The Citgo station was right there.
But the Siena men’s lacrosse team sputtered to a halt short of its destination, as the Saints were outscored 7-2 by Detroit Mercy in the final 25 minutes and lost 11-9.
The game was held at Detroit Mercy’s Titan Field, in a residential neighborhood ringed by red-brick houses and a gas station at the northeast corner.
The confines proved less than friendly to the Saints, who set themselves up for their first victory of the season by taking a 7-4 lead with 10:07 left in the third quarter, but left with an 0-4 overall record, four losses by a combined margin of six goals, and 0-3 in the MAAC.
Kyle Loken scored two goals in the final 3:02 to break a 9-9 tie, and Detroit Mercy goalie Logan Shamblin preserved the 11-9 score by stopping George Rusnak one-on-one at the goalmouth with 25 seconds left.
Jack Kiernan had three goals and four assists for Siena, which was in position to pull out a victory despite winning just five of 22 faceoffs and losing the ground ball game, 43-21.
The game was tied five times, the last of which came at 9-9, when Siena’s Colin Gleason scored with 5:05 left with a quick move off a restart.
After Loken scored with 3:02 left, Detroit Mercy (2-1, 2-2) called timeout with 1:39 left, and he scored again with 1:06 left.
The Saints went a man-up, but Kiernan’s shot was high, and Shamblin stopped Rusnak on the doorstep.
Siena 1 4 2 2 — 9
Detroit Mercy 1-2-5-3 — 11
Siena scoring: Van Schepen 0-1, Gleason 1-1, Kiernan 3-4, Pantalone 1-0, Rusnak 1-0, Lantieri 1-0, Allen 1-0, Watts 1-0. Detroit Mercy scoring: Birney 2-0, Turner 1-0, Majick 1-1, Kostus 0-1, Edell 0-3, Erskine 2-0, Progar 1-0, Jarzembowski 1-0, Loken 2-0, Blevins 1-0.
Goalies: Siena, Yanchoris, 12 saves. Detroit Mercy, Shamblin, 12 saves.