LOUDONVILLE, NY -- Siena Women's Lacrosse scored four consecutive goals over a three-minute span in the final six minutes to pull away late from LIU Brooklyn 15-11 at Siena Turf Field. Reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Alexis Deaken erupted for a career-high nine points to help give new head coach Abigail Rehfuss her first collegiate head coaching victory.
Deaken also set a new personal best with six goals for Siena (1-3) which won for the sixth time in seven all-time meetings with LIU Brooklyn (0-4). Senior Maggie Cifarelli and sophomore Annie Brennan also added hat tricks for the Saints which held a commanding 37-24 advantage in shots.
Rachel Masullo scored four goals, won nine draw controls, and picked up five groundballs to pace the Blackbirds, while reserve Sierra O'Connor contributed four points highlighted by a hat trick.
Siena scored the first four goals and led throughout while building a 9-5 halftime lead. But LIU Brooklyn rallied by scoring five of the first seven goals to open the second half to rally within just a goal at 11-10 with 13:01 to play.
Following more a more than seven-minute scoreless streak -- the longest drought of the game -- defending MAAC Rookie of the Week Kerry Gerety secured a loose ball and scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 5:50 remaining. Deaken then quickly added back-to-back tallies over a 48-second span, as the Saints' clutch play down the stretch spearheaded by goals from three separate underclassmen sealed the victory.
Siena returns to action Friday for a 4 p.m. draw at Central Connecticut.