|PHILADELPHIA--An all-around team effort helped the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team capture its first win of the season, 8-7, over Siena (3-2, 0-1 MAAC) on Finnesey Field Saturday afternoon. SJU (1-6, 1-0 MAAC) was led on the offensive side of the ball with two goals each by Andrew Mandela and Chris O'Neill, while Erik Hotaling was stellar in net once again, making 13 saves including eight in the second half to secure the win.|
Saint Joseph's scored six straight goals to overcome a 4-2 deficit from the second period and make it an 8-4 advantage with 13:11 in the fourth period. In that 6-0 scoring run, Mandela scored both his goals, Scott Cullinan got into the action with a second period tally, while O'Neill, face-off specialist Sean Evans and Joe D'Avanzo (one goal, one assist) also scored during the span.
In the fourth period after SJU scored the first two goals, Siena rushed back with three of their own in a 109-second span to make it 8-7. From there, the game was back-and-forth, with Siena controlling most of the play. Several times the Saints had solid opportunities to score on Hotaling, but only to be stopped by the junior goalkeeper.
Overall, Siena out-shot SJU 30-25, 13-3 in the fourth quarter alone. On face-offs, Evans carried the entire load for SJU, winning 12 of 19, going 9-for-10 in the first half. The Saints capitalized on their man-up opportunities, going 2-for-5, one of was their last goal by Chris Zarins.
The Hawks are in action on Saturday when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on the Marist Red Foxes in SJU's first MAAC road contest of the season. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.