LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena scored 12 unanswered goals and held Manhattan scoreless for nearly 53 minutes as women's lacrosse picked up their first conference win of the year 14-4 Saturday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Deirdre McQuillan led the Saints with six points including five goals.
Siena (3-9, 1-2) dominated for nearly the entire game. Manhattan (3-8, 1-2) took a 3-2 lead seven minutes in, but would not score again until there were just 29 seconds remaining in the contest. During that time, Siena scored 12 goals in cruising to the victory and keeping their MAAC Tournament hopes alive.
In their best all-around performance of the year at both ends of the field, the Saints set season-highs in assists (eight), points (22), caused turnovers (11), goals allowed (four) and tied a season-best picking up 26 groundballs.
Siena out-shot Manhattan 35-19 and the Jaspers turned the ball over 22 times. The Saints were also aided by eight Manhattan yellow cards which led to three of Siena's goals.
McQuillan led the offense, in the process moving to fourth all-time in program history both in career goals (98) and points (141). Michelle Andreo, Katie Maguire and Shannon Pfohl each added two goals and an assist.
Equally impressive was the Siena defense anchored by Kristin Concordia and defender Morgan Will. Concordia made seven saves and picked up three groundballs, while Will led the team with five groundballs caused two turnovers. Will matched up with the MAAC's leading goal scorer Chrissy Gutenberger and held her scoreless.
Christina Fiorinelli made 11 saves and picked up three groundballs for the Jaspers.
The Saints return to the field Wednesday at Niagara for a 4 p.m. tilt.