Siena Sweeps Home Matches Saturday

Katie Ness scored four goals against Villanova.

March 3, 2012

Siena water polo made the most of a home-pool advantage Saturday, winning two games at the Siena Swim Center. The Saints topped Villanova 9-7 in the day's first game before cruising to a 14-5 victory over Utica.

The Saints (3-6) erased a one-goal deficit after one period of play against the Wildcats, going ahead to stay in the third period. Katie Ness scored four goals in the win, with classmate Traci Robertson adding two. Meanwhile, freshman goalkeeper Madeline Hurley tallied 13 saves in net, a new career-high.

The nightcap featured the Green and Gold dominating from the opening whistle. The Saints jumped out to 6-1 and 12-2 advantages over the Pioneers after the first and second periods, and five Siena players scored multiple goals. Sophomore Melanie Boehrig and freshman Jacquelyn Verdon each had hat tricks, while Hurley and junior Stephani Pouder combined for 12 saves in goal.

Siena will look to keep the momentum going at next week's Claremont Convergence. The two-day event starts next Friday with games against Occidental and Whittier in Claremont, Calif.