March 12, 2012
After coming excruciatingly close to earning their first win with a pair of tight contests last week, Siena's seniors stepped up in a big way Monday to get the Saints over the hump. Seniors Michelle Andreo, Kristin McMillan and Deirdre McQuillan combined to score 12 goals as the Saints earned their first victory of 2012, 15-12 at Presbyterian.
Coming off a hard fought, two-goal defeat Wednesday vs. 18th ranked UAlbany, Siena (1-6) led by two goals with less than four minutes left Saturday at Davidson before falling 14-13. Monday, Siena finally broke through into the win column.
The Saints got off to a fast start, racing out to an early 4-0 lead. But Presbyterian (1-6) battled back to tie the game at 7-7 at the half.
The teams traded multiple ties and lead changes for most of the second half, with the Blue Hose tying things one final time at 12-12 with 7:39 remaining.
But with the game, and a shot at their first win on the line, the seniors showed the way. McMillan netted the eventual game-winner with 6:12 remaining and McQuillan and Andreo also added tallies in the waning moments as the Saints scored the game's final three goals to pull out the victory.
Andreo (five goals) and McMillan (four goals) each tied career-highs in goals, while McQuillan finished with four points including a hat trick and won a career-high five draw controls. Andreo also picked up four groundballs, while McMillan added four groundballs and three draw controls.
The 15 goals which the Saints' offense erupted for were also their most in the last 15 games since a 19-7 pasting of Presbyterian last season.
Four Blue Hose recorded two-goal performances, with Catherine Ellis and Brianne Ward each adding five draw controls.
The Saints return north Saturday to host Bryant at Siena Turf Field at 1 p.m.