March 12, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Four days ago Siena Lacrosse overcame a 7-2 second half deficit to win in overtime at Hartford. On Wednesday the favor was returned as Robert Morris rallied from an identical 7-2 second half deficit to spoil Siena's home opener 10-9 in overtime.
Robert Morris (2-3), which won just five of 23 faceoffs all day long, captured the opening draw of overtime. Alexander Bohl raced down the right side and fired home the decisive tally to win it for the Colonials just 14 seconds into the extra session.
Siena (3-3) led 6-2 at the half and ultimately scored five straight goals to build a 7-2 lead with 13:11 remaining in the third quarter. Red-shirt junior captain Richie Hurley assisted on all five goals during the run and finished with a career-high seven helpers.
But Robert Morris would score the next six goals, taking an 8-7 lead on Eric Rankel's goal with 5:13 left in regulation. Freshman attack Jordan Barlow tied it up for the Saints with 2:48 left, but the Colonials won the ensuing faceoff and Rankel scored again to put Robert Morris back on top 9-8 with 2:33 remaining.
Siena would answer as senior attackman Colin Clive netted his fourth goal of the game, finishing a feed from Hurley with 1:29 left to ultimately send the game into overtime.
Barlow added four points for the Saints scoring a hat trick and red-shirt sophomore goalie Tommy Cordts made 10 saves. Junior faceoff specialist Casey Dowd was dominant at the X, winning 18 of 23 faceoffs and tying a career-high with 14 groundballs to add to his national leading total.
Rankel finished with a hat trick and a team-high five points and six groundballs for Robert Morris. Luke Laskiewicz added three goals and an assist and Brian Bohn made 11 saves for the Colonials.
The Saints continue their four-game homestand Saturday when they host Marist in the MAAC opener at 1 p.m.