March 17, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - No. 18 St. John's outlasted Siena 8-7 Tuesday afternoon at Siena Turf Field, handing the Saints another close loss. Siena's last four losses have come by a total of five goals. Shaun Dunn scored three goals in the loss and Brent Herbst made 12 saves.
St. John's (5-2) scored the only goal of the first quarter on Drew Schanen's 12th of the season. Trevor Michaelsen added to their lead at the 10:31 mark of the second period on a feed from Carl Iacona. Siena (2-5) battled back the remainder of the half, scoring three goals to take a 3-2 lead at halftime. Dunn had two of those goals, one on man-up, and Kenny Mazzone had a little luck of the Irish when his intended pass to a cutter deflected past the goalie and into the net. Mazzone finished with one goal and two assists.
The Red Storm outscored the Saints 3-0 in the third period to take a 5-3 lead; a lead they would never relinquish. Jamal Jones scored two goals in the period with his first career-goal tying the game 3-3.
St. John's built an 8-5 lead with 7:49 left in the game, but Bryan Neufeld scored at 5:52 and Bryan Hale scored a man-down goal with 26 seconds left to give a glimmer of hope. But Dom DeNapoli won the face-off and St. John's held the ball in Siena's end for the remaining seconds.
Gavin Buckley made three of his seven saves in the final six minutes of the game to hold off Siena's rally. Herbst made 12 saves in the loss.
Chris Viviano (4) and Kyle Vercruysse (3) combined to force seven turnovers in the game.
Siena returns to action on Saturday when they play Hartford at St. John's the Baptist high school in West Islip, N.Y. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.