Water Polo Drops First Two MAAC Games

Verdon had two goals

March 23, 2013

A couple of long runs midway through the game was enough to doom the Siena water polo team, as they dropped their first two MAAC games in Virginia.  Lea Allen was the team leader with eight goals on the two games.

The nightcap was the closer of the two games, where Siena (5-8, 0-2 MAAC) and Saint Francis (N.Y.) (1-12, 1-1 MAAC) traded goals through the early part of the contest. 

The first half featured four ties, the latest one coming at 6-6.  Three different players scored for Siena in the opening period, led by Rebecca Robinson who had two. 

In the second, Stephanie Bundas tallied back-to-back goals to give the Saints the 6-5 lead. 

The Terriers took over after that goal.  They went on a 10-1 run which would extend into the third period, and Siena’s comeback fell short with the final score 18-12. 

Samantha Khalil tallied four goals in that stretch, with seven different players scoring for Saint Francis.  Siena would end the long run with a goal by Melanie Boehrig but would only add three more.

In the loss, Allen had four tallies, and Jacquelyn Verdon had two, both coming in the final period.

In the first game of the day, Siena could not recover for 15 team turnovers, falling to Wagner 16-7.  Five different players scored for the Saints in the loss.

The Seahawks (16-9, 1-1 MAAC) jumped out to a 4-1 advantage after back-to-back goals from Megan Rodriguez.  Siena would make a little comeback as the two teams exchanged goals and the Saints found themselves down 7-4.

Allen scored the first three goals of the game for Siena, who also collected a tally from Bundas to close the gap.



Wagner would go on a 7-2 run to put the game out of reach.  Jessica Burdge added all four of her goals in the second period, with the only Siena goals coming from Allen and Brianna Ritota.

Allen finished with a team-high four goals on six shots and adding two assists.  Seven different players recorded at least one steal on the defensive side, led by Cally Timm with two.  The loss snapped Siena’s two game winning streak.

Siena is back in conference action tomorrow as they take on host VMI and defending MAAC champion Iona starting at 10:30 a.m.