March 29, 2005
Schenectady, NY--Siena junior attack man Matt Walsh scored four goals for the Saints as they claimed an 8-5 win over Holy Cross in their home opener at Frank Bailey field at Union College this afternoon.
Siena (1-5, 0-0) got on the board first when junior attack man Matt Walsh scored off an assist from teammate Christopher Padden at 11:14 with a man-up opportunity. Nearly six minutes later Walsh tallied one of his four unassisted goals. The Crusaders responded when freshman Tim Redmond split the Saints defense to score off a quick pass from Grant Cowherd slicing the Saints lead 2-1. However, Siena quickly regained the momentum when Greg Pelatti found the back of the net off a Walsh assist, 86 seconds later Michael Aylward assisted Walsh on his third goal of the game.
In the second quarter, the Saints held the Crusaders scoreless, but managed to get a goal from Padden. Cowherd began the Crusaders three-goal rally in the third when he netted his third tally of the season unassisted at 3:03 into the quarter. With a little over five minutes left in the stanza, junior Billy Klotz put the score at 5-3 Siena, before sophomore Paul LeBlanc scored his first of two tallies on the day to bring the Crusaders within one of tying the game. Senior Mike McKee assisted on Klotz' goal, while junior John O'Sullivan helped on LeBlanc's.
A three-goal spurt in just over a two-minute time span put Siena up 8-4 in the fourth quarter. Philip Ferrara, Walsh and Padden recorded goals in the quarter for the Saints.
With 4:54 remaining in the game LeBlanc netted his second goal of the game for a final score of 8-5, Siena. Senior Pat Hart assisted on the play.
Dave Jalette prevented seven scores, while his counterpart Matt Fallon had eight saves between David Miranda caused a game high of five turnovers, while Kevin Hogan scooped five ground balls. Matt Schuster won 7-of-10 face offs for the Saints.
Siena welcomes Mount Saint Mary's on Saturday, April 2 with a 1 p.m. face-off.