SIENA – A pair of Siena women’s lacrosse players broke single-season records in the team’s 19-9 win Saturday against Manhattan at Hickey Field in Loudonville. With the victory, Siena positioned itself to be able to claim at least a share of the MAAC regular-season championship with a win in its regular-season finale Thursday against Niagara.
Against Manhattan, Siena led 9-7 midway through the second quarter after a three-goal run from the Jaspers. The Saints scored the next six goals to start a game-ending 10-2 stretch. Nicole McNeely and Kelsey Lane scored a goal apiece to start Siena’s 6-0 run, then Mary Soures scored the final four goals of it.
McNeely finished with five goals and four assists, Soures had four goals and three assists, Grace Dobrzynski produced three goals and three assists, and Lane added four goals and an assist.
Both McNeely and Soures set single-season programs records with their high-scoring games.
With her nine points, McNeely broke the program’s single-season scoring record of former teammate Kerry Gerety. In 2019, Gerety scored 72 points, and McNeely’s current season total stands at 77.
Soures’ four goals pushed her season total to 56. Previously, Alexis Deaken’s 54 goals in 2018 was the program’s record.
Siena improved to 5-2 in conference play and 9-7 overall. With one conference game left for Siena, the Saints are one of three teams with two losses in MAAC play. Those two-loss teams are behind first-place Niagara, which is 5-1 in league action.
Manhattan 4 3 1 1 — 9
Siena 6 7 4 2 — 19
Manhattan scoring: Reiner 0-3, Mullins 2-0, Iovine 2-0, Lipponer 1-1, Rodino 2-0, Freshour 1-0, Cruthers 1-0. Siena scoring: McNeely 5-4, Soures 4-3, Dobrzynski 3-3, Lane 4-1, Wangsness 1-1, Nieman 1-0, Bentley 1-0. Goalies: Manhattan, Gambardella, 3 saves; Hise, 7 saves. Siena, Mervine, 2 saves; Krasner, 5 saves.
FALK, PASCALE LEAD UALBANY WOMEN
The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team remained undefeated in America East play with a 13-9 road win Saturday against UMBC.
In a game of runs, UAlbany trailed 2-0 before scoring seven goals in a row. After UMBC tied it at 7-7, UAlbany sandwiched 3-0 spurts around back-to-back goals from UMBC. The Great Danes maintained a multiple-goal lead for the final 12:30 of the game.
Leading UAlbany were Sarah Falk with five goals and one assist, and Katie Pascale with four goals and two assists. Claire Bockstie had five goals for UMBC.
UAlbany improved to 4-0 in league play and 6-6 overall.
UAlbany next plays Syracuse, which is coached by Niskayuna High School graduate Kayla Treanor, in a non-conference game Tuesday.
UAlbany 3 4 3 3 — 13
UMBC 2 3 3 1 — 9
UAlbany scoring: Pascale 4-2, Falk 5-1, Sancilio 1-1, Maloney 1-0, Poupard 1-0, Hogg 0-1, Santana 1-0. UMBC scoring: Bockstie 5-0, Gerow 1-1, Weedon 1-1, Halczuk 1-0, McDermott 1-0, Cleverly 0-1. Goalies: UAlbany, Chiarella, 7 saves; Sweeney, 8 saves. UMBC, Roberts, 7 saves.
SIENA MEN RALLY FOR WIN
Down six at halftime, the Siena men’s lacrosse team rallied in the second half to pull out a 14-11 MAAC win Saturday over St. Bonaventure at Hickey Field.
The Saints trailed 9-3 at halftime after a 7-1 first quarter, but turned that around with an 11-2 run in the second half, including an 8-1 run to end the game.
Jack Kiernan had four goals and three assists, while Sean Jeffrey and Pratt Reynolds each scored three goals for Siena, which improved to 2-3 in league play and 4-8 overall. Siena next plays at Holy Cross next weekend in a non-league game.
St. Bonaventure 7 2 1 1 — 11
Siena 1 2 4 7 — 14
St. Bonaventure scoring: Rosa 3-1, Rose 4-0, Westley 1-2, Blumbergs 1-1, Wijbrandts 1-0, Murphy 0-1, Emmick 1-0. Siena scoring: Kiernan 4-3, Reynolds 3-0, Jeffrey 3-0, Pepe 2-0, Van Schepen 0-2, Casner 1-0, Menniti 1-0, Julien 0-1, Watts 0-1. Goalies: St. Bonaventure, Dobson, 17 saves. Siena, Yanchoris, 9 saves.
UALBANY MEN LOSE TO VERMONT
Vermont scored six of the game’s first seven goals on its way to a 14-6 America East men’s lacrosse win against UAlbany.
Thomas McConvey had four goals Saturday for Vermont, which also received two goals and four assists from David Closterman, and 13 saves from Ryan Cornell. UAlbany’s Teioshonta McComber produced two goals and one assist.
UAlbany trailed by at least seven goals for the final 28:01.
The Great Danes are 4-7 overall and 2-3 in league play. UAlbany next plays Friday against NJIT in a conference game before wrapping its regular season with non-conference games against Yale and Penn.
Vermont 6 4 3 1 — 14
UAlbany 2 2 2 0 — 6
Vermont scoring: Closterman 2-4, McConvey 4-0, McCormack 2-1, Haley 1-1, Limoges 2-0, Pope 2-0, Hunter 1-0, Fenech 0-1, Alviti 0-1. UAlbany scoring: McComber 2-1, Whitcomb 1-0, Thistlethwaite 0-1, Yunker 1-0, Decker 1-0, C. Hay 1-0, Pucci 0-1, Hogg 0-1. Goalies: Vermont, Cornell, 13 saves. UAlbany, Ramos, 7 saves.