Oct. 24, 2004
Senior Susan Ganghamer sent Monmouth to the Northeast Conference Tournament with a goal 6:06 into overtime, giving the Hawks a 2-1 victory over NEC foe Siena Sunday at MU Field Hockey Park. Monmouth could have only clinched a tournament berth with a win.
The Hawks and Quinnipiac finish the regular season with 4-4 marks in the NEC, but Monmouth held the tiebreaker by virtue of their 2-0 victory over the Bobcats on Sept. 26. The Hawks finished the season 9-9 overall. Siena fell to 2-12 and 2-6 in the NEC.
The Hawks controlled the overtime period, outshooting the Saints 5-0 while holding a 6-0 edge in penalty corners. Monmouth couldn't take advantage, however, until the 77th minute. Senior Kelly Balady sent a hard shot in from the top of the circle that Siena goalie Kristen Heyde saved at the left post. But Ganghamer corralled the loose ball and flipped a shot over Heyde and into the goal for her fifth tally of the year.
Siena sent the game to the extra period after Jessica Peluso gathered a ball in front of the cage and converted at 58:02 to tie the game at 1-1. Peluso led the Saints with four goals this season.
Senior Katie Levy gave the Hawks the initial lead at 32:49 of the first half, sweeping a rebound past Heyde for her team-leading sixth goal.
The Hawks had a chance to grab a 2-0 lead early in the second when Levy was awarded a penalty stroke, but her high shot missed wide left.
Heyde, who is second in the NEC in saves per game, finished with 11 saves. Monmouth keeper Carrie Colbert stopped three shots for the Hawks. Monmouth out-shot Siena 21-7 and owned a 19-8 edge in penalty corners.