April 25, 2010
Siena women's lacrosse lost at defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Fairfield, 10-9 Sunday afternoon, but earned some confidence in the regular season finale. The Saints battled back throughout and put a scare into the Stags who finish as undefeated MAAC Regular Season Champions.
Siena (7-8, 3-3) and Fairfield (12-4, 6-0) will play again in the MAAC Tournament semifinals in Poughkeepsie on Friday. The Stags are the No. 1 seed and the Saints the No. 4 seed.
Caitlin Mikel matched the program's single season scoring record (65) set by Lindsey Rosecrans last season with four points on two goals and two assists.
Allie Primo gave Siena its only lead 70 seconds into the game. Fairfield then scored five straight goals and led 6-2 at halftime.
Katie MacKay and Kristen Coleman both scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half and Fairfield led 8-3. But the Saints wouldn't go quietly and scored four in a row to make it a one-goal game. Coleman, the league's Preseason Player of the Year, scored and assisted on another to give the Stags a 10-7 lead with eight minutes remaining. She led all players with six points on three goals and three assists.
Deirdre McQuillan scored with four minutes to play and Kristin McMillan brought Siena within one goal with 42 seconds left in regulation. Fairfield won the ensuing draw and Amanda Corso caused a turnover to give the Saints one last chance. But Siena turned the ball over trying to move it down the field and couldn't get a shot in the last 25 seconds.
Kristin Concordia made 12 saves in the loss.
The Saints will play in their first MAAC Tournament since 2005 and their second since joining the conference in 1997.