Oct. 23, 2002
Kristen Masino rebounded her own shot into the back of the cage to account for the game-winning goal with just over 20 minutes remaining in a spirited field hockey contest played in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon.
Siena dominated all the statistics except for the one that mattered, out-shouting the Pioneers 26-8 (17-3 in the first half) and holding a commanding 16-8 advantage in penalty corners.
Sacred Heart got in the board first as Julie Messenger scored from just inside the circle six and a half minutes into the game. With just under one and a half minutes remaining in the first half, Messenger fired an unassisted goal from the right side of the field to put the Pioneers up 2-0 at the break.
The Saints rallied behind the efforts of junior standout Lacee Iselo who broke the ice off a Terri Cordes feed six minutes into the second half. Iselo then deflected a Jessica Pelusa cross past goalkeeper Robyn Breer for the dramatic tying goal. Masino's tally came less than two minutes later and the Saints could not answer back.
Breer had 14 saves in the cage for Sacred Heart and thwarted several late scoring chances.
Emotions ran high throughout the contest as the referees handed out five caution cards and ejected players from each team early in the second half before a boisterous 175 Siena-partisan fans.
Had the Saints finished more of their scoring opportunities, they would have qualified for their first ever NEC Tournament berth-but it was not meant to be on this day. Siena can still qualify for the NEC Tournament should they defeat Monmouth next Monday and have Quinnipiac top Monmouth on Saturday.
Siena finishes its NEC schedule at Monmouth on Monday before returning home to conclude its season a week from today against Lehigh.