LOUDONVILLE, NY - Senior midfielder Tim Cousin tallied the first game-winning goal of his career which gave Siena Men’s Lacrosse a 14-13 overtime win over UMass Lowell. Siena improved to 2-0 on the early season, their first 2-0 start since 2008.
Chris Robertson led the Saints (2-0) with seven points coming off of one goal and six assists, which extended his goal scoring streak to 16. Keenan Cook, Brian Prunty and Tim Cousin all recorded hat-tricks in the win.
Austin Lane led UMass Lowell (1-2) with five points as he notched four goals and dished out one assist. Sean Tyrrell tallied three of the River Hawks nine assists. Goalkeeper Hunter Braun notched 21 saves in the loss.
Siena struck first and went up 2-0 with goals from Prunty and Nick Pepe. However, UMass Lowell scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter, one of the goals being a man-up goal. Mike Reilly put the Saints back into action and followed by Robertson and Cousin Siena led 5-4 after one quarter played.
The River Hawks scored back-to-back goals in the second frame to take a 6-5 lead, but it would be Cousin’s second goal of the day to tie all back up at six. Both teams battled hard but at the half UMass Lowell would lead 9-7.
UMass Lowell jumped out to a 12-8 lead midway through the third frame. Cook and Pepe would bring the Saints deficit to two, 12-10 before the start of the final quarter of regulation. Both teams didn’t held the others scoreless for the opening sequences of the final frame. Cook put the Saints down by just one, 12-11 with just over six minutes left. Prunty tied up the game 12-12 with 2:46 left in regulation.
Matt Balter scored in the following possession to lead 13-12 with 2:01 remaining and that is where head coach John Svec called timeout. Nick Casner scored his first collegiate goal with 50 seconds left on the clock to tie up the game at 13.
Heading into overtime, Siena is now 7-16 during games played past regulation. Jake Shapiro, who went 11-17 (.647) at the faceoff X won the opening faceoff. Cousin with a pass from behind the goal from Roberton put one in the cage for Siena’s first overtime victory since defeating Detroit Mercy on April 12, 2014.
Freshman goalkeeper Tebbano played a huge role for the Saints as he stopped 12. Siena was a perfect 17-17 on clears and went 16-29 at the faceoff X.
Siena will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on Big Ten contender Michigan on Saturday, March 3. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.