POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - For the third time in six seasons Siena Lacrosse are MAAC Champions. MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player Tommy Cordts made 13 saves and Jordan Barlow and Colin Clive netted hat tricks as the top seeded Saints led from start to finish in a convincing 11-7 win over No. 2 seed and Tournament host Marist Saturday at Tenney Stadium.
Siena (11-5) earns the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out who it will face in when the brackets are revealed Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
"I'm just so proud of these guys, they worked so hard all year," Siena Head Coach John Svec said. "I think these guys are just so excited to be able to practice on Monday."
The Saints scored the first two goals and built a commanding 6-1 advantage at the break.
Quarterbacked by Cordts, Siena's defensive unit had its best performance in the most important game of the year. The Saints held the MAAC's top scoring team in Marist (6-9) more than four goals under their season average, and forced the conference's leader in fewest turnovers into 20 miscues.
The Red Foxes struck twice to open the second half, halving Siena's lead to 6-3 midway through the third quarter. But after suffering excruciating second half setbacks in the past two MAAC title games, the Saints would not let this one get away.
MAAC All-Tournament Team selection Kyle Curry led the Saints with five points including a career-high four assists. His lone goal ended the mini Marist run and the Saints led by at least three goals the rest of the way.
Barlow scored the game-winning goal and finished with four points. He joined Clive, Cordts and Curry on the All-MAAC Tournament Team. MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Richie Hurley contributed two goals and an assist for Siena which has won 10 of the last 11 meetings against their I-87 rivals including six of seven in Poughkeepsie.
The Saints also posted their NCAA-leading seventh true road win.
Colin Joka led Marist with a hat trick while Dave Scarcello made 15 saves in goal for the Red Foxes which have lost six of their last seven MAAC Tournament games after capturing the program's lone conference championship in 2005. Siena shut down Marist's top scorers J.D. Recor and Joseph Radin, limiting them to just a combined two points.
"You've tasted it, and then you had two years of disappointment," Clive said. "So you know how good it can feel. It's just an incredible feeling."