April 20, 2004
The Siena College men's lacrosse team ended their nine-game losing streak and earned their first win of the season with a 7-6 victory over Binghamton. With the victory, the Saints are now 1-9 overall. The loss haulted a five-game winning streak for the Bearcats, who stand at 6-5 on the season.
The Bearcats had four potential game-tying shots in the final 1:42 of the game but could not find the equalizer as the Saints' defense remained strong, keeping Binghamton scoreless in the final 2:04 of the game to help Siena hold on for the one-goal victory.
After Siena scored back-to-back goals, courtesy of Paul Wolpert and Matt Walsh, with 7:30 remaining and 4:14 remaining to break a 5-5 tie and go up by two goals, the Bearcats drew within one with 2:04 left on a goal by freshman attack Rob Williams (Fulton, N.Y.). Binghamton then controlled the ensuing faceoff and maintained possession of the ball over the final two minutes. In the frenzied closing seconds of the game, Siena goalie John Bamford made two of his 16 saves in the final 14 seconds to preserve the win.
Earlier in the quarter, sophomore midfielder Joe Conner (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) had tied the game at 5-5 on a goal with 8:11 showing. It drew the Bearcats even with Siena for the first time since the middle of the second period. The Saints struck back decisively, however, as Paul Wolpert's goal at the 7:30 mark put Siena on top for good.
Freshman attack Matt McNamara (Oswego, N.Y.) led Binghamton with two goals and classmate Jeff Santucci (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) had two assists. Sophomore attack Joe Vavala (Dewey Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen) added a goal and an assist.
Daniel Wolpert and Walsh each tallied two goals and an assist for Siena, while Eric Hungershafer and Christopher Padden, in addition to Paul Wolpert's game-winner, added one goal apiece.
The Saints will return to action at home on Tuesday, April 27 when they host Hartford. Game-time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.