LOUDONVILLE — The individual scoring statistics haven’t been as gaudy this season for Kerry Gerety as they were during her last full season playing for the Siena women’s lacrosse program.
After leading the Saints to their fourth consecutive win, the Guilderland High School graduate said that hasn’t bothered her one bit.
“We’ve had a lot of other people step up this year,” Gerety said after her team’s 17-11 MAAC victory Tuesday against Marist. “It’s been really nice to see that.”
On Tuesday at Hickey Field, though, Gerety scored at the high level she reached with regularity during the Saints’ 2019 season that saw her set the program’s single-season scoring record with 72 points. Gerety scored a season-high five goals and added an assist against Marist, while the versatile star also secured a game-high 10 draw controls.
“Offensively, Kerry may not be putting up the same numbers that she has in the past, but her work on the draw has been phenomenal,” Siena head coach Abby Rehfuss said of Gerety, the program’s all-time career leader in draw controls who scored 20 points in Siena’s abbreviated seven-game 2020 season. “That’s a large reason why we’ve been so successful offensively.”
That, and the Saints possess a well-balanced attack that’s averaging 14 goals per game. That versatile offense was on display in Siena’s latest win, which came against a Marist program that hadn’t played in more than a month because of its school’s COVID-19 protocols. Six different Siena players registered multiple points, including freshman Laura Bonomo who scored a career-high five goals, in Tuesday’s win.
Those five goals matched Bonomo’s season total heading into Tuesday’s game. The freshman from Manlius, though, has scored all 10 of her goals in the Saints’ current winning streak.
“She has a strong IQ and knows where to be at the right time,” Rehfuss said. “Her confidence has just grown every single game.”
For Gerety, Tuesday’s five-goal effort served as a “little confidence booster,” but Rehfuss said her team’s senior star didn’t need one. While Gerety’s scoring has dipped this season as Siena’s offensive attack has become more versatile — and dangerous because of that — the senior’s importance to the team hasn’t lessened, Rehfuss said, because of how much she adds defensively and on draws in addition to her scoring.
“It may not show up in goals or assists, but she’s been just as valuable,” Rehfuss said of Gerety, who is third on the team this season in scoring with 20 points.
Redshirt junior Kaitlyn Dowsett is Siena’s leading scorer this season with 45 points, which puts her seven ahead of junior Mary Soures. Dowsett had two goals and three assists in Tuesday’s win for Siena (6-2 MAAC, 7-2 overall) against Marist (2-1, 2-1), while Soures had three goals and an assist.
Marist led 5-4 late in the first half, but Siena scored the final four goals of the opening period — and, then, the Saints added the first six scores of the second half on their way to cruising to victory.
“We just kept rolling with it,” Gerety said.
At times this season, the Saints have struggled to build on and maintain leads. Not allowing Marist to stay close in the second half, Bonomo said, was a goal for the Saints — especially since the Red Foxes hadn’t played in weeks.
“Today,” Bonomo said, “we showed we can play the whole game at 100%.”
Siena has two games left in its regular season, and remains in the mix to secure the top seed for the MAAC tournament along with Fairfield (8-1, 8-1) and Monmouth (7-2, 7-2). The Saints’ losses this season both came at Niagara (5-3, 5-3), when they lost twice in a span of three days that Gerety said helped refocus her club.
“We took that as a turning point for us,” Gerety said. “We learned a lot from that weekend.”
Halftime score: Siena led 8-5. Marist scoring: Di Chiara 3-1, Mehalick 4-0, Connolly 2-1, Stockman 1-1, Gutenberger 1-0. Siena scoring: Gerety 5-1, Dowsett 2-3, Bonomo 5-0, Soures 3-1, Kmack 1-1, McNeely 0-2, Lane 1-0. Goalies: Marist, Galvin, 15 saves; Orlando, 0 saves. Siena, Mervine, 9 saves; Krasner, 1 save.