LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena scored four straight goals to cut a six-goal deficit to just two but could get no closer as women's lacrosse fell 17-12 to Vermont. Senior captain Katie Maguire and freshman Sarah Croutier each notched four goals for the Saints.
Vermont (2-1) raced out to a 3-0 lead just 2:19 into the game and scored the first four goals of the contest. Marcie Marino scored all four of the goals in getting off to a phenomenal start.
The Catamounts built a commanding 10-4 lead late in the first half, but the Saints (1-2) battled back. Croutier and Maguire each scored in the final 85 seconds of the half, giving the Saints momentum and only a 10-6 deficit entering intermission.
Maguire scored twice more just 11 seconds apart as the Saints rallied to within two goals, 10-8 just 1:19 into the second half.
The teams exchanged the next eight goals to make it a 14-12 Vermont advantage with 8:47 remaining, but the Catamounts scored the final three goals to defeat the Saints for the 14th time in 15 all-time meetings.
Marino was the difference for Vermont, finishing with seven points including five goals. Sydney Mas added six points on two goals and four assists and Jessica Roach contributed a hat trick.
Freshman Lauren Smith had another solid game for the Saints with two goals and an assist and won four draw controls. Maguire added four draw controls and Croutier, the reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week, had another solid performance adding three groundballs.
Siena once again controlled possession thanks in large part to another decisive 19-12 edge in draw controls. Sophomore Julia Sirianni, who entered the day third nationally in draw controls, won a game-high six.
Siena, which doesn't play at home again until Mar. 24, opens a season long five-game road trip Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Oyster Bay Classic at Wagner.