Siena vs. Canisius
April 18, 2007
The Game Story:
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena men's lacrosse team used four goals from attackman Matt Girsh (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) to cruise to a 13-7 victory over Canisius (5-5, 4-2) this afternoon in Loudonville. Freshman midfielder Matt Leithead (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) chipped in three goals and an assist helping Siena (8-4, 5-0) to its second straight win and a perfect league mark.

"Our defense came up big today," said head coach Brian Brecht. "They held one of the most potent offenses in the league to just seven goals."

Leithead was the first Saint to strike this afternoon as he posted his first goal of the contest at the 10:53 mark in the first quarter. Leithead juked his defender and cranked a shot into the upper right corner to put Siena ahead 1-0. The Saints did not trail during the contest.

Canisius midfielder Tom Hensel answered with his first goal of the game just 62 seconds later. Hensel scored twice this afternoon.

Kenny Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) notched the very next goal at the 6:27 mark to reclaim the lead for Siena. Mazzone got a step on his defender and then finished for his seventh goal of the season.

Canisius managed to tie the game once more when Michael Blocho notched his first of three scores.

Siena finished the first quarter strong as they chalked up three goals over the final three minutes. Leithead registered the first score with 2:56 on the clock, and then Chris Zarins (Bayville, N.Y./Locust Valley) and Girsh recorded their first goals of the contest.

The Saints coasted into the half with two goal advantage under their belt.

Siena connected on back-to-back goals early in third quarter to take a comfortable 8-4 lead. However, the Golden Griffins kept battling. Senior attackman Kevin Ross recorded the first two goals of the final quarter to bring Canisius within two (9-7).

Freshman midfielder Shaun Dunn (Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade) answered when he blasted a shot into the back of the net from just inside the box. This sparked three more Saints goals to close out the contest.

Brent Herbst (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK) was solid in cage posting a career-high 14 saves on the afternoon. Herbst allowed just seven goals on 36 Canisius shot attempts leading to his sixth victory in goal.

"Brent was outstanding this afternoon," Brecht explained. "He saw the ball well and made some big stops."

Midfielder Charly Rogener (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) delivered an impressive performance going 8-for-11 on face-offs.

The victory marks just the second occasion in program history that Siena has topped the Golden Griffins. The Saints return to action on Saturday for their home finale. Siena welcomes league rival Saints Joseph's to Loudonville for a 1 p.m. start. The Saints will honor five seniors in a pregame ceremony.