Central Connecticut Tops Siena to Earn First Win

Central Connecticut earned its first victory of the season on Wednesday topping Siena by a score of 9-5. The Blue Devils (1-3) were led by junior Amanda Toke and senior Mackenzy Ryan who each had three points in the victory. The Saints fall to 1-4 with the loss.

The Blue Devils opened the game with back-to-back goals by Toke and freshman Elyse Malecki. Toke's goal came with 24:25 left in the half and Malecki's with 22:49.

Siena answered with a free position goal by Katie Maguire with 17:50 left in the half.

CCSU responded with its own free position goal at the 12:37 mark. This time it was junior Claire Healy scoring for the Blue Devils.

Siena netted the final goal of the half with 4:30 left in the period and the teams went to the break with Central leading 3-2.

The Blue Devils increased their lead to 4-2 less than four minutes into the second half on a goal by Ryan.

Unfortunately, Siena answered with back-to-back scores, tying the game at 4-4 with 22:56 left to play.

Over the next seven minutes CCSU and Siena traded goals to tie the game at 5-5. Sophomore Andrea Tarsi scored on a free position shot, her first goal of the season, and Siena's Alyssa Treanor answered with the tying score with 15:07 left to play.

The Blue Devils dominated over the final 15 minutes of play and closed the game on a 4-0 run.

Senior Betsy Vendel scored two straight goals to give CCSU a 7-5 lead. Ryan assisted on Vendel's first goal and Toke on the second. A minute after Vendel's second goal, Ryan passed to Toke for a goal to make it an 8-5 game. CCSU finished it off with an unassisted goal by Healy with 1:16 left in the game.

Defensively, CCSU was led by senior Ali Roche who had five ground balls and caused four turnovers. Junior Ashley Olhausen also had a strong game with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Cierra Ward, Toke, Vendel and Tarsi each caused a pair of turnovers in the game.

Toke also had a team-high three draw controls.

In goal, sophomore Morgan Tullar had 10 saves, including six in the second half. The victory is the first of Tullar's career. She is 1-3 in goal this season.

The Blue Devils return to action on Friday against Longwood. CCSU and Longwood are scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start time at Arute Field.

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Central Connecticut scored the final four goals of the game, breaking a five-all tie and defeating Siena, 9-5, Wednesday afternoon in New Britain, Conn. Senior captain Katie Maguire led the Saints with three points, including a pair of free-position goals.

Siena (1-4), which entered the day as the MAAC's most prolific scoring offense averaging 11.5 goals, was shut down by the Central Connecticut (1-3) defense. The Blue Devils forced the Saints into 21 turnovers and were awarded a whopping 17 caused turnovers for the game.

In a close affair throughout, Siena rallied to tie the game 5-5 on an Alyssa Treanor goal with 15:07 remaining. But Betsy Vendel scored just 33 seconds later to put CCSU back on top for good, kick starting the Blue Devils' decisive four-goal run.

CCSU limited two-time defending MAAC Rookie of the Week and the conference's scoring leader Sarah Croutier to just two assists and one shot.

Siena once again dominated the draw, holding an 11-5 advantage. Julia Sirianni, who entered the week sixth nationally in draw controls, added seven more to her impressive early season total.

Vendel scored twice for the Blue Devils as did Claire Healy and Amanda Toke. Morgan Tullar made 10 saves for CCSU.

The Saints continue their season long five-game road trip Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start at future MAAC member Monmouth.

2013-03-06



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