Water Polo On Both Sides of Buzzer Beater

Jacque Verdon led the Saints all day with seven goals.

April 6, 2014

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The Saints Water Polo team came out on top after defeating VMI as Brianna Ritota scored with five seconds left in the game to seal the Saints win. Siena fell victim to a buzzer beater in their late game, dropping the match 12-11 to Villanova in MAAC play at the Siena Swim Center.

The game featured several back –and-forth scoring from Siena and VMI in the first half, as Siena would go into halftime with the lead from a Taylor Young goal. VMI took the edge with three straight goals in the third before the Saints responded with three goals of their own to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Jacque Verdon scored three of the Saints six second quarter goals and was an important role player in giving the Saints the lead at halftime.

With 3:50 to go in the game, Lea Allen fouled out and a missed opportunity in front of the cage allowed VMI to respond scoring back-to-back goals to go up 13-11. After a Stephanie Bundas goal, the Saints earned a five-meter penalty shot for Melanie Boehrig. Boehrig would convert and tie game at 13-13 with 1:09 left.

As the clock continued closer to zero, Hurley found Bundas ahead of the pack but VMI ‘s goalie Emily Cait Farsakian made the tough save that went out of bounds on the deflection and Siena received possession with 43 seconds left. 

After two consecutive exclusions on VMI, Siena took advantage of the two-man advantage as Brianna Ritota scored with 4.8 seconds for the 14-13 advantage.

Junior goalie Madeline Hurley finished the game with 12 saves. Allen, Boehrig and Jacquelyn Verdon each tallied a hat trick as Bundas and Ritota each had two goals.

VMI’s Bailey Huddleston had 6 goals on the game.

In game two, Siena was on the wrong side of the buzzer beater, as Villanova’s Ashton Cline scored her fifth and game winning goal .009 of a second before the clock hit zero.

Senior’s Melanie Boehrig and Lea Allen were honored before the Villanova game and they took the emotion to the pool. Leading the Saints’ comeback. Boehrig started it off when she connected on a five-meter penalty shot with 5:07 left in second quarter.

Down by three goals, the Saints responded with back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter. Boehrig scored on a breakaway opportunity with seven minutes left and Taylor Young took the rebound off the cage and put it in the goal, bringing bring the score to 9-8.

Villanova did not back down as they scored the next to goals to increase their lead to three. Then the Saints came soaring back, scoring three unanswered goals. Jacque Verdon had a tremendous day, scoring four goals in the game, including one in the fourth. Lea Allen followed up Verdon’s goal with a goal of her own to bring the Saints within one.

With 43 seconds left, senior Boehrig put the shot in the top left cage to tie that game at 11-11. Villanova charged down the pool as Boehrig was called for the exclusion to give Villanova a man up opportunity and they converted at the buzzer with .009 seconds left on the scoring system and Villanova defeated Siena 12-11.

Siena travels to Staten Island next weekend, April 12 for their final two games of the season, facing off against Saint Francis at 10 a.m. and Wagner at 2 p.m.