March 20, 2004
The Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team held off a late Siena rally for a 16-15 victory at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. Christopher Padden scored a game-high five goals, but it was not enough as the Saints fell to 0-2 on the season and 0-2 in MAAC play. Mount St. Mary's Freshman Eric Seifert (Dover, Del./Caeser Rodney) tallied four goals in the game in helping lead the Mount to its first win of the season.
The Mount (1-4, 1-2 MAAC) jumped on top early, scoring four of the first five goals in the game. Sophomore Jason Werner (Severna Park, Md./Severn), who scored to make the score 4-1, tallied all three of his goals in the first quarter, capping the run when he converted a Siena turnover and scored into an empty net when the Siena goalkeeper was caught out of position. Werner's goal gave the Mount a commanding 8-3 lead after one quarter.
Matthew Walsh cut the Mount deficit to 9-6 with one of his four goals in the game with 9:13 left in the first half, but Seifert gave the Mount a 10-6 advantage at the half when he converted a Billy Jautze (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) pass.
Seifert and senior Jay Duffy (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) scored back-to-back goals to give the Mount a 12-6 advantage midway through the third quarter before the Saints rallied. Walsh, Daniel Wolpert, Thomas Nally and Padden each tallied goals in the final seven minutes of the third quarter to make the score 12-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jautze and Seifert scored the first two goals of the last quarter and when Seifert added his fourth of the day and seventh on the season, the Mount led 16-12 with 5:12 left. Padden then answered with his fifth goal of the day for the Siena, and Eric Morrissey scored just seven seconds later to cut the deficit to 16-14 with 2:47 left. Wolpert closed out the scoring with his fifth goal on the year with eight seconds left. The Mount won the face-off and was able to run out the clock.
Matt Warner (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) had three goals and three assists in teh win while Duffy added three goals and two assists and Werner three goals and one assist. Freshman Chris Channing (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) made 11 saves in his first collegiate start to earn the win.
Padden had five goals to lead Siena while Walsh added four goals and an assist. Goalkeeper David Jalette made 12 saves after coming into the game to start the second quarter.
Mount St. Mary's outshot the Saints, 45-37, in the game while winning 23 of 35 face-offs.
Siena will return to action on Tuesday, March 23 when they host Vermont. The game will be played at Union College in Schnectady, N.Y. with a start time of 3:00 p.m.