Oct. 19, 2003
Two weeks to the day from her stirring overtime game-winning goal over Monmouth that eventually propelled the Saints to their initial NEC Tournament, senior Lacee Iselo repeated the feat in a 3-2 non-conference win over UMBC (1-10). Iselo's overtime game-winner brought her within two goals of the school's career goal record with three games remaining in the regular-season.
The deciding goal game off a Kathleen Brennan feed just under six minutes into the overtime session. Iselo took the pass just inside the circle and maneuvered to within 10-feet from the cage where she fired a shot that squeezed its way through the pads of UMBC's Meghan Polek. The ball tricked toward the cage where it reluctantly arrived a few perilous seconds later.
Katie Cutchall started the scoring for the Retrievers 26 minutes into the first half. Cutchall scored off the rebound to give UMBC the early lead. Ashley Smaldon then tied the score with her first of two goals thanks to a brilliant pass from the left wing by teammate Kate Karoglanian. Smaldon stuck her stick in the path of the hotly struck ball, deflecting it past Polek to tie the score.
The score remained knotted entering the intermission and after more even competition, the Retrievers struck again. Caitlin Caldwell finished an Amanda Heinz pass after some crafty passing inside the circle to give UMBC a 2-1. The lead lasted for just over a minute as Amanda Fronhofer found Ashley Smaldon for the equalizer. Smaldon worked her way to an empty cage following some nifty stick work to beat Polek and tie the score. The 2-2 tie stood up through the remainder of regulation, though each team had its opportunities.
Kristen Heyde stopped four of the Retrievers 11 shots on the afternoon, while Polek recorded eight stops as the Saints peppered the cage with 18 attempts. Siena also controlled a 13-11 advantage in penalty corners.
Iselo's overtime goal gave Siena (3-9) its third victory in its last four games after beginning the year 0-8. The Saints return to action on Tuesday at 3 p.m. as they host Appalachian State.