LOUDONVILLE — The Siena women’s lacrosse team hit the reset button on Saturday.
Then the Saints hit it again.
It was a system-restore on simply playing real lacrosse again for the first time in almost a year, so mistakes were inevitable. But Siena shook each one off and came away with a 6-5 win over Canisius in double overtime on Annie Brennan’s first goal of the season.
“It wasn’t pretty,” said Brennan, a post-graduate midfielder from Irondequoit. “There were a lot of turnovers, and it was pretty sloppy, but at the end of the day, a win is a win, and it proves we have so much potential to continue growing on the season.”
“Um … I’m glad it’s over,” was head coach Abigail Rehfuss’ opening statement. “Today’s game, obviously, we have a lot of kinks we need to work out, but even though we didn’t play our best, finding a way to win even when we’re not playing our best is a testament to the potential of our team.”
The game-winning play was set up when Kerry Gerety won the draw to start the second overtime.
Rehfuss called timeout to set up a two-person game for Mary Soures and Nicole McNeely on one side, with the idea of creating an opening for someone else on the other side.
That player was Brennnan, who made no mistake and ripped her shot past goalie Lauren Gilbert with 1:48 left in the second overtime to end the game.
Neither team led by more than a goal until Siena went up 5-3 with 7:37 left in regulation, when Kaitlyn Dowsett bounced a shot past Gilbert.
Freshman Riley Davis, who had three goals for Canisius, scored with 5:15 left in the second half and tied it with 2.1 seconds left in regulation with Canisius a player up.
Siena goalie Ally Mervine, who finished with 12 saves, said the Saints did well to shake off the mistakes.
“As a goalie, you have to have a short-term memory,” she said. “You let it in, but it’s OK, focus on what adjustments you have to make and trust in my skill set, reset and get ready for the next shot.”
She never faced one.
Siena controlled the ball for all of the first three-minute overtime, then Gerety’s faceoff win established possession in the second OT that the Saints never relinquished and closed out on Brennan’s goal.
“We had set up a two-man game on the opposite elbow for Mary and Nicole,” Brennan said. “The two of them had been pretty hot all day. So they were working it, and when they were occupying their defenders, it was easy for Kerry and me to cut off the backside, and I just happened to be able to catch my defender when she wasn’t looking, and I was able to turn the corner and finish.
“We’ve been working a lot this preseason on being able to reset mentally, so we can focus on what we need to do next. So working and learning the past few weeks with our mental performance coach, that has helped where we’re able to bounce back from mistakes made.”
Canisius 1 4 0 0 — 5
Siena 2 3 0 1 — 6
Canisius scoring: Ma. Malvaso 1-1, Smolensky 0-1, Davis 3-0, Mi. Malvaso 1-1. Siena scoring: Gerety 1-0, Kmack 0-1, Dowsett 1-0, McNeely 2-0, Soures 1-0, Brennan 1-0.
Goalie saves: Canisius, Gilbert 10. Siena, Mervine 12.