen added three goals and an assist for the Bulldogs which out-shot the Saints 35-24.

The Saints return to action Friday when they host Detroit in their home opener at noon at Siena Turf Field.

2013-02-19



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