Sept. 19, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena snapped a three-game losing streak in emphatic fashion Wednesday, overpowering UMass 3-1 at Siena Turf Field. James Beeston, Nils Weddig and Tom Allen all scored for the Saints which out-shot their Atlantic-10 foes 25-6.
Following three consecutive overtime losses, 90 minutes was all the Saints (3-4) would need to dispatch UMass (2-3-2). Siena came out firing on all cylinders in the opening half, out-shooting the Minutemen 15-1.
The Saints took advantage scoring twice and narrowly missed two other potential goals which hit the iron. Beeston opened the scoring in the 13th minute, putting in the rebound off a Weddig target. Weddig then added his first collegiate goal in the 27th minute, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead at the break.
UMass found its footing in the second half and midway through the stanza Josh Schwartz narrowed the gap to 2-1.
But the Saints responded to the challenge and closed out the game strong. In the 77th minute Allen iced it, finishing a cross from Nick Theobald who picked up his second assist of the day on the play.
UMass goalie Brian Frame saw plenty of action in goal and made nine saves as the Minutemen finished their season long four-game road trip winless.
Weddig and Allen led a balanced attack with five shots apiece for the Saints which earned just their second all-time win over UMass in 19 meetings.
The Saints close out their three-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. Siena faces crosstown rival UAlbany in a game that will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports.