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Kyle Verycruysse, Siena take down Vermont

Posted Sunday, March 25, 2007 by .

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior attackman Matt Donovan (Northport, N.Y.) notched the game winning goal with 2:18 remaining in overtime to knock off Vermont 7-6 in Burlington this afternoon. Sophomore attackman Matt Girsh (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and freshman midfielder Shaun Dunn (Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade) led Siena (3-3, 1-0) with two goals apiece.

"We had a great all around team effort today," said head coach Brian Brecht. "Our offense capitalized on their opportunities and the defense really stepped up to the challenge."

The Saints opened the game ready to rumble as Girsh connected on back-to-back goals to give Siena a 2-0 advantage by the end of the first quarter. At the 6:27 mark, sophomore midfielder Kenny Mazzone (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) found Girsh who then placed a shot past the Catamounts goaltender to put the Saints on the scoreboard. Then just over three minutes later, Girsh finished on a feed from James Mikel (Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit) marking his second of the contest.

Vermont fired back with three consecutive goals to open the second quarter. Trevor Wagar, Pete Hein and Andrew Kelleher were responsible for these three scores which captured the Catamounts only lead of the afternoon.

With 2:19 remaining in the half, freshman attackman Ryan Duggan (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) evened the game with his sole goal of the contest. The teams proceeded to enter intermission tied at 3-3.

Dunn posted his two goals of the game in the third quarter, but Vermont countered with two of their own coming from Hein and Kelleher to lock the game at 5-5 as they entered the final period.

Matt Leithead (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac), a freshman midfielder, gave the Saints a one goal advantage when he blasted a shot into the back of the net with 8:01 left in the contest. However, the Catamounts came up with an answer when senior Sean Layton scored at the 4:13 mark to force overtime.

Vermont won the opening face-off in overtime, however, a turnover set up Donovan's game winning transition goal to send the Siena past the Catamounts for the first time in program history.

With the victory, the Saints reach the .500 plateau standing 3-3 overall. Siena returns to action on Saturday when they square off with Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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