LEWISTON — The Siena women’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, a 12-8 MAAC defeat Friday at Niagara.
Niagara led 8-3 at halftime and maintained at least a four-goal lead throughout the second half.
For Niagara (1-1 MAAC, 1-1 overall), Shea Swartwout scored five of her game-high six goals in the first half.
Siena (3-1, 3-1) received two goals apiece from Annie Brennan, Kaitlyn Dowsett and Mary Soures.
Siena won 14 of 22 draw controls, but Niagara goalie Michelle Messenger stopped a dozen of Siena’s 20 shots on goal.
The teams meet again at Niagara on Sunday at noon.
Halftime score: Niagara led 8-3. Siena scoring: Dowsett 2-0, Soures 2-0, Brennan 2-1, Gerety 1-0, McNeely 1-1. Niagara scoring: Swartwout 6-0, Garlow 1-0, McCormick 1-0, Crane 1-2, Brill 1-0, Travis 1-2, Braniecki 1-0, Paul 0-1, Fithall 0-1. Goalies: Siena, Mervine, 5 saves. Niagara, Messenger, 12 saves.