Sept. 17, 2003
Albany (2-4) erupted for six second half goals to break a 1-1 halftime tie on its way to a misleading 7-1 victory over Siena (0-7) in the Saints' Field Hockey home opener in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon. Freshman Kristina Maze scored two goals and her twin sister Marisa settled down after allowing an early Siena tally to collect nine saves in earning her second career victory in the cage.
Senior Amanda Fronhoefer got the Saints on the board first when she deflected classmate Lacee Iselo's offering from the top of the circle 17 minutes into the game. Less than five minutes later, Albany evened the score as Kristina Maze broke free and found Alexis Johnson for her first of two goals. The evenly played first half ended with the game deadlocked at 1-1 and Siena actually controlling a statistical advantage with 10 shot attempts.
As it would turn out, the second half was fairly even statistically as well, however, the Great Danes took advantage of their opportunities. Kristina Maze broke the tie less than five minutes into the decisive stanza scoring on a rebound of her own shot, and 10 minutes later Amber Greiner scored the first of five Albany goals in a 12-minute span off a corner, helping break open the game.
Johnson's second goal followed Griener's score and Amber Morris followed six minutes later with a shot that ricocheted off a Siena defender into the cage. Greiner than found Tina Brison off a penalty corner to stretch the lead to 6-1 and Kristina Maze scored on a breakaway in the same 61st minute to account for the final margin.
A final glance at the stats would indicate a much more hotly contested game, as Albany held a slim 17-16 edge in shots and an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. Iselo and classmate Erin Mead led the way offensively for Siena with five shots a piece-including several good scoring opportunities.
Senior Erin Mead, playing alongside twin sister Angie represented Siena's set of twins from Northern New York State, as each attended North Warren High School in Chestertown, N.Y. Albany's Maze sisters are in their first year of collegiate competition after competing just down the Northway at Glens Falls High School.
Siena's Kristen Heyde played all 70 minutes in the cage, registering six saves (four in the first half).
The Saints look for their initial win of the season Saturday at Rhode Island. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.