March 29, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Richie Hurley is running away with the MAAC scoring title. The red-shirt junior captain posted his third seven-point game of the season as Siena Lacrosse outlasted Canisius 10-7 on the Saints' Senior Day.
Hurley, who entered the day with 13 more points than the MAAC's next leading scorer, tallied his fourth hat trick of the season. The nation's fourth leading scorer and third ranked player in assists factored in the scoring on each of the Saints' (6-3, 3-0) final five goals.
Siena would need all of his points to win their third straight game and hold off a late charge from a Canisius (4-5, 1-2) squad which was fresh off the program's first-ever win over a nationally ranked program, upsetting 13th ranked UAlbany Tuesday.
The Saints led 4-1 at the half and by as many as five goals, 7-2 midway through the third quarter. The score would remain that way until the final minute of the period when the Golden Griffins scored twice to build momentum heading into the fourth.
Canisius would ultimately rally to within a goal, 8-7 on a Cody Gould tally with 7:37 remaining, but Tommy Cordts made four of his nine saves in the final quarter and the Saints scored a pair of insurance goals late to secure their 11th straight MAAC home win.
Conor Prunty added three points and Colin Clive and Kyle Curry scored two goals apiece for the Saints which concluded their four-game homestand, marking the program's only scheduled home games this spring.
Seven different players accounted for the Golden Griffins' seven goals. Jeff Edwards, Tim Edwards and Vince Gravino led the way with two points each.
Siena will now end the regular season exactly like it began - with a five-game road trip. The Saints travel to regional power Hofstra for a 7 p.m. faceoff next Saturday night. The Pride entered the week ranked 19th in the Warrior Media Poll and first amongst teams also receiving votes in the latest USILA Coaches' Poll.