April 13, 2013
Siena’s Water Polo’s playoff dreams will come down to the final game of the season. The Saints were swept in the first day of MAAC contests, losing to Wagner 16-5 and Marist 14-6. For the Saints to make the MAAC Championships, they must defeat Villanova by more than two goals and the Wildcats need to lose to Marist.
In the opener, Siena (9-16, 3-8) got a hat trick by Stephanie Bundas and five steals by Lea Allen, but were hurt by 22 turnovers and fell to Wagner (23-10, 8-2) by a final score of 16-5.
Siena fell behind 4-0 after the first quarter and 8-2 at the end of the half and could not come back. Bundas led the squad with three goals while Jasmine Carrillo and Jacquelyn Verdon both added netters for the Saints.
On the defensive side, Stephani Pouder recorded a team high four saves and Madeline Hurley added two.
In the finale, Siena recorded goals by five different players but still fell to Marist (25-10, 9-1) by a score of 14-6.
In the contest, Siena kept it close in the first period, trailing the Red Foxes by only two after goals by Allen and Melanie Boehrig.
However, Marist would score ten of the final 14 goals to go on for the victory.
Every player recorded at least one shot in the game, with Allen leading the way with two goals. She is now 16 goals away from the single season record set by Camille Norman in 2008.
Cally Timm recorded three of the seven steals for the Saints with Pouder and Hurley both stopping six in cage.
Siena will play in their final series in the regular season against Iona and Villanova. With two wins, the Saints clinch a playoff spot in the upcoming MAAC Championships.
If Siena defeats only Villanova, they must do so by more than two goals, then the Wildcats must lost to Marist for Siena to clinch their spot.
The fun begins tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.