Siena Beats Manhattan 8-3 in Wild Shootout

Oct. 18, 2002

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Three Siena players scored more than once as the Saints outgunned Manhattan 8-3 in a bizarre, fractious game played on the Siena campus. With the win, Siena remains unbeaten in the MAAC at 2-0 and 2-7-1 overall. Manhattan fell to 3-8-1 and 1-1-1 in conference play.

The tone of the game was set when two Manhattan players, Mike Walsh and Stephen McKenna, were red carded within five minutes of each other midway through the first half. As a result, Manhattan played most of the game with two fewer players than Siena.

The Saints capitalized quickly, scoring three goals in a six-minute span starting in the 30th minute. Vinny Russo (Staten Island, N.Y./Marymount International) scored two of his three goals in the stretch with Jeff Lewis (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) adding the other.

Manhattan scored early in the second half to cut the lead to 3-1 but Siena quickly responded with Russo's third goal. Manhattan then scored an own goal caused by persistent Siena pressure. Steve Liebezeit scored twice to get the Jaspers back within striking range at 5-3. However, walk-on John Wilkes (North Hatfield, Mass./Smith Academy) scored twice in the game's final 15 minutes to put the game out of reach.

Goalie Ryan Jordan (Monroe, N.Y), a transfer last season from Manhattan, came off the bench to pick up the win, making five saves and allowing all three goals. Antonio Treglia was undermined by an outmanned defense, allowing all eight goals and making six saves.

Siena looks to remain undefeated in MAAC play with a home matchup against Saint Peter's on Sunday at 1 p.m.