April 17, 2011
Siena Women's Lacrosse could have qualified for their second straight MAAC Tournament and just the third in program history with a win and some help on Sunday. But after today's game at Canisius, it is evident that the Saints still have much work left to do in accomplishing that goal. The Griffs scored the first seven goals of the game and 13 of the first 14 as Siena fell 19-8 in Buffalo.
Now the task at hand is simple. With a win on Senior Day next Saturday vs. Marist, Siena (7-7, 2-3) will punch its ticket to the MAAC Tournament. A loss against the Red Foxes, and the Saints' season will come to an end. Marist has won 10 of 14 all-time meetings between the programs.
A win today could have put the Saints on the precipice of a MAAC Tournament berth. Coupled with a Manhattan victory later this evening at Marist, the Saints would have been in. But the Saints eliminated all hopes of that by digging themselves a big hole early on Sunday.
Canisius (10-4, 4-1) raced out to a 7-0 lead just 17 minutes into the game and ended all but any hope of a Siena victory by taking a commanding 12-1 lead at the half. The Golden Griffins out-shot Siena 24-4 in the opening stanza, while forcing the sloppy Saints into 11 turnovers.
Siena would score seven times in the second half, but three of those tallies came in the final 96 seconds with the game firmly in hand.
Katie Maguire and Caitlin Mikel led the Saints with two goals apiece while Erin Hepper, Kristin McMillan, Deirdre McQuillan and Allie Primo all added single tallies.
Siena was out-shot 35-14 and had trouble maintaining possession all afternoon committing 18 turnovers while being successful in just 10 of their 18 clears.
Lindsey Morgan, who entered the game with just eight goals and 11 total points in the first 13 games of the season, erupted for seven points on five goals and two assists. Megan Oosting scored four times adding five groundballs and won nine draw controls - one more than Siena's total.
Now it all comes down to Senior Day Saturday against Marist at high noon at Siena Turf Field. Prior to the game, the Saints will honor graduating seniors and quad-captains Hepper, Primo, Burgandy McCurty and the program's all-time leading in scorer in Mikel. The quartet will need a win to keep their collegiate careers alive.