Siena Blows Out VMI, Earns MAAC Top Seed
from press release
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - With the MAAC regular
season championship up for grabs, Siena seized the moment. The
Saints scorched the nets all day, cruising to an 18-9 win over VMI
on Senior Day and Alumni Appreciation Day at Siena Turf Field. Just
moments after the conclusion of the game, the Saints received even
more good news as Marist downed Detroit, in the process securing
Siena the MAAC Regular Season Championship for the fourth time in
the last five years.
Siena (11-4, 5-1) will be the No. 1 seed in next weekend's MAAC Championships at the Demske Sports Complex on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., site of the program's lone MAAC Tournament Championship to date back in 2009. If Manhattan defeats Canisius later this evening, the Saints would face the Jaspers in the MAAC Semifinals. However if Canisius wins, Jacksonville would clinch the No. 4 seed and a date with the Saints.
In a day in which the Saints honored the past and present of their program, this season's senior class had a game to remember. All eight seniors played and three scored goals in their final home game including captain Craig Sherrer who tallied the first goal of his career.
With the triumph, Siena's seniors become the winningest class in program history with 45 career victories.
The game was decided early as the Saints scored at will right off the bat and opened a comfortable 6-1 lead over VMI (2-11, 0-6) after the first period. The Saints lead would never reach fewer than four goals the rest of the way.
Bryan Neufeld recorded a hat trick in the first period alone - his 22nd in just 50 career games - and finished with five goals while adding seven groundballs. Neufeld, who extended the nation's longest active scoring streak to 50 consecutive games, has now scored a goal in 14 straight games and moved into a three-way tie for fourth place on the program's all-time goal scoring charts with 115 career tallies.
Danny Martinsen also finished with five points on two goals and three assists as 11 different Saints scored including the entire starting attack and midfield units.
Siena out-shot the Keydets 56-38 and held a 47-38 advantage in groundballs. Tom Morr played three periods and made nine saves while picking up four groundballs.
The lone bright spot for VMI once again came in the faceoff circle where the Keydets entered the day ranking second nationally in draws. The Keydets won 20 of 30 face-offs thanks to national groundballs leader Stephen Robarge who picked up a game-high 13 groundballs on the afternoon.
Drew Leonard led VMI with five goals while Keith Long dished out three assists as the Keydets ended their season with an eighth straight loss and 14th consecutive MAAC defeat.