Siena vs. Jacksonville
May 6, 2011
The Game Story:
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Siena is heading back to the MAAC Championship Game for the third straight year. The top seeded Saints rallied from an early three-goal deficit and exploded for 10 second half goals in an 18-8 rout over No. 4 seed Jacksonville in the MAAC Semifinals Friday at the Demske Sports Complex. The Saints advance to the title game Sunday at noon against the winner of tonight's second semifinal between Marist and Detroit.

Much likes last month's inaugural meeting between the two programs in Florida, the Saints (12-4) found themselves in an early hole. Siena trailed last month's meeting 5-1 and today found themselves down 5-2 just eight and a half minutes into the contest.

Jacksonville's (5-10) frenetic, fast paced play gave the Saints challenges early on, but much like their first meeting Siena weathered the storm and responded. Unlike last month when Siena rallied for a 14-13 victory, this time there wouldn't be nearly as much suspense.

The Saints rallied to tie the game at 5-5 after the first period and continued to take over from there. Siena scored nine of the game's next 10 goals after their early three-goal deficit to build an 11-6 lead. The Saints, which entered the day ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense, were unrelenting up front and added on scores with ease en route to a comfortable win.
Siena took advantage of Jacksonville's turnover troubles all game long, turning the Dolphins' miscues into fast break transition goals. The Saints caused 13 turnovers as JU coughed it up 20 times.

Siena's attack was phenomenal as the three starters - Bryan Neufeld, Danny Martinsen and Colin Clive - combined for a whopping 18 points.

Neufeld led the way with seven points including his 23rd career hat trick as he extended the nation's longest active scoring streak to 51 consecutive games. He also passed former teammate Ryan Duggan '10 for fifth place on the program's all-time scoring charts and now stands with 161 career points.

Martinsen and Clive each scored five times, with Martinsen adding an assist to finish with six points. Clive, who scored four goals in last month's win over the Dolphins, continued his success against them today and accounted for the game-winning goal.

Siena out-shot Jacksonville 41-29 including 22-11 in the second half in which the Saints outscored JU 10-2. Seven different Saints scored and 13 tallied a point as Siena moved to 3-0 all-time in the MAAC Championships in Buffalo and earned their fifth straight win here at the Demske Sports Complex.

TJ Kenary was the lone bright spot for Jacksonville as he scored twice and added an assist for the Dolphins whose second season of lacrosse came to an end.

Siena enters Sunday's MAAC Championship game red-hot having won 11 of their last 13 games and have scored an average of 12.9 goals over that time. With their 12th win of the year, the Saints tied the program's single season record for wins for a third straight year and fourth time in school history.

The Saints will take on either the Red Foxes or the Titans at noon Sunday in a game that will be televised in the Capital Region live on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 3. Meanwhile, today's semifinal game can be seen on tape delay Saturday at 3 p.m. on Channel 3.