Men’s lacrosse sees late rally fall short in conference loss to Siena
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Cameron Mann registered an eight-point game for JU but Siena scored three fourth-quarter goals as the Dolphins lost to the Saints, 14-13, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup on a warm Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

Siena scored three of the first four goals in the fourth quarter to break an 11-all deadlock. Mann scored with 30 seconds left and JU had a chance to tie it with a final push. But goalie Tom Morr posted two saves in the final 14 seconds to preserve the win.

JU fell to 4-7 overall and 2-2 in the MAAC. The Dolphins have two conference games remaining to solidify a top-four spot that will qualify the team for the conference tournament in May. Siena, the defending league champion, improved to 8-3 and 2-1 in the first all-time meeting between the schools.

“Siena showed why they’ve been the class of the MAAC and they played a great game,” JU head coach Matt Kerwick said. “Our team played well but came up just short. We hope to get another shot at a talented Saints team and execute just a little better to come out with a win.”

Mann set a career high in goals and points, needing just eight total shots to score five times. The sophomore midfielder recorded both of JU’s fourth-quarter goals and has a team-leading 18 goals and 32 points this season.

Rob Moore scored two goals and Owen Green came off the bench for a two-goal effort to complement Mann. James Trentini chipped in two assists and Donovan Lange scored a goal and assisted on two others.

Desipite JU scoring in double figures for the sixth time this campaign, Morr was able to limit the damage. The netminder made 16 saves and allowed just 14 goals on 55 shots faced. Morr’s effort helped to curtail an aggressive game from Lange, who fired nine shots.

The Dolphins started strong, scoring five consecutive goals after allowing the opening marker to take a 5-1 lead with 13:06 left in the second quarter. Yet Siena bounced back as Colin Clive scored all four of his goals in the opening half to keep the Saints within one goal, 9-8, of the Dolphins at the break.

JU built a 55-41 edge in shots as Siena turned the ball over 10 more times (25-15). The Dolphins also scored two man-up goals for just the second time this season but fell to 0-7 when an opponent scores 10 or more goals.

Siena came out of halftime with procession. Kevin Cotter and Thomas Schoener scored back-to-back goals in a 1:09 span, helping the team enter the fourth quarter tied.

Chris D’Alberti and Schoener scored the first two goals in the fourth quarter for Siena, giving the Saints a 13-11 lead that JU could not erase.

The Dolphins will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts Marist in a critical MAAC game. Game time at D.B. Milne Field is set for 1 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl