Feb. 19, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -
A Hollywood screen writer couldn't have scripted Senior Night any better for the Saints. With the game tied, senior captain Merrick Volpe took the ball straight down the lane and made the game winning layup with .2 seconds on the clock, giving Siena a 53-51 victory over Manhattan and sending the senior class out in style Friday evening.
"Serena set a hard screen on the player guarding me and it gave me a clear lane," Volpe said. "I told everyone during the timeout, `whoever takes the final shot, shoot confidently and just go hard.' It's a great way to go out."
Volpe finished with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 37 minutes.
Lindsey Loutsenhizer led Manhattan (13-13, 8-7) to a 29-25 halftime lead with 13 points. She was held to just two points in the second half.
Siena trailed the first 15 minutes of the second half, but used a 12-2 run to take a 50-45 lead with 4:13 remaining. Volpe and Moore each scored five points during that run.
The last two games (both losses) Siena has struggled in the last five minutes, making just one field goal and committing five turnovers. This game almost slipped away as Siena scored one point in four minutes. With one minute left and the game tied, Siena had a shot clock violation that gave the ball back to the Jaspers.
But Manhattan missed three shots and Siena got the ball back with nine seconds left. Siena called a timeout and Volpe executed the play to give Siena the much needed win.
The Saints have sole possession of sixth place in the MAAC standings and play league leading Marist on the road this Sunday. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Senior forward Sarah Fullmer returned to the starting lineup and led the team with 16 points and seven rebounds. Moore finished with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Volpe, Fullmer, Sara Parnell, Allie Lindemann and Charlieann Chacon were honored in a pre-game ceremony for their dedication to the program.