April 17, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -
Virginia Military Institute came out guns blazing and built an early 4-0 lead, but Siena answered with a five-goal run and held on for its 17th straight victory against a MAAC team, 13-8 Saturday afternoon. Senior Shaun Dunn sparked the scoring spree and eventually assisted on the game winning goal. He finished with a game-high four points.
Siena (7-4, 4-0) scored its first three goals of the game in less than 40 seconds. Dunn broke the ice and then Bryan Neufeld finished one-on-one with the goalie courtesy of Bryan Hale's defensive work. Hale forced a turnover at midfield and passed to Ryan Duggan in transition who fed Neufeld for the easy goal. Nine seconds later, John Rogener scored Siena's third goal after Hale won the faceoff.
VMI (2-10, 0-5) used two goals in the final minute of the first half to re-take the lead, 6-5.
The Saints dominated the second half, outscoring the Keydets 8-2. After three straight Siena goals, Keith Long stopped the flood and made it 8-7 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Siena put the game away with another five-goal run in the fourth quarter. Dunn assisted on the first, Neufeld's game winner, and then completed his hat-trick.
Dunn has eight three-goal games in his career and Neufeld extended his scoring streak to 29 games, which is fourth longest in the nation.
Senior goalie and reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Brent Herbst (7-3) made 13 saves in the win. VMI's Kelly McMinn made 12 saves in the loss.
Siena took a season-high 43 shots and put 25 on goal. Its man-down unit killed all seven of VMI's extra-man opportunities.
Siena men's lacrosse raised $230 for St. Baldrick's Foundation which donates funds to childhood cancer research.
The Saints return to action on Wednesday when they host Marist at 3 p.m. Both teams are a perfect 4-0 in the MAAC.