April 30, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, NY-- Junior Matt Walsh (Farmingdale, NY) tied his season-high with four goals and one assist for five points, while junior goalie John Bamford (Woodbridge, VA) stop 14 shots as the Siena men's lacrosse team defeated St. Joseph's University, 6-3 on senior day at Siena Field.
Walsh finishes the regular season with a team-best 25 goals and 15 assists for 40 points. He has improved his career total to 77 goals which moves him into 10th on the school's all-time goals list.
St. Joseph's (3-11) got three goals from Keegan Wilkinson, Mike O'Neill and Brain Ponne and one assist from Alex McColough.
The Saints held the Hawks scoreless for the first 30 minutes of play. The Saints scored the first and last goals of the half to take a 5-0 lead at the break.
The Hawks opened the third quarter with an O'Neill even goal at 8:04, two minutes later teammate Ponne scored to put the Hawks on the board, 5-2.
The tension continued to mount through out the fourth quarter. Junior Greg Pelatti (Mahopac, NY) connected with Walsh for one of his game-high three assists for Siena, to pull away with a 6-2 lead with 7:55 remaining on the clock. Walsh took it hard to the cage for Siena's 6th and eventual final goal of the day. But, the Hawks never gave up. They came down hard in transition, looking to attack the Saints cage, as Wilkinson pulled his team to within three, (6-3) with 7:07 left.
Bamford finished the season with 57 saves, his counterpart Hawks netminder, Dan Morrissey finished with eight saves.
The Siena face-off unit, led by specialists freshman Kevin Hogan and junior Matt Schuster, won 6-of-13 draws. The Saints dominated 38 to 20 in groundballs and caused 14 turnovers led by Neil Falkenhan five and Peter Green four.
The Saints finish the season 4-11 overall and 2-6 in league play. On the 31 man roster, the Saints will lose seniors, Denis Noonan, Thomas Long, Peter Green, Eric Morrissey and Christopher Padden to graduation.