April 27, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The winningest class in Siena Women's Lacrosse history saw their brilliant careers come to an abrupt end Friday. MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield scored the game's final five goals to defeat the fourth seeded Saints 10-4 in the conference semifinals at the Demske Sports Complex.
Siena finishes the 2012 season with an overall record of 6-11. Fairfield meanwhile improves to 13-3 overall and advances to the conference championship game Sunday at noon against the winner of tonight's second semifinal between No. 2 Canisius and No. 3 Marist.
Siena controlled the pace for most of the game playing a slow it down, possession game which early on worked to their advantage. Katie Maguire and Michelle Andreo each scored within the first nine minutes to give the Saints a quick 2-0 advantage.
But Fairfield answered back and would score the final three goals of the half to take a 5-3 lead at intermission.
Deirdre McQuillan scored her second goal of the game early in the second half, putting the Saints back in business down 5-4 with 22:54 remaining. McQuillan finishes her career with 155 career points, placing her second all-time in program history.
But the Stags defense, which entered the day ranked seventh nationally in scoring, clamped down the rest of the way. McQuillan's goal would be the final tally as Siena scored just once in the game's final 40 minutes.
Fairfield meticulously tacked on goals down the stretch to pull away and advance to the championship.
In a game predicated on ball control and working the clock, Fairfield out-shot the Saints 17-11. The Stags were able to control tempo as the game progressed thanks in large part to winning 11 of 16 draw controls.
Senior defender Amanda Corso, the MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, had arguably her finest collegiate performance in her final game with the Saints, causing a career-high seven turnovers. Corso and the Saints forced Fairfield, which entered the game as the hardest team to turn over in the MAAC, into an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers.
Melanie Raso led Fairfield with five points including a hat trick, while Chloe Mangan and MAAC Rookie of the Year Courtney Chmil each scored twice.
Siena's six seniors go out with 27 wins to their names and were the first class in program history to make it to three MAAC Tournaments. Although they depart, the Siena Women's Lacrosse Class of 2012 built a solid foundation for the program going into the future.