Conor Prunty scores four goals to lift top-seeded Siena into MAAC final
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Conor Prunty scored a season-high four goals Thursday and Nate Barry and Richie Hurley each added hat tricks as top seeded Siena eliminated No. 4 seed Canisius 14-11 to advance to the MAAC championship game for the sixth consecutive season.
Siena (10-5) will face tournament host Marist in the conference championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Saints posted 9-8 wins against both the Red Foxes and Titans during the regular season.
Prunty, who became the 24th player in program history to eclipse 100 career points, finished with a season-high five points. The MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and nation’s fourth leading scorer, Hurley tallied a game-high six points. Both he and Prunty extended their point scoring streaks to 32 consecutive games and Prunty increased his goal scoring streak to 17 in a row.
Following a slow start, Siena opened the second quarter with five goals in seven minutes to claim a 6-3 lead against the MAAC’s top scoring defense. Hurley recorded four of his points during the spurt as the Saints would not trail again and led 6-4 at the half.
Canisius (7-8) would rally as close as 8-7 late in the third quarter, but the Saints would close the period with three goals in 3:35. Prunty fired home his fourth goal of the game with just three seconds left in the quarter as Siena took an 11-7 lead to the fourth. The Golden Griffins would never get closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Tommy Cordts made 12 saves in goal for the Saints which have won seven of their last eight against Canisius. With the win, Siena achieved the program’s seventh double-digit win campaign in the past eight seasons after having accomplished that feat just twice in the program’s first 43 years of existence.
Billy Jacobbi and Nick Tuttle both tallied hat tricks for Canisius, while Jeff Edwards, Tim Edwards and Austin Romantic each added three points apiece.