Oct. 3, 2003
Siena College opened up their 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic schedule this afternoon defeating defending conference champion Loyola College, 2-1, at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. With the win the Saints improve to 2-6 overall and 1-0 in MAAC play, while the loss drops the Greyhounds to 4-3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the league. The setback marks the first for Loyola in 35 games in the MAAC conference. Their last loss was in 1999 when they were defeated by Marist College.
The Saints scored two first-half goals while allowing just one Greyhound tally in the second to walk away with the victory.
Paul Ciovacco gave the Saints a 1-0 lead after netting a penalty kick at the 22:27 mark. C.J. Melilli knocked in the second goal for the Green and Gold off a long ball from Sean Kelly some 19 minutes later with less than four minutes remaining in the first half. The Saints took that 2-0 advantage into halftime.
Loyola closed the gap on a goal by Omar Alfonso just over eleven minutes into the second period. The Greyhounds look recharged after scoring a goal, putting continuous pressure on Siena's defense and keeper Patrick Henry during the last 20 minutes. But Henry came up big down the wire, stopping three potentially dangerous Loyola shots to help preserve the Saint lead and give the Green and Gold the conference victory.
The conference match-up was evenly played, with each team firing eight shots and both squads earning three corner kicks.
Henry had an outstanding performance in the cage for the Saints, stopping four shots, three of which came in during the final 17 minutes of play. Loyola net minder Greg Peters made three stops for the Greyhounds.
The Saints will continue conference play this weekend as they host Rider this Sunday, October 5. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.