March 7, 2012

Siena Comes Up Just Short Against Albany

from press release

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - After a frustrating start to the season, Siena women's lacrosse rebounded in a major way Wednesday. The Saints played by far their best game of the year, but fell just short to crosstown rival and 18th ranked UAlbany 12-10 in the home opener at Siena Turf Field.

Siena (0-5) gave the Great Danes (3-1) everything it could handle for 60 minutes as the Saints narrowly missed capturing the program's first ever win over a nationally ranked opponent.

UAlbany entered the week ranked No. 18 nationally in the deBeer Media Poll following a season in which they went 18-1 overall, peaked to a No. 8 nationally ranking, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The Saints came out firing early, reeling off four straight goals to take a 5-3 lead with 6:49 remaining in the first half. The Saints, whose previous season high for goals in a game was eight, were remarkably efficient in the first half scoring eight goals on just 12 shots and took an 8-7 lead into intermission.

The Great Danes dialed it up defensively in the second half, holding the Saints for 14 minutes between goals before Siena tied things up at 9-9 with 17:51 remaining on a Michelle Andreo tally.

The tie was short-lived as UAlbany took advantage of a pair of Siena yellow cards scoring two man-up goals. The Great Danes ultimately would score three unanswered to take a 12-9 lead late.

Deirdre McQuillan pulled the Saints back within two, 12-10, with 6:15 remaining, but UAlbany won the ensuing draw control and controlled the ball for the next four minutes, milking the clock. Siena had a pair of shots in the final 90 seconds, but could not get any closer as UAlbany protected the ball well down the stretch and only turned it over twice in the second half.

McQuillan led the Saints with three goals and an assist, while classmate Kristin McMillan netted a hat trick on her 22nd birthday. Kristin Concordia was strong in goal registering 11 saves.

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