Oct. 9, 2002
Junior Erin Mead (Chestertown, N.Y.) scored Siena's (5-6) first two goals and assisted on the third as the Saints jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and ultimately held on for a 3-2 triumph over Vermont (4-9) in a non-conference game played at Siena Field on Wednesday afternoon. The win was the third straight for Siena, which surpassed its 2002 win total by virtue of the victory.
Mead, whose five points before the intermission were the most ever by a Siena field hockey player in a half, scored for the fourth consecutive game. The forward's first tally came off a deflection of a Michelle Dorscheid (Penfield, N.Y.) feed from the top of the circle just over seven minutes into the game. Eight minutes later, she rebounded her own shot into the back of the cage off a breakaway to give the Saints a two-goal edge.
Siena's third goal came with just over five minutes remaining in the first half when Ashley Smaldon (Rome, N.Y.) deflected Mead's attempt off a penalty corner.
Vermont got on the board as Sara Mercanti scored an unassisted goal off a rebound almost 15 minutes into the second half. Five minutes later, Whitney Cage pulled the Catamounts to within a single goal off a Katie Henry assist, but Vermont would get no closer.
Sophomore goalie Kristen Heyde (Somers, N.Y.) was sensational in goal for the Saints, recording seven saves on several legitimate scoring threats. The Saints also notched two defensive saves, as freshmen Kathleen Brennan and Lori Barletta made key stops to preserve the victory.
Siena returns to conference action at Siena Field this weekend, beginning with a 1 p.m. game with Sacred Heart on Saturday.