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Vercruysse '06, Siena continue run beat Albany, Rocky '09 and Coach Marr '87

Posted Wednesday, March 03, 2010 by Albany.edu

Rocky had two shots but no points and Kyle played good D as he helped captain Siena to the 1st win over Albany since they went D1

Albany, N.Y. - Goalkeeper Brent Herbst deflected Brian Caufield's shot with five seconds remaining as Siena held off UAlbany, 13-12, on Tuesday, March 2 at John Fallon Field. The Saints won for the first time in eight meetings since both programs have played at the Division I level.
     Siena (1-2) led 9-8 late in the third quarter, but then pulled away by scoring three straight times. Bryan Neufeld tallied three of his four goals in that stretch. He put away a rebound after goalkeeper John Carroll made the initial save. The sophomore attack scored twice in a 56-second stretch early in the final stanza for a 12-8 advantage, including a man-up goal after collecting a ground ball.
     UAlbany (0-2) sliced the lead in half when Joe Pompo spun to his left shoulder and scored unassisted and Matt Johnson worked through two defenders to send a low shot into the right side of the cage. The Saints, who were coming off an impressive 8-7 loss to fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins two days earlier, regained control when Rocky Bonitatibus' turnover in the midfield led to Ryan Duggan's fastbreak goal.
     The Great Danes closed within 13-12 by finding the net twice in a 23-second span. Brian Caufield, who had two goals and two assists, connected on a shot behind his head from right of the crease. Defenseman Anthony Ostrander caused a turnover after a face-off and that led to Kyle Brunk scoring from the right side with 1:17 remaining.
     The drama increased when a UAlbany double-team forced a Siena miscue and the Great Danes advanced the length of the field. Caufield fired from just left of the net but Herbst got a piece the shot and the ball tipped off a defenseman's stick and went over the cage.
     "I had the shot on my stick and he got a piece of it," Caufield explained. "I wasn't aware of how much time was left. They have a good team this year and they played better than us."
     Siena took a 7-6 lead to the intermission, but the Great Danes got the equalizer on Dave Brock's man-up goal with just over three minutes elapsed in the third quarter. The Saints, who dropped a double-overtime affair in last year's matchup with UAlbany, moved ahead later in the period on goals by Chris D'Alberti and Shaun Dunn. Siena's Bryan Hale was brilliant in the face-off circle by winning 21 of 29 draws.
     Herbst finished with 12 saves for the Saints, who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and made their first-ever NCAA appearance last year. Duggan and Dunn each had two goals and one assist. UAlbany's Brock netted three goals, while Johnson scored a pair and added one assist.
     "They moved the ball well and took advantage of our mistakes," UAlbany coach Scott Marr said. "Certainly they dominated the face offs. There is not a team in Division I that you can't beat, or lose to."

Paw Prints:  Brian Caufield extended his scoring streak to 25 consecutive games, the nation's fifth-longest streak ... Matt Johnson had a career-high three points ... Dave Brock matched his career-best for the second straight game with three goals ... Siena won for the first time in the series since April 20, 1988, a 13-6 decision ... the Great Danes had won 13 in a row during that 22-year period.

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