Oct. 5, 2003
The team that couldn't figure out a way to win throughout the first month of its season sure has picked the right time to start. Lacee Iselo rebounded her own shot into the back of the cage nine minutes into overtime setting off a euphoric celebration as the Siena Field Hockey team (2-8/2-0 NEC) defeated Monmouth (3-9/1-2 NEC) in a conference game contested in Loudonville to cap off Family Weekend Sunday afternoon. Junior Kristen Heyde anchored a Saints' defense that bent but did not break, thanks in large part to her seven critical saves.
After a scoreless first half with little action in the circle on either side of the field, Erin Mead finished an Iselo feed from the right side to break the ice and give Siena a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the second half. Mead took Iselo's pass and drove past her defender before blasting a shot that eventually trickled into the cage after finding a good portion of goalie Carrie Colbert's pads. Colbert was solid in the cage for the visitors stopping five shots in a losing effort.
Monmouth evened things up with just fewer than 10 minutes remaining in regulation when Bridget Greene beat Heyde stick-side on a breakaway. Greene took a pass from teammate Katie Niemczyk that traveled nearly the entire length of the field, eluding the Siena midfield before fortuitously arriving to an uncontested Greene.
The 1-1 score held up through regulation as Heyde preserved the tie with several key stops. Monmouth controlled the statistical advantage throughout regulation, holding an 11-7 edge in shots and a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners. However, Siena would dominate the overtime session, registering both shots and the only penalty corner.
Iselo's tally finished off a flurry of activity in front of the cage off a penalty corner. Mead took the corner and centered the ball to Kathleen Brennan who promptly found Iselo 10 feet from the cage. Iselo patiently waited for her spot and fired a shot that Colbert saved. The rebound ricocheted back to Iselo who beat Colbert to the back left of the cage for the victory.
A boisterous Siena partisan crowd responded immediately to the sound of the winning stroke, realizing the Saints have positioned themselves nicely for a potential berth in the NEC Tournament. With just six teams in the League this season, each of the five conference games takes on added significance as the sextet vies to become one of the top-four teams that qualifies for the Championships, which begin on Halloween at the site of the regular-season champion.
The Saints have a week of well-deserved rest before they travel to defending NEC Tournament Champion Rider next Sunday.