March 12, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena Saints came back from an early 4-2 deficit to outscore St. John's 8-0 over the last three quarters, winning 10-4 in non-conference lacrosse action at Siena Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.
Siena (4-2, 0-0), the preseason favorite to win the MAAC conference, was led by John Rogener and Chris Roth who each tallied hat tricks. St. John's (1-3, 0-1) had four different players score goals as Ryan Herits, Charlie Holenstein, Joe Granata and Keith Switzer all found the net. Freshman Kevin Cernuto continued his four-game scoring streak by tallying an assist.
The host Saints outshot St. John's 32-26, and collected 34 ground balls to the Johnnies' 27. Red Storm face-off specialist Jordan Rothman went 10-16 at the X, bringing his season face-off percentage to .621. St. John's goalkeeper Jeff Lowman tallied 11 saves in the contest.
Siena took the first lead after St. John's controlled possession for the first five minutes of the game. The Saints broke through with goals from Roth and Rogener at the 9:35 and 8:42 marks, respectively.
The Red Storm defense recovered, forcing six Saints turnovers in the first quarter with Lowman making four saves.
Holenstein put the Red Storm on the board by taking advantage of a Saints pushing penalty, as he scored at the 3:44 mark with the assist from Cernuto. That goal sparked a 4-0 scoring run that extended into the second period.
Freshman attacker Switzer found the net after a move on the left side, splitting two defenders and tying the score at two. Herits ended the quarter with an unassisted goal, streaking in from the midfield, receiving the pass, creating off a dodge and finding the net.
Freshman midfielder Granata capped the run with an unassisted goal at the 14:04 mark of the second quarter.
The Saints responded with an 8-0 run, holding St. John's scoreless over the next three quarters. Collin Parkhurst found the net on an extra-man chance at the 5:28 mark, and then Rogener and Bryan Neufeld helped the Saints regain the lead at halftime, 5-4.
Siena continued the momentum through the third quarter, scoring four straight goals, including two from Roth, to build a 9-4 lead.
Saints goalkeeper Tom Morr tallied eight saves in the second and third quarters, while killing off five Red Storm extra-man opportunities to keep St. John's out of the net.
The Saints tacked on a goal in the fourth quarter, as Mic DeBellis found the net with 6:56 remaining.
St. John's will have a quick turnaround as the nationally-ranked Stony Brook Seawolves come to DaSilva Memorial Field on Tuesday, March 15, at 3 p.m.