Gareth Elliott isn't quite sure what to make of his team this season. Truth is, he hasn't been able to see the final product on the field yet. The Saints dropped their third straight one goal decision Wednesday, falling at UAlbany 1-0.
"We need to get healthy," Elliott said after the loss. "We aren't very healthy right now. We'll keep fighting and keep working hard, but we need to clean up some things too."
Anthony DeSalvo scored the only goal in the 78th minute, gathering Jeff Pierre's pass before turning and lofting the ball into the top left corner. The tally held up as the Saints' pressed forward in the final 10 minutes but could not break through.
It was the third straight loss for Siena which opened its season with a 5-1 win at Syracuse. The Saints had lost 2-1 double-overtime affairs to Sacred Heart and Colgate entering today's match.
The two teams battled through an even first 45 minutes with UAlbany controlling a 6-4 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corners. The Great Danes had the first major scoring opportunity when Milos Jankovic sent a dangerous ball into the box in the 61st minute. DeSalvo tracked it down before it went out of bounds and sent a pass back to Caleb Ciaschetti who took a shot that went just wide of the goal.
Siena has failed to score in each of its last three meetings against UAlbany.
The Saints best chance came in the 86th minute when James Beeston sent an arching shot from over 25 yards out that was headed to the top right corner of the goal. However, UAlbany's Adrian Foncette made an acrobatic save and the ensuing corner kick was successfully cleared away before the final whistle sounded minutes later.
Siena looks to snap its mini slide at Rhode Island Saturday night at 7 p.m.