April 20, 2013
Drew Nesmith scored the game-winning sudden death goal just 31 seconds into overtime, sending Marist to a 10-9 win over the Saints in Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes secured the No. 1 seed and at least a share of the MAAC Regular Season Title, while Siena will be the No. 3 seed and face second seeded Jacksonville in the MAAC Semifinals May 3 in Buffalo.
Richie Hurley and Conor Prunty led Siena (5-8, 3-2) with hat tricks and four points apiece in a game that had a distinct MAAC Championship feel to it. Red-shirt freshman Tommy Cordts added 15 saves in goal in his first collegiate start, holding Marist's (9-2, 5-0) MAAC-leading offense in check.
Siena reeled off four straight goals to take their first lead, 5-3 late in the second quarter. But Marist's Jim Marks scored the next three goals including the final two of the first half to even the score heading into intermission.
The teams alternated goals throughout the second half with neither side scoring consecutive tallies. Hurley tied the game one final time at 9-9 with 8:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Marist, which entered the game amongst teams also receiving votes to be ranked in both the USILA Coaches' and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls this week, held a 44-32 advantage in groundballs and committed just nine turnovers to the Saints' 16.
Colin Clive added two goals for the Saints which were facing their sixth opponent this season that was either nationally ranked or receiving votes to be ranked in either or both major polls. Six of Siena's eight losses this season have come by three goals or less including a pair in overtime.
In addition to Marks' hat trick, Nesmith, Jack Doherty and Joseph Radin each scored twice for Marist. Dave Scarcello made 10 saves for the Red Foxes which snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Saints.
Siena faces its third top-10 opponent Tuesday when they welcome crosstown rival UAlbany to Siena Turf Field for a 4:30 p.m. faceoff. The Great Danes, which won their only game this week, currently stand 10th in both the USILA Coaches' and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls this week. Tuesday's game will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.