Siena Defeats Niagara on Senior Day

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Siena scored the first three goals and led throughout en route to a 12-9 Senior Day win over Niagara. Shannon Pfohl (four goals) and Alyssa Treanor (five points) both had career afternoons.

Siena (4-11, 3-3) out-shot Niagara (5-11, 1-5) 27-17 and held an equally decisive 17-6 edge in draw controls. Julia Sirianni, who ranks 10th nationally in draw controls, tallied seven more as the Saints won 12 of 13 second half draws.

Siena led 5-4 at the half as Niagara kept it close the entire way. Carrie-Jo Ferrugia capped a three-goal run that pulled the Purple Eagles back within 8-7 with 16:54 remaining.

But the Saints responded by scoring the next four goals to put away their fourth straight win over Niagara. Pfohl, who had scored just five goals all season entering the day, capped her scoring during the run. Treanor, who finished with a hat trick, figured in the scoring on three of the four goals.

Senior quad captain Katie Maguire added a hat trick for the Saints. Maguire enters next weekend's MAAC Championships red-hot, having tallied a point in 29 consecutive games and has posted multi-goal performances in seven of her past eight contests.

Four players scored two goals for Niagara which was led by Katherine Pille's three points.

Siena, which is set to make its fourth straight MAAC Tournament Appearance, enters postseason play following consecutive wins. The fourth seeded Saints face MAAC Regular Season Champion Canisius Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Niagara fell to the Siena Saints by a score of 12-9 on Saturday afternoon at Siena Turk Field in the final game of the regular season.

"Once again today there were moments of brilliance, we just were not consistent enough to get the win," head coach Wendy Stone said. "I am very proud of the progress the team made over the course of the year; the future of the lacrosse program at NU is very bright."

Siena (4-11; 2-4 MAAC) jumped out to an early lead behind Katie Maguire's pair of goals, giving the Saints a 3-0 advantage with 23:53 on the clock in the opening period. Neither team would find the back of the net for the next 11 minutes until Kayla Smith pulled Niagara within two at 12:32 with her eighth goal of the season.

Shannon Pfohl responded for the Saints with two goals to make it 5-1 with 6:48 left on the clock, but a late first half surge by the Purps made it a one-goal game heading into the break. The three-goal attack was started by Danielle Maio at 5:21, followed by Smith's second tally of the game. Fran Pollastro wrapped up the half's scoring with her 19th goal of the year in the final 1:28 with an assist being given to Maria Battista.

Siena held 14-7 advantage in the shot department after 30 minutes of play, while NU goaltender Paige Sasser had seven saves to her name.

After the intermission, the Saint's offense once again opened the half with three consecutive goals to make it an 8-4 game before Niagara netted a trio of its own goals to keep the contest close with 16:54 remaining in the game.

Pollastro scored the Purple Eagles' first goal of the half at 23:08 and Katherine Pille followed up with her seventh goal of the year about five minutes later. Pille then contributed an assist in Carrie-Jo Farrugia's 18th goal of the season to pull NU within one at 16:54.

Despite Niagara's efforts to pull the game within one, the Saints finished the game with a 4-2 run to prevent the Purple Eagle comeback. Farrugia and Paige Matecki added the final two NU goals of the game.

Sasser finished the game with nine saves.

The Purple Eagles finished the season with a 5-11 overall record, and a 1-5 MAAC mark.

2013-04-27



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