Oct. 21, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Sindre Ek continues to make a strong statement for MAAC Player of the Year consideration. The senior striker scored twice, leading Siena to a 2-1 victory over Canisius as the Saints tied a program record with their sixth straight home win.
Siena (9-6, 5-1) was forced to rebound from a slow start as Canisius (8-5-2, 1-4) struck for first blood in the fourth minute. Gavin Falconer led in Asani Samuels down the left side for his fourth goal of the season.
But the Saints responded, taking the next seven shots of the match and controlled tempo the rest of the way.
Ek tied things up in the 22nd minute by being in the right place at the right time. Matt Hemsley sent in a high cross from the right that deflected out of a group to Ek who was unmarked on the left side in picking up his 10th goal of the season.
The Oslo, Norway native wasted no time in the second half to give Siena the lead for good. Just 1:25 into the stanza James Beeston led in Ek down the left side as he fired home what would ultimately be his fourth game-winning goal of the season and eighth in his career.
Ek, who leads the MAAC in both points (26) and goals (11) has already doubled his career total in both categories from his first three seasons combined. Now tied for fifth in program history in goals (21) and sixth in points (51), Ek's 26 points this season are the fourth most in single-season history with still three regular season matches remaining.
Siena out-shot Canisius 16-10 and held a 10-5 edge in corners in remaining tied for first in the MAAC with Loyola which defeated Fairfield 3-0. Adam Myers made two saves to earn the win, while the Golden Griffins Eric DeHond stopped eight shots.
After dropping their home opener to Hartford, the Saints have won six in a row at home, tying for the program's longest home winning streak initially set during the 2008-09 seasons.
Siena will look to set a program record with a seventh straight home win and reach double figures in overall wins for just a third time in team history when they host Marist Saturday at 3 p.m. The final home match of the season, the Saints will celebrate Senior Day prior to kickoff and honor the program's five seniors Daniel Alderstad, Ek, Joe Miner, Jannis Opalka and Sean Sullivan.