April 12, 2014
Nate Barry scored the game-tying goal with 4:02 remaining in regulation and fired home the game-winner with 3:07 left in overtime as Siena Lacrosse knocked off defending MAAC Champion Detroit 9-8 in the Motor City in a rematch of last season's conference title game.
With the win, Siena (7-4, 4-0) clinched a berth in next month's four-team MAAC Championships for the seventh time in the past eight seasons after having never qualified in the program's first 11 years in the conference.
With the game tied 4-4 at intermission, Siena dominated the second half out-shooting Detroit (5-6, 2-2) 30-12 and held a 22-11 edge in groundballs over the final 30 minutes plus overtime. But Titans' goalie Jason Weber made 12 of his 18 saves after the break to keep Detroit in it.
In a tight game throughout as expected, the Saints took the first and only two-goal lead by either team as Kyle Curry completed the hat trick to give Siena a 7-5 advantage with 12:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Detroit scored three unanswered goals in 4:16, capped by Tom Masterson's go-ahead tally to make it an 8-7 Titans advantage with 5:04 left in regulation.
Barry, who finished with four points, tied the game moments later to send the game to overtime. Siena won the opening faceoff and after calling a timeout, Barry scored the decisive goal as Siena enacted a measure of revenge against a Detroit team which rallied from a five-goal second half deficit last year to stun the Saints 11-10 in overtime of the MAAC Championship Game.
Six Titans tallied two points apiece led by Shayne Adams and Scott Drummond who each notched a pair of goals.
The MAAC preseason favorites, Siena can clinch the program's sixth MAAC Regular Season Title in the past eight years with a win next Saturday at Quinnipiac. Faceoff is set for noon in Hamden, Conn.