March 28, 2009
Jordan Loftus scored a season-high five goals and the Siena offense exploded for their highest goal total this season as they defeated Manhattan 16-9 Saturday afternoon in Riverdale, N.Y. The Saints scored five goals in a two-minute span late in the third quarter to bust the game open 13-6. It is the third time this season that the Saints have scored 10 or more goals in a game. They are 3-0 in those games. More importantly, Siena moves to 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Loftus scored with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter to give Siena (4-5, 2-0) a 9-6 lead and start a run where the Saints would score on three consecutive shots. Siena won the ensuing faceoff, and then Loftus fed Scott Montgomery for a goal just nine seconds later. The Saints again won the faceoff after Montgomery's goal, and Bryan Neufeld connected off an assist from Ryan Duggan at the 2:04 mark. Loftus added an unassisted tally at the 1:26 mark of the third, and then notched a man-up goal with 46 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Saints a 13-6 advantage.
The contest started off as a defensive battle, as it was tied at 1-1 after one quarter. Salvatore Spatarella got Manhattan (4-5, 1-2) on the board first less than a minute into the game. Kenny Mazzone scored the equalizer for Siena at the 11:11 mark, and the sides remained even until Synowiez gave Manhattan a 2-1 lead early in the second quarter. The Jaspers increased their advantage to 3-1 when Spatarella posted a man-down tally with 11:58 remaining in the first half.
Siena responded with three goals in a row to take a 4-3 lead before Synowiez notched his second tally of the game with 4:37 left in the half. Brendan Murphy's goal at the 1:44 mark of the second quarter gave the Saints a 5-4 halftime lead. The Saints increased their lead to 6-4 on Neufeld's goal 48 seconds into the third quarter, but back-to-back Manhattan goals tied the game at 6-6. Chris Zarins scored at the 9:39 mark to give the Saints back the lead and start the rally where Siena notched the last seven goals of the quarter to pull away.
Loftus tallied a game-high seven points, finishing with five goals and two assists. Neufeld and Kenny Mazzone each had three goals and two assists for the Saints, as 12 of Siena's 16 goals were assisted. Scott Montgomery corralled 11 ground balls and won 14-of-26 faceoffs, including 7-of-10 in the decisive third quarter. Mazzone collected six ground balls and Kyle Vercruysse had five, as Siena held a 51-45 advantage on the ground. Brent Herbst (4-4) made 10 saves to earn the win.
Goalkeeper John Geagan (2-5) had five ground balls to go along with 10 saves. Geagan allowed 15 goals before being replaced by Connor Dougherty.
Loftus had three goals on the season prior to this game. His previous season-high for shots was three, which he did twice. Today he took 10 shots and put nine of them on the cage.
Siena returns to action next Saturday when they host Wagner at Siena Turf Field at 2 p.m.