Andrew Scalley stepped up from behind the cage and scored the game-winning goal as time expired Sunday as Mount St. Mary’s University defeated Siena, 7-6, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse championship game at Marist College, denying the Saints a trip to the NCAA Division I tournament.
The Mountaineers (12-4) earned their first NCAA bid since 2003, while the Saints (12-5) were left out when the 16-team field was announced Sunday night.
Mount St. Mary’s led by as many as three goals in the first half, but the Saints chipped away in the second half and tied the game at 6-6 with four minutes left on back-to-back goals by Jordan Loftus and John Rogener.
After the Mountaineers threw the ball away on the faceoff, Siena took possession, and coach Brian Brecht called a timeout with 53 seconds to play to set up a final play. Chris Roth drove to the net with 25 seconds left, but he was double-teamed by the Mountaineers’ defense and had the ball knocked loose.
The Mountaineers raced down the field, got the ball to Scalley behind the cage and he stepped up and put a shot over the stick of Siena goalie Brent Herbst as the clock hit zeroes.
While Scalley scored three goals and earned most valuable player honors, it was goalie T.C. DiBartolo, who lost to Herbst in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year honors, who gave the Saints the most trouble, stopping 13 shots.
The 12 victories matched Siena’s single-season record, set in 1979 and tied last year.
Mount St. Mary’s 3 1 2 1 — 7
Siena 1 1 2 2 — 6
Mount St. Mary’s scoring: Andrew Scalley 3-0, Bryant Schmidt 1-0, Drew Dunn 1-0, Brendan Harrison 1-0, Mike Adkins 1-0, Cody Lehrer 0-1. Siena scoring: Ryan Duggan 1-1, Chris roth 1-0, Jordan Loftus 1-0, John Rogener 1-0, Bryan Neufeld 1-0, Kyle Curry 1-0.
Goalies: Mount St. Mary’s, T.C. DiBartolo, 13 saves; A.J. Shaufler, 2 saves. Siena, Brent Herbst, 7 saves.
RPI 14, Skidmore 4
TROY — The Engineers, ranked 15th in the nation, opened up a 9-1 lead at halftime and breezed to a victory in the Liberty League championship game, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Engineers (14-2), who won the league championship for the first time, last appeared in the NCAAs in 2001.
RPI freshman goalie James Manchester, a graduate of Niskayuna High School, was outstanding, stopping nine shots and holding the Thoroughbreds to one goal in 45 minutes. He was named the most valuable player of the tournament.
Andrew Miller led the Engineers with three goals, while Rob Lutin had two goals for Skidmore (9-6).
Skidmore 0 1 0 3 — 4
RPI 4 5 4 1 — 14
Skidmore scoring: Rob Lutin 2-0, Cory Barkoff 1-1, Alex Giaimo 1-0, Ernie Economides 0-1, Matt Levesque 0-1. RPI scoring: Andrew Miller 3-0, Devin Arnold 2-2, Nick Billy 2-1, Bryant Johnson 2-0, Conor Chocheles 1-1, Paul Cerone 1-1, Brian Larkin 1-0, Eric Valero 1-0, Wes Rudy 1-0, Tyler Hutchinson 0-1, Lachlan Murphy 0-1.
Goalies: Skidmore, Flip Bongaerts, 2 saves; Conor Kearney, three saves; Vivek Huded, 0 saves; Connor Dowling, 1 save. RPI, James Manchester, 9 saves; Angelo Luppino, 6 saves; Jon Yen, 1 save.
Union 6, RPI 5
SCHENECTADY — Nina Cervini of Mechanicville hit a three-run, walkoff home run in the seventh inning to give the Dutchwomen a victory over the Engineeers in the Liberty League championship game.
Tiffany Ippoliti got the win, improving to 15-3, and sharing tournament MVP honors with Cervini as Union improved to 29-8.
Trailing, 3-1, going into the seventh, RPI (19-18-1) rallied to take a 5-3 lead.
Sarah Paulding singled, went to third on a double by Alysa Rochminski and scored on a groundout by Becky Bailey.
A squeeze bunt by Caitlin McGiven brought in Rochminski to tie the game, and Jen Bach then belted her 12th home run of the year to give RPI a 5-3 advantage.
After Lauren Hoffman and Callee Heywood hit back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the seventh, Cervini hit her fourth home run of the year to give Union the win.
RPI had advanced to the championship game with a 5-4 win over Skidmore earlier in the day. Sara Heller’s RBI single brought in the winning run for the Engineers in the bottom of the seventh.
RPI 100 000 4 — 5 9 0
Union 200 010 3 — 6 11 1
Bach and Heller; Ippoliti and Cervini.
Skidmore 011 101 0 — 4 9 2
RPI 202 000 1 — 5 11 2
Crose, Fuhrman (5) and Dinsdale; Bua, Bach (4) and Heller.
UAlbany 5, UMBC 4
BALTIMORE, Md. — Shenendehowa graduate Michelle Connors went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs as the Great Danes locked up the fourth seed for the America East Conference tournament.
Connors had an RBI single in the third inning and a two-run double in the fifth for the Danes, who have won five of their last six games.
Aggressive baserunning in the seventh gave UAlbany the winning run. Andrianne Walraven singled, stole second and went to third on a hit up the middle by Diane MacDowell. Walraven was out at home on a fielder’s choice by Connors, but when she took off for second to draw a throw, MacDowell raced home with the winning run.
UAlbany 101 020 1 — 5 10 2
UMBC 110 001 1 — 4 7 0
Weiser, Powell (7) and Smith; Brown, Weigman (7) and Page.
Siena 8, Saint Peter’s 0
LOUDONVILLE — Lauren Weingart hit a two-run home run in the second inning to lead the Saints to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory.
Courtney Mahan chipped in with two hits and two RBI for the Saints (14-37, 7-9 MAAC). The loss dropped the Peahens to 0-16 in the league and 2-36 overall.
Saint Peter’s 000 00 — 0 2 1
Siena 322 1x — 8 10 0
Beaver and Rice; Ferro, Brinkman (3) and Powlowsky, Duell.
Siena 6, Saint Peter’s 5
LOUDONVILLE — Reliever Anthony Giansanti left the tying run at third base by inducing a game-ending groundout as the Saints evened their MAAC record at 9-9.
Giansanti also drove in two runs for the Saints, with RBI singles in the sixth and eighth. His RBI in the eighth gave the Saints (23-25 overall) a 6-3 lead.
The Peacocks (16-29, 6-15 MAAC) got two runs back on an error and two passed balls in the top of the ninth before Giasanti preserved the win.
Saint Peter’s 000 120 002 — 5 6 3
Siena 100 021 02x — 6 11 4
Macaluso, DeLeo (8) and Lynch; Brantley, Poplawski (7), Giansanti (9) and Balkwill.
RPI 2-6, Skidmore 0-10
TROY — Senior Ryan Washburn of Schuylerville threw a no-hitter in the first game as the Engineers split a Liberty League double-header.
One error prevented Washburn, who struck out 11, from throwing a perfect game.
Candem Mamigonian’s solo home run in the second was all the offense Washburn needed.
Zach Rudman belted a two-run home run, and Jake Lowry had an RBI triple in the second game for the Thoroughbreds (27-13, 16-8 LL). The split left RPI at 13-11 in the league and 24-16 overall.
Skidmore 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
RPI 010 100 x — 2 4 1
Marcus and Pisani; Washburn and Reardon.
Skidmore 005 120 200 — 10 12 1
RPI 010 020 201 — 6 12 5
Laracuente, Keysor (7), Rudman (9) and Green; Duval, Dreimiller (4), Campisi (7) and Reardon.
Vassar 14-8, Union 9-2
SCHENECTADY — Vassar took big early leads in both games as the Brewers swept the Dutchmen in a Liberty League double-header.
Colin McKelligan had a two-run triple in the first game for Union (12-30, 4-20 LL).
Vassar 700 401 2 — 14 11 5
Union 001 700 1 — 9 8 3
MacGregor and Costanzo; Catellier, Rogers (4) and Price.
Vassar 230 000 300 — 8 11 0
Union 010 100 000 — 2 8 2
Tario and Plude; Brown, Rhoda (7) and Douglas.
Herkimer County CC 10, Hudson Valley CC 4
LITTLE FALLS — Tyler Young had two doubles and an RBI, and Luke Burns hit a solo home run for the Vikings in a loss in the Region III championship game.
Bobby Peluso went 2-for-5 and drove in a run as HVCC finished the year with a 30-17 record.
Herkimer CCC 012 320 020 — 10 18 1
Hudson Valley CC 011 100 001 — 4 14 1
Ferenti and Sargott; Tilley, Dobert (6) and Masseroni.