Siena Holds off Canisius for MAAC Victory on Senior Day

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Richie Hurley is running away with the MAAC scoring title. The red-shirt junior captain posted his third seven-point game of the season as Siena outlasted Canisius 10-7 on the Saints' Senior Day.

Hurley, who entered the day with 13 more points than the MAAC's next leading scorer, tallied his fourth hat trick of the season. The nation's fourth leading scorer and third ranked player in assists factored in the scoring on each of the Saints' (6-3, 3-0) final five goals.

Siena would need all of his points to win their third straight game and hold off a late charge from a Canisius (4-5, 1-2) squad which was fresh off the program's first-ever win over a nationally ranked program, upsetting 13th ranked UAlbany Tuesday.

The Saints led 4-1 at the half and by as many as five goals, 7-2 midway through the third quarter. The score would remain that way until the final minute of the period when the Golden Griffins scored twice to build momentum heading into the fourth.

Canisius would ultimately rally to within a goal, 8-7 on a Cody Gould tally with 7:37 remaining, but Tommy Cordts made four of his nine saves in the final quarter and the Saints scored a pair of insurance goals late to secure their 11th straight MAAC home win.

Conor Prunty added three points and Colin Clive and Kyle Curry scored two goals apiece for the Saints which concluded their four-game homestand, marking the program's only scheduled home games this spring.

Seven different players accounted for the Golden Griffins' seven goals. Jeff Edwards, Tim Edwards and Vince Gravino led the way with two points each.

Siena will now end the regular season exactly like it began with a five-game road trip. The Saints travel to regional power Hofstra for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff next Saturday night. The Pride entered the week ranked 19th in the Warrior Media Poll and first amongst teams also receiving votes in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll.

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Canisius pulled to within one after trailing by as many as five goals in the second half, but Siena held off the charge for a 10-7 win in conference play on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Griffs to 4-5 on the season and 1-2 in MAAC play, while the Saints improve to 6-3 and 3-0 against conference foes with the win.

"We knew that this was going to be a 60-minute battle with a lot of momentum changes but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first three quarters," said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. "Too many careless turnovers and some bad decisions cost us early and Siena capitalized. We showed a lot of resolve and clawed our way back into the game with seven minutes left but we didn't score on some good opportunities late and Siena was able to kill the last minute of the game. We have to play 60 minutes of lacrosse it's that simple."

Seven different players scored for the Griffs in the defeat. Sophomore Vince Gravino (Westlake, Ohio) and freshman Jeff Edwards (Jamesville, N.Y.) both recorded a goal to go along with one assist, while juniors Sam Connors (West Seneca, N.Y.), Cody Gould (Ellicott City, Md.) and Austin Romantic (Ithaca, N.Y.) and sophomores Billy Jacobbi (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Nick Tuttle (Castle Rock, Colo.) each added a tally.

Junior Alex Govenettio (Derby, N.Y.) recorded six saves for Canisius.

Junior Brandon Bull (Langley, British Columbia) led the Griffs at the faceoff X, winning a career-best 10 restarts in just 13 attempts (76.9 percent).

A slow start for Canisius to the game proved to be the key to the Siena victory. The Saint controlled the first 44 minutes of action and held the Griffs to just two tallies, while building a 7-2 advantage.

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2014-03-29



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