Furious Siena Rally Falls Just Short
March 16, 2013
Siena Women's Lacrosse nearly completed arguably the craziest comeback in program history. Trailing by six with just over seven minutes remaining, the Saints rattled off five straight goals but ran out of time in a 9-8 loss to St. Bonaventure in Corning, N.Y.
Maggie Deloria scored her first of two goals during the five-goal spurt, pulling the Saints (1-6) within just 9-4 with 7:06 left. Casey Irwin tacked on a goal just over a minute later, but Siena could not get any closer than 9-5 with less than two minutes to play.
Then, the furious final rally began as Siena scored three times in 70 seconds.
Freshman Ashley Ruchalski scored her first collegiate goal, converting a free-position shot with 1:47 remaining. The Saints won the ensuing draw control and scored again just 16 seconds later as Deloria put in a rebound.
Siena, which has dominated on the draw all year long, won another key possession and after a foul on St. Bonaventure (4-1), Sarah Croutier fired home the free-position tally to make it a one-goal game.
But the Bonnies won the most important draw of the game on the ensuing opportunity and ran out the final few seconds, sending the Saints to their fourth straight defeat.
Jenna Schlagenhauf scored all four of her goals in the first half for the Bonnies which led throughout and took a 5-1 lead at the break. Elspeth McGarry added two goals and Karly Kocis contributed 12 saves for St. Bonaventure which has won all seven meetings in the series history between the two programs.
Alyssa Treanor added two goals for the Saints and freshman Lauren Smith won a career-high eight draw controls. Siena, which had just seven free-position goals in its first six games, converted five of its eight opportunities.
Siena puts a bow on its season long five-game road trip Wednesday when the Saints travel to Binghamton for a 4 p.m. start.