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Tri State North - RPI, Siena, Sacred Heart

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Tri State North - RPI, Siena, Sacred Heart

Siena College hosted Hofstra Saturday on Parents Weekend and came away with a crucial Tri-State Conference win.

Siena emerged 43-12 winners behind tries from fullback Brett Gaughan, No. 8 Ryan Powell, two from center Ryan Flynn, and three from flanker Matt Demm.

It toko almost a half hour for anyone to get on the scoreboard, but eventually Siena worked the phases well and got some nice running from wing Drake Shichak to set up the first try for Gaughan, Demm powered over on a pick-and-go just before halftime. 

In the second half, Siena opened things up. Lock Chris Lyskawa entered the match and made an immediate impact with aggressive tackling and winning ruck balls. Just two minutes in Demm scored his second try of the day carrying two defenders over the line. A quick turnover and counter put Powell over, and then Flynn scored two in quick succession on smart and aggressive support running.

Hofstra scored two tries late as they continued to battle, but Demm finished it off.

Siena, 2-1 in conference play, now looks ahead to RP, which beat Marist 42-29 to move to 3-0.

Coach Cody Clifford said the Engineers are starting to regain the form that saw them win the conference in 2015.

"It really looks like our team is coming together," said Clifford. "The first couple of games we were a little sloppy. We didn't have that continuity. But now our offense, especially in the forwards, is really solid, and it looks like things are clicking."

Leading the way is No. 8 Brady Condrons, who scored three tries and set up three more in a dominating performance.

That game with Siena will be a good one. The colleges are ten minutes apart and they all know each other well.

Also at 3-0 is Sacred Heart, which beat Union 54-14.

Head Coach Ray Peterson has enjoyed some good work from Chris Coyne at prop, center Danny Prinz, and  No. 8 Pat Walpole. They are fit and tough in the breakdown, and already have a win over Siena.