March 31, 2012
Historically, Siena water polo's biggest rival for a spot in the MAAC Tournament has been St. Francis (N.Y.). The Terriers got a leg up in the annual dogfight, capturing the first meeting of 2012 14-9 after breaking open a game that was tight well into the third quarter.
Siena (7-16, 2-3 MAAC) saw its only leads of the contest during a hotly-contested first quarter. The Saints jumped out to an early 3-2 lead after just 1:46 of play, but were down 6-5 after eight minutes. The scoring slowed dramatically in the second quarter, and sophomore Melanie Boehrig's third goal and classmate Lea Allen's first deadlocked the game at 7-all headed into halftime.
However, St. Francis (N.Y.) took over in the second half. After Siena senior Katie Ness scored with 3:59 left in the third to tie the game at 8, the Terriers scored six of the game's final seven goals while also shutting out the Saints in the fourth quarter.
Rebecca Robinson added two goals and an assist for the Saints, while Allen chipped in with two assists and two steals. Freshman Madeline Hurley was solid in net, stopping nine shots from the fast-paced Terrier offense.
Next on the docket for the Green and Gold are two tough MAAC games on Sunday. The Saints will take on Marist and Wagner in Staten Island, N.Y.