Sept. 17, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena and Binghamton gave each other everything they had and the two teams ended up playing to a 2-2 tie Tuesday afternoon on the Siena campus. Both teams generated numerous scoring opportunities but the goalies were equal to the task.
Joe Vitale (Scotia, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) got the scoring started in the 23rd minute with a perfectly-placed shot from the left side of the field. The Bearcats (1-4-1) answered back early in the second half on a controversial penalty kick. Graham Munro converted to tie the game.
Siena (0-1-1) regained the lead in the 63rd minute when Tom Santoro (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga) crossed a ball into the box. Thomas Bianco (Scotia, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) collected the pass and fed Christian Crescitelli (Merrick, N.Y./Merrick) perfectly for the score. The goal was the first of Crescitelli's career.
However, the Bearcats answered just over 10 minutes later when Stephen Bruce knocked in a rebound off a corner kick.
Both teams had plenty of chances to score throughout the remainder of the game but were unable to find the back of the net. Siena goalie Jonathan Hicks (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade) made six saves, several spectacular to keep the game tied.
Siena played without the program's sixth all-time leading scorer Paul Ciovacco (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Arlington). Ciovacco will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in practice.
The Saints continue a three-game homestand on Friday against Buffalo in a 4 o'clock start. Siena hosts Pac-10 foe Oregon State on Sunday at noon.