Siena Falls to Marist in Thriller 8-7
April 19, 2006
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -Senior Matt Walsh's four-goal effort could not contain the Marist Red Foxes (6-5, 4-1), as they captured an 8-7 victory over the Saints (3-8, 2-3) on Wednesday afternoon in Loudonville. Sophomore attack Pete O'Hara tallied the game-winning strike on behalf of the Red Foxes with 47 seconds to play.
Besides Walsh, three other individual Saints accounted for goals in the loss, including senior Greg Powell and the freshmen tandem of Matt Girsh and Chris Zarins. Girsh's score increased his season total to a team-high 28 goals, while Zarins remains second on the team in goals scored with 18 with his tally.
Following an exchange of goals by Marist's Tim Iuculano and Walsh to open the first period, the Red Foxes erupted with three straight goals to take a 4-1 lead at halftime. Freshman Nick Hautau did the damage for the Red Foxes, scoring back-to-back goals with the second coming at the 12:21 mark in the second period, while junior Keith Detelj complimented his teammate to complete the 3-0 run.
Not wasting any time, the Saints opened the second half with a 3-0 run of their own to tie the game at 4-4 with goals coming from Zarins, Walsh and Girsh, respectively. Junior Matt Donovan aided in the scoring with two assists to Walsh and Girsh, while junior Michael Aylward lofted a nice assist to Zarins.
After a pair of goals by Marist's Andrew Walsh and Iucalono that gave the Red Foxes a 6-4 lead with 12:37 remaining, Powell sliced the deficit to one on a man-up opportunity. By game's end, the Saints would finish 3-for-5 in man-up opportunities.
Fifty seconds later, Walsh struck again; this time with his third goal of the game with the help of Zarins, who was credited with the assist. Walsh's score notched the game at 6-6 with 10:22 remaining.
Detelj gave the Red Foxes a one-goal lead at the 8:24 mark, but Walsh tied the game at 7-7 following a nifty feed from Donovan with 4:47 left to play.
With the game up for grabs, O'Hara secured the victory for the Red Foxes after putting one past Saints' goalie David Jalette.
Panning across the stat line, the game was evenly played as the Red Foxes only out-shot the Saints by a margin of nine, 36-27. The Saints picked up 33 ground balls, while the Red Foxes scooped 45 in the contest. Both teams were consistently successful in clear opportunities as the Saints went 23-for-25, while the Red Foxes went 21-for-23.
In net for the Saints, Jalette recorded 13 saves, while counterpart Ryan Penner posted a total of seven for Marist.
The Saints next take on the Manhattan Jaspers, while also bidding adieu to their graduating seniors as part of Senior Day on Saturday at Siena. Game-time is scheduled for 1 p.m.