Bryan Neufeld scored three goals in a seven-minute span to lift Siena to an 11-6 win Sunday over Air Force and extend the nation's longest active scoring streak to 37 games.
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Neufeld Sparks Siena, Extends Nation's Longest Scoring Streak to 37
from press release
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bryan Neufeld extended the nation's longest scoring streak in a big way Sunday. The junior attackman netted three goals, including the go-ahead tally, over a seven-minute stretch to push the Saints past Air Force 11-6 in a neutral site affair at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
Neufeld finished with six points total including four goals, all four of which came during the second half. In the process, he extended the nation's longest active scoring streak to 37 straight games on the two-year anniversary of when the streak began. Neufeld also added a career-high five groundballs.
Siena (1-1) looked poised to put away the game early as the Saints scored the first four goals and took a 4-1 lead into intermission. But in the third period, Air Force (0-1) responded.
After Neufeld scored his first goal to put Siena up 5-1 at 11:06 of the third, the Falcons fought back with four straight goals in just over six minutes to even the tally at 5-5.
From then on out Neufeld showed why he is one of the most explosive scorers in the country.
Neufeld put the Saints back on top for good 6-5 at the 2:34 mark of the third, igniting a streak of six unanswered goals that gave Siena an 11-5 lead and put the game away. Neufeld accounted for three of those goals and assisted on another.
Dan Lawson and Chris D'Alberti each added a pair of goals for the Saints, while John Rogener, Chris Roth and Danny Martinsen accounted for the others. Rogener added seven groundballs and caused a team-high four turnovers.
Tom Morr made a career-high 15 saves in goal to earn his first
collegiate win. The Saints were buoyed as well by strong play in
the faceoff X where Chris Brancato won 75% (15-for-20) of his draws
and picked up seven groundballs.
Vinny Sandtorv led Air Force with two goals and an assist for the Falcons which dropped its season opener.
The Saints face another stiff test Saturday when they travel to Homewood Field to take on Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. at 1 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.