Saints, Cordts Stymie Monmouth

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Red-shirt sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts and the Saints' defense held Monmouth scoreless for over 51 minutes as Siena Lacrosse shut down the Hawks 8-3 at Siena Turf Field. Cordts finished with 10 saves as the Saints won their 10th straight MAAC Regular Season home game.

The three goals allowed by the Saints (5-3, 2-0) were the program's fewest since a 14-2 win over Canisius on Apr. 14, 2012. The 11 combined goals scored also marked the squad's lowest scoring game since a 4-2 win at the Golden Griffins on Apr. 28, 2010.

Monmouth (0-7, 0-1) scored on the opening possession of the game, just 56 seconds in. But that would be all the scoring for the Hawks for the next 51:18 thanks to Cordts and the Siena defense.

Monmouth's goalies Nick Hreshko and Garrett Conaway were up to the task as well as the Saints led a pitcher's duel 3-1 through three quarters.

But after the teams combined for just four goals over the first three periods, the scoring opened up in the final quarter as the squads totaled seven goals. Siena scored the first two to build a 5-1 lead which would prove to be more than enough.

Two-time defending MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Richie Hurley led all scorers with six points (five assists) for the Saints. Hurley entered the week ranking fourth nationally in assists per game and fifth in scoring.

Red-shirt senior captain Kyle Curry netted his second straight hat trick and junior faceoff specialist Casey Dowd won 12-15 draws and picked up 10 groundballs for the Saints.

Hreshko and Conaway each played a half in goal for the Hawks and combined to make 17 saves. Kevin Murphy scored two of the three goals for the first-year program which remains in search of its first win.

The Saints conclude their four-game homestand and play in their final regular season home game of the year next Saturday. Siena hosts Canisius on Senior Day at 3:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised regionally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Freshman Kevin Murphy (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Penn Charter) scored twice for the Hawks, but Monmouth dropped an 8-3 MAAC contest at Siena on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, Monmouth falls to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the MAAC, in its first season of competition.

"For the most part today we played really well and were able to execute in many areas of the game this afternoon," said head coach Brian Fisher. "Our goalies and defense are playing great right now and had another good day. With the exception of a few breakdowns on the defensive side, we forced Siena to earn their opportunities today."

Murphy got the Hawks on the board just 56 seconds into the contest with an unassisted score, but the Saints netted three straight scores to hold a 3-1 edge at the half.

Following a scoreless third quarter, the Saints scored a pair to grab a 5-1 lead with 12:26 left in the fourth period.

The Hawks got another unassisted score from Murphy with 7:46 showing to make the score 5-2, before Siena took a 7-2 lead with 3:15 left.

Junior Zach Johannes (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII/Franklin & Marshall) tallied the Hawks' third unassisted score of the game, to get Monmouth within 7-3 with 2:40 remaining, but Siena answered 39 seconds later to account for the 8-3 final.

Fisher added, "Offensively, our decision making has gotten better in the past few weeks and although it didn't show on the scoreboard, we played pretty well on that end of the field. We must continue to work on our fundamentals and skill in order to capitalize on our opportunities to keep some pressure on our opponents."

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