Saints Rally Past Hartford in Four OT Thriller

Richie Hurley averaged 4.8 points during the Saints' season opening five-game road trip

March 8, 2014

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Colin Clive scored the game-winning goal with 1:31 left in quadruple overtime as Siena Lacrosse rallied from a five-goal second half deficit to post an 11-10 win at Hartford. Richie Hurley scored five points and Tommy Cordts made a career-high 16 saves in what was tied for the Saints' longest game in program history.

Twice previously Siena had lost four overtime games - 11-10 on Apr. 17, 1974 against UAlbany and 4-3 vs. Providence on Mar. 29, 2008 at Siena Turf Field. But this time the Saints came out on top to end a grueling season opening five-game road trip with a solid 3-2 record.

Hartford (2-3) scored six times in eight and a half minutes to race out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter. The Hawks eventually took as large as a 7-2 lead early in the third quarter after both teams were held scoreless in the second stanza.

Siena battled back scoring three times in the third and trailed 9-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Junior Casey Dowd proceeded to win the ensuing faceoff, race down and score to make it a one-goal game. The national leader in groundballs, Dowd added 10 more and won 16 of 28 faceoffs.

Dowd's goal ignited a three-goal run as Jordan Barlow knotted the score with 6:16 remaining and Nate Barry put the Saints on top just 38 seconds thereafter. The Hawks responded as Jaedon Henderson netted the equalizer with 3:24 remaining to send the game to overtime.

Hartford out-shot Siena 54-41 including 12-6 combined during the overtime sessions. But Cordts came on strong after a slow start, stopping 14 of the Hawks' final 18 shots on goal over the last 60 minutes. Cordts' final save - a point blank stop on Andrew Cacchio late in the final overtime - led to a successful clear and Barry setting up Clive for the sudden victory strike.

The nation's 12th leading scorer entering the week, Hurley netted a hat trick and added two assists. Clive and Barry both finished with two goals and an assist apiece and Barlow scored twice.

Ty Schuldt led Hartford with a hat trick, while Henderson added two goals and an assist. Frank Piechota made 12 saves for the Hawks.

After spending the first month of the season on the road, the Saints finally return to the Capital Region Wednesday to open a four-game homestand marking the squad's only games this season at Siena Turf Field. Siena hosts Robert Morris at 3 p.m. in a game that will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.