Albany Sneaks Past Siena 3-1 in Field Hockey
Oct. 1, 2002
Tina Brison slashed a turnaround backhand over Kristen Heydee's (Somers, N.Y.) left shoulder for the game-winning tally in a non-conference field hockey game played on a picture-perfect Tuesday afternoon in Albany. The Saints (2-6) and Great Danes (3-6) played an even first 35 minutes before Albany closed the scoring with two second-half goals.
Albany started the scoring when Lisa Burline deflected a crossing pass from Alexis Johnson nearly 17 minutes into the game. The attempt was one of five shots Burline attempted.
Siena's Erin Mead (Chestertown, N.Y.) evened the score five minutes later when she finished a pass in front of the cage from classmate Ashley Smaldon (Rome, N.Y.). Smaldon created the chance by splitting defenders just inside the circle and drawing goalie Megan Akstin out of the cage. She then beat Akstin with some crafty stick moves and left the pass for the hard-charging Mead.
The Saints had several opportunities to tie the game following Brison's goal, but could not finish their chances. Akstin recorded nine saves in the cage for the Great Danes on 14 Siena shots. Heydee had five saves for the Saints off 18 Albany attempts.
Alexis Johnson added an insurance goal with under five minutes remaining as she got her stick on an Amber Greiner shot from the top of the circle off a corner. The penalty corner was the third consecutive chance for the Great Danes, which held an 11-5 advantage in that category.
The contest was even throughout and quite entertaining with each team creating several scoring chances. Albany had shutout Siena last season and held the Saints to just two shots in a convincing win.
Siena begins a six-game home stand against Saint Francis (Pa.) in an NEC match at Siena Field on Saturday at noon.