LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse is once again heading to the MAAC Championships. The Saints scored six unanswered goals bridging the third and fourth quarters to rally from a three-goal second half deficit to defeat Detroit 13-10.
Siena (5-7, 3-1), which had never previously qualified for the MAAC Championships in its first 11 years in the conference, secures a tournament berth for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Over that time, Siena is an impressive 41-7 (.854) in conference action.
Colin Clive led the Saints with his third consecutive four-goal game. He scored twice just nine seconds apart to give Siena a 2-0 lead just over a minute in.
But Detroit (2-8, 2-3), which is the only MAAC team to leave Siena Turf Field victorious over the past five years, stormed back. The Titans reeled off four straight goals and slowed the pace of the game, ultimately taking a 6-3 lead at the half.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter with Detroit reclaiming a three-goal lead at 9-6 with 3:31 remaining. But with their backs against the wall, Siena answered back.
Clive and Danny Martinsen each tallied three points during a six-goal run as the Saints flipped the advantage to 12-9 in the waning minutes. Defensively, Siena was equally impressive as they limited Detroit to as many shots as they had turnovers (14) in the second half.
The reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, Clive made a strong case to repeat the honor. The junior attackman added two assists to finish with a career-high tying six points.
Meanwhile Martinsen added a hat trick and finished with five points, in the process moving into seventh on Siena's all-time scoring list with 158 career points.
Siena out-shot Detroit 36-29 and held a decisive 43-27 advantage in groundballs as the surging Saints won for the fourth time in their past five games.
Alex Maini and Scott Drummond each tallied hat tricks and finished with four points apiece for the Titans which have lost nine in a row on the road and fell to just 4-37 all-time away from home.
If Siena wants to eventually also capture its sixth MAAC Regular Season Championship in seven years, it will need to at least get past Marist. The 8-2 Red Foxes sit atop the MAAC with a perfect 4-0 conference mark and host the Saints next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Poughkeepsie.