Sept. 17, 2002
Nancy Miller collected two of her game-high three points on what turned out to be the game-winning goal just over 28 minutes into the first half as Colgate (2-3) topped Siena 4-2 in an entertaining field hockey game on the Siena campus Tuesday afternoon. Miller's tally came after the two teams exchanged four goals in a furious rally to start play.
Ashley Schneider started the scoring with a goal just eight minutes into the contest on a well-timed crossing pass from Dana Shaner to give Colgate the early edge. Siena's Michelle Dorscheid (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield) fired back just nine minutes later with a hard hit blast that from just inside the circle off a nice feed from senior captain Terri Cordes to tie the score at 1-1.
Just over eight minutes later, Beth Primps deflected Miller try into the Siena cage to put the Red Raiders back up momentarily. Lacee Iselo, who registered five shots in a losing effort, again tied the score off a rebound of an Ashley Smaldon attempt that ricocheted just in front of the goal at the 27-minute mark of the first half.
Natalie Heller added an insurance goal to Miller's game-winner 15 minutes into the second half off a Kristen Merkle assist.
Siena played well in spurts and showed tremendous improvement from last season's 6-0 shellacking at Colgate in which they registered just two shots. The Saints actually out-shot the Red Raiders on this occasion 18-11-sic of which came from junior Erin Mead after the intermission. Sara Corcoran had eight saves in a solid effort for Colgate.
Siena begins a five-game road swing this weekend against NEC foes St. Francis (Pa.) and the University of Maryland Baltimore-County. The Saints return home October 5 at noon.