Irish Eyes Are Smiling
March 17, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Freshman Alyssa Treanor could not have asked for a better St. Patrick's Day. Treanor, who's 100% Irish, netted her first career hat trick including the game-winner in overtime as Siena Women's Lacrosse defeated Bryant 9-8 Saturday afternoon at Siena Turf Field.
A native of nearby Niskayuna, Treanor netted the eventual game-winner for the Saints (2-6) with 33 seconds remaining in the first of two overtime periods. Maggie Deloria passed from behind the net to Treanor who cut down the left side and fired home the decisive tally.
Bryant (1-5) got one final chance to tie it up in the second overtime, but with 50 seconds remaining senior Kristin McMillan intercepted a pass out front allowing the Saints to milk the rest of the clock. It was McMillan's fourth caused turnover of the contest and she added seven groundballs as the Saints were able to answer the late Bulldogs' challenge.
The Saints doubled up Bryant 8-4 with 16:19 remaining following a nifty goal from Deirdre McQuillan. After an initial shot from McMillan was saved, McQuillan picked the loose ball from high out of the air and in one motion fired it home to give the Saints a seemingly comfortable lead.
But the Bulldogs did not back down, answering back with four goals. Mary Green accounted for three of the tallies, and Haley Bloom completed the comeback to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:09 remaining in regulation and send the game to overtime.
Siena out-shot Bryant 32-23 and held a 26-19 advantage in groundballs as the Saints defeated the Bulldogs for the fourth consecutive season. Playing in its first overtime game in six years, the Saints improved to 6-1 all-time in overtime contests.
Katie Maguire added a hat trick and Amanda Corso won five draw controls for the Saints. Kristin Concordia added eight saves in goal for Siena which has won back-to-back games after starting the season 0-6.
Lisa Vendel netted a hat trick for Bryant, while Lauren Filippone kept her team in it in goal registering 14 saves while picking up eight groundballs. However, for the second straight season Siena held the Bulldogs' leading scorer Lauren Sheridan without a point and forced her into five turnovers.
The Saints return to action next Saturday at 1 p.m. at defending Atlantic 10 Champion UMass. The Minutewomen entered play this week ranked 18th nationally.