May 1, 2010
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -
Siena men's lacrosse carried a 9-0 lead into the third quarter and Brent Herbst didn't allow a goal until midway through the period as the Saints blew the doors off Manhattan 12-5 Saturday afternoon in a `White Out' at Siena Turf Field. The Saints completed their second straight undefeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship and have now won 21 consecutive games against league opponents.
"I thought we played well today," head coach Brian Brecht said. "We started slow but had a great second and third quarter and took control of the game. Our defense had another strong game led by Brent Herbst and our collection of long poles."
Siena (11-4, 8-0) and Manhattan (7-8, 5-3) did little offensively until Ryan Duggan scored as the first quarter expired. John Rogener took the ball to the cage with time winding down and his shot was saved by Jon Fiorillo. Duggan was hanging on the side of the crease and in one motion scooped the ball into the open net as the buzzer sounded.
The Saints exploded for five second quarter goals and three in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Six different Siena players scored until James Synowiez broke up the shutout with 7:53 left in the third quarter following a defensive breakdown. Kyle Ochwat added another less than 30 seconds later, but Siena scored the next three goals and led 12-2 with 9 ½ minutes remaining and the game all but over.
Herbst made 14 saves and allowed three goals in 50 minutes before he was replaced by Bill Kelly in the fourth quarter. Herbst is giving up a paltry 5.23 goals/game and has a 71% save percentage during Siena's six-game win streak.
Duggan, Bryan Neufeld, Kyle Curry and Chris D'Alberti all scored two goals for Siena.
Synowiez led all players with four goals, but was not a factor through the first three quarters. He scored three goals on four shots in the final period.
"This is great momentum heading into the MAAC Tournament next week," Brecht said.
The Saints will be the No. 1 seed in next week's MAAC Tournament which will be played in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Siena will face either Canisius (if Marist defeats Mount St. Mary's tonight) or either Marist, Manhattan or Canisius (if Mount St. Mary's wins tonight) via names being pulled out of a hat by the league office.
Siena president Fr. Kevin Mullen was in attendance and took part in the Senior Day Ceremony. Siena's 11 seniors were honored in a postgame ceremony for their dedication toward Siena lacrosse.