Hartford vs. Siena
April 3, 2007
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT - The University of Hartford lacrosse team dropped an 8-5 decision to Siena College on Tuesday afternoon at Al-Marzook Field.

Ryan Duggan scored two goals and added an assist while Matt Girsch and Matt Donovan each scored a pair of goals to lead Siena (5-3 overall). Freshman Bryan Hale led Hartford (1-8 overall) with two goals.

Siena scored the lone goal of the first quarter with 34 seconds remaining on a shot by Jake Kalata. The Saints then scored in the opening minute of the second quarter to take a 2-0 lead, with Donovan scoring his first of the day on an extra-man opportunity.

Hale put the Hawks on the scoreboard with 8:49 to play in the quarter with an unassisted tally. After Duggan put the Saints up 3-1 with his first goal, junior Steve Roop ended the first half scoring with a man-up goal with 2:34 to play off an assist from sophomore Daniel Clough. Siena took the 3-2 lead into the half.

The Saints pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 4-0. Shaun Dunn started the scoring just over a minute into the second half, and Duggan, Girsch and Donovan each added their second goals of the game over the next 11 minutes.

Hartford netted three goals in the fourth quarter but couldn’t make up much ground. Hale scored his second goal just 31 seconds into the quarter, though the Hawks’ next score wouldn’t come until with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Senior Tom Harris scored off a feed from junior Jonathon Timkey to make it 8-4, and junior Brian Tilley would tack on Hartford’s final goal with 17 seconds to play.

Each team took 33 shots while Siena held a 41-31 advantage in ground balls. The Saints were also more efficient on extra-man opportunities with two goals in five attempts. The Hawks scored one man-up goal in five attempts.

Brent Herbst earned the win in goal for the Saints, making eight saves while allowing just two goals in 30 minutes of work. Brian Cordts played the final 30 minutes and also made eight saves while allowing three goals. Sophomore Jon McMahon played the entire game in goal for the Hawks and made seven saves.

Hartford returns to conference play when it hosts 20th-ranked UMBC on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field.