May 4, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - For the fourth straight year Siena Lacrosse will play in the MAAC Title Game. Colin Clive scored four goals as the top-seeded Saints ousted No. 4 seed and MAAC Tournament host Marist 11-9 Saturday night at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. Siena will play No. 3 seed Canisius for the MAAC Championship here Sunday at noon.
Last year's MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Clive continued his May dominance. His final goal of the game completed a three-goal run for the Saints (11-4) to overcome a 7-6 deficit and take the lead for good at 9-7 seconds into the final period.
Clive and the Saints had to battle back and show resiliency against a disciplined Marist (6-8) squad which Siena crushed two weeks ago to the tune of 20-8. In the rematch, the Red Foxes controlled possession early, ran clock and picked their spots to perfection. As a result, Marist took a 6-4 lead into the half.
But Clive, along with the help of some unlikely heroes, paved the way for Siena to pull out a gritty win.
After losing four of his first five faceoffs, Dowd rebounded in a big way to win 15 of his final 18 draws. He picked up a career-high and Siena MAAC Tournament record 15 groundballs and also added an assist while more importantly helping tip the possession game back in Siena's favor.
These contributions were greatly needed as Marist did a phenomenal job taking Bryan Neufeld and Danny Martinsen out of the game. The duo, which each rank in the top-six nationally in scoring, was held to just one point albeit a key Martinsen goal in transition for Siena's final tally with 4:46 remaining. Neufeld meanwhile was held scoreless for just the third time in his career.
Evan Guarini and Aedan Herman each scored twice for Marist. Craig Goodermote added 12 saves for the Red Foxes which end the season with a four-game losing streak.
Siena, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, held a 38-29 edge in groundballs. Tom Morr added nine saves for the Saints which have won eight in a row over Marist.
Siena will now look to capture its third MAAC Championship in four years Sunday against Canisius which was a 12-10 winner earlier in the day against Detroit. Siena won the first meeting between the teams this year in Loudonville 14-2 on Apr. 14.