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Kyle gets 1st start at Siena, win over Merrimack

Posted Sunday, March 11, 2007 by .

Kyle Vercruysse got 1st start of freshmen year in win over Merrimack, 15-2

Saints Handle Merrimack with Ease, 15-2
Siena Falls to No. 7 UAlbany, 21-8

Saints Handle Merrimack with Ease, 15-2
Matt Donovan Registers a Career-High Six Assists

March 10, 2007

Final Stats

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena (1-2) men's lacrosse team used senior co-captain Matt Donovan's seven points to run off with a 15-2 victory over Merrimack College this afternoon on Siena Field. Donovan tallied a career-high six assists in the Saints home opener. Sophomore attackman Matt Girsh scored six points of his own in the winning effort.

"I thought the whole team played well for all 60 minutes," said head coach Brian Brecht. "It was an exciting atmosphere to have our first home game on the new turf field. The team showed that excitement through all four quarters."

The Saints struck first and frequent as they tallied seven unanswered first half goals. Ryan Duggan got Siena on the board jus 65 seconds into the game when he accepted a feed from Girsh and blasted it into the back of the net. Girsh would rattle off three of the Saints next four goals to put Siena ahead 5-0 with 11:37 remaining in the half. He finished with a game-high four goals and also chipped in two assists.

Siena midfielders Kenny Mazzone and Neil Mayerhoffer tallied their first goals of the season just minutes before the half to give the Saints a 7-0 advantage at the intermission.

The second half proved to be all Saints as they rallied for another eight goals coming from seven different players. Junior transfer Anders Lovell recorded two goals marking his first points as a Saint.

With 14:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints capitalized on a Merrimack turnover when Donovan sent a shot past the Merrimack goaltender in a man-down situation. This would put Siena on top 11-1.

The Saints saw four late goals by Jake Kalata, Shaun Dunn, Brendan Murphy and Brett Mathis to put the game out of reach. Senior co-captain Michael Aylward also chipped in a goal on the afternoon.

Junior goaltender Brian Cordts was dominant between the pipes allowing just one goal over three quarters of work. Cordts finished with nine saves on the afternoon. Sophomore defenseman Chris Viviano was also solid on the defensive end as he silenced the Warriors top scoring threat.

"I thought the defense stepped up to the challenge today," said Brecht. "Chris anchored the defense and did a great job of holding last year's NCAA leading scorer to just one goal."

The victory marks the Saints first of the season. Siena looks to reach the .500 plateau at VMI on Saturday. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.

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