WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- The Siena Heights men's lacrosse team surrendered a 9-6 lead in the fourth quarter to fall 11-10 to fourth-ranked Cumberlands in overtime on Saturday night. Jake Gallaher (Fenton, Mich.) led the Saints with four goals and an assist in the losing effort.
Final Score: Cumberland 11, Siena Heights 10 (F/OT)
Location: Williamsburg, Kentucky
Records: Cumberlands (1-0), Siena Heights (0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Patriots got things rolling with a score at the 12:13 mark of the first quarter. The Saints knotted things up with a goal from Garnett Potter off an assist from Ryan Mamo with 10:46 remaining on the clock. Gallaher recorded his first goal off an assist from Eric Csizmadia with 6:39 to give Siena its first lead of the game, 2-1. Danny Kreitzer scored an insurance goal off a dish from Csizmadia with 4:18 left in the first. Csizmadia got a score of his own off an assist from Gallaher and the Saints were looking at 1 4-1 lead as the opening quarter ended.
Cumberland (Ky.) scored goals at the 12:27, 7:59, and 00:03 marks of the second quarter. These goals were the only scores in the period and they forced a 4-4 tie as the teams entered the locker room at half time.
Potter gave the Saints back the lead in the opening minute of the third stanza and Gallaher added a cushion less than three minutes later. The Patriots recorded a score with 7:17 left in the third that cut the Siena lead to 6-5. Gallaher completed his hat trick two minutes later to regain a two-score lead for the Saints. Kreitzer scored his second following another Cumberland goal to give SHU an 8-6 lead as the final quarter of regulation began.
Gallaher scored with 11:50 left in the fourth to give the Saints their largest lead of the game, 9-6. The Patriots stormed back, scoring three-straight goals to tie the game at nine with 5:20 left to play in regulation. Potter finished his hat trick with a goal in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter that gave Siena Heights a 10-9 lead. A goal by Cumberland (Ky.) with 1:48 remaining tied things up and forced overtime.
The Saints had the first opportunity to win the game when a shot from Mamo was saved by Patriot goalie Will Settle in the first minute of the overtime period. Cumberland (Ky.) completed a clear and then called a timeout. After a turnover by each team, Christian Vanover took a shot for the Patriots, but Alexy McCarthy made the save. Dylan Crouch scooped up the groundball for Cumberland and took a shot that passed McCarthy and gave the Patriots the win.
• Gallaher finished with four goals, one assist, two caused turnovers, and a game-high 10 groundballs.
• Potter tallied three goals, four groundballs, and a caused turnover.
• Kreitzer scored twice and scooped a groundball.
• McCarthy (L, 0-1) finished with nine saves in 62:22 of play between the pipes.
• Holden Lowes was a force on offense with a game-high five goals.
• Thomas Fogarty led the Patriots with two assists.
• Schyler Pennington led the team with seven groundballs.
The Saints will stay on the road as they travel to Iowa to face Saint Ambrose next Saturday, February 29 at 3:00 p.m., EST.