A program-best season closed Saturday in tough fashion for the Siena College women’s lacrosse team, as the third-seeded Saints lost 10-9 in double-overtime to No. 1 Fairfield in the MAAC tournament championship game.
Siena trailed 9-7 late in regulation, but a pair of goals from sophomore Kerry Gerety tied the score and Siena senior goalie Sammy Horton made a save in the final minute off a free-position attempt to send the game into overtime. The teams played one scoreless overtime, then looked set to head to a third extra session after Siena made a stop in the final minute of the second. The Saints got the ball to Gerety as they started to transition to offense, but Gerety slipped on the Fairfield turf and turned the ball over as she tried to spin away from a defender.
Against a scrambling Siena defense, Fairfield sophomore Kelly Horning scored with 33 seconds left in the second sudden-victory overtime to secure its second consecutive MAAC championship. Horning scored a team-high three goals in the win.
Siena, which won a program-record 12 games this season, was only making its second-ever appearance in a MAAC championship game. Overall, the Saints finished 12-7 for their third-ever winning campaign in 23 seasons of varsity play.
Sophomore Nicole McNeely finished with four goals to lead Siena, while Gerety had two goals and three assists. Sophomore Julia Pelcher also had multiple points for Siena with a goal and two assists.
For the season, Gerety finished with 72 points and McNeely finished with 70. Those single-season totals rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in Siena program history.
Fairfield and Siena were tied at 6 at halftime, but the Saints only scored once in the second half before Gerety registered a pair of goals in a span of 1:17 that ended with 3:08 to go in regulation.
Fairfield improved to 15-3.
UALBANY WOMEN LOSE
For the seventh consecutive year, the University at Albany women’s lacrosse team couldn’t topple Stony Brook in the America East Conference tournament championship game.
Making its ninth consecutive appearance in the championship game, second-seeded UAlbany lost 21-7 to top-seeded Stony Brook on the Seawolves’ home turf. Since UAlbany defeated Stony Brook in the 2012 championship game, the Seawolves have defeated the Great Danes in 14 consecutive meetings.
UAlbany trailed 14-5 at halftime.
Stony Brook junior Ally Kennedy scored six goals, while junior Taryn Ohlmiller had five and sophomore Siobhan Rafferty contributed four. Each of those Seawolves had an assist, too.
For UAlbany, sophomore Kyla Zapolski and junior Madison Conway each had two goals, while sophomore Kendra Harbinger had four assists.
UAlbany dropped to 11-7 with the loss, while Stony Brook improved to 15-4.
UNION MEN FALL
In the Liberty League championship game, Union College men’s lacrosse fell 14-6 at RIT.
Second-seeded Union led 3-1 early in the second quarter, but top-seeded RIT — ranked the No. 1 Division III team in the nation — scored the game’s next six goals to take control. After that run, Union never trailed by fewer than three.
Saturday’s win improved RIT’s record to 18-1 and earned the program its eighth consecutive league championship. RIT qualified for the NCAA tournament with the win, while 13-3 Union appears likely to receive an at-large berth to continue its season. The field for the NCAA tournament will be released 9 p.m. Sunday on NCAA.com.
Sophomore Keaton McCann had a goal and an assist to lead Union, while junior Kerry Lyne also registered multiple points with two assists.
For RIT, freshman Spencer Bell had three goals.
MAAC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 1 FAIRFIELD 10, NO. 3 SIENA 9
Siena 6 3 0 — 9
Fairfield 6 3 1 — 10
Siena scoring: Brennan 1-0, McNeely 4-0, Dowsett 1-0, Pelcher 1-2, Gerety 2-3. Fairfield scoring: Graham 2-2, LaVista 0-1, Mitchell 2-0, DeVita 1-0, Horning 3-0, Hulseman 1-0, Gallagher 1-0.
Goalies: Siena, Horton, 11 saves. Fairfield, Conquest, 14 saves.
AMERICA EAST WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 1 STONY BROOK 21, NO. 2 UALBANY 7
UAlbany 5 2 — 7
Stony Brook 14 7 — 21
UAlbany scoring: Harbinger 0-4, Conway 2-0, Zapolski 2-0, Carroll 1-0, Alliegro 1-1, Imbo 1-0. Stony Brook scoring: Sabella 1-1, Rafferty 4-1, Ohlmiller 5-1, Kennedy 6-1, Considine 2-0, Tabasso 1-2, Moeller 1-0, Barretta 1-1.
Goalies: UAlbany, Lehart, 5 saves; Schneidereith, 2 saves. Stony Brook, Tesoriero, 6 saves.
LIBERTY LEAGUE MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
NO. 1 RIT 14, NO. 2 UNION 6
Union 2 1 1 2 — 6
RIT 1 4 4 5 — 14
Union scoring: Edmonds 0-1, Lyne 0-2, Frey 1-0, McCann 1-1, Sullivan 1-0, McGovern 1-0, Kaufman 1-0, Flood 1-0. RIT scoring: Wolf 2-0, Nally 1-1, Tait 2-2, Montemorano 1-0, Hare 1-0, Gebhardt 0-1, Currie 1-1, Isaac 0-1, Bell 3-0, Barnable 2-1, Tandy 1-0.
Goalies: Union, Santilli, 11 saves; Goldheim, 2 saves. RIT, Hare, 15 saves; McDonald, 0 saves.