Oct. 30, 2002
Kristi Miller scored the only goal of the game with just eight and a half minutes remaining carrying Lehigh (4-12) to a 1-0 victory over Siena (6-11) in the Saints' season finale` Wednesday afternoon. Siena, which saw its playoff hopes disappear two days ago, ended the season with a six-game losing streak.
Miller's goal followed an outbreak of activity in front of the Siena cage. After Siena keeper Kristen Heyde (Somers, N.Y.) turned away her first attempt, teammate Lindsay Jenschke tapped the ball back to Miller who guided it to the back of the cage. The score ended 66 minutes of scoreless play.
Heyde registered seven saves and finished the season with a 2.14 goals against average and a .743 save percentage. The Saints held a statistical advantage for the third straight game, out-shooting the Mountain Hawks 17-13 and holding the same edge in penalty corners.
Siena's Lacee Iselo (Rome, N.Y./Holland Patent) peppered Lehigh's Jeanine Hoff with a season-high 10 shots, but could not break through. Hoff recorded nine saves in earning the shutout for the victors. Iselo finished the season tied with classmate Erin Mead for the team lead in scoring with 19 points. Her 78 shots were the most on the team.
"This game was a microcosm of our season," a disappointed Head Coach Lynda Lareau said following the game. "We have gotten to the point where we can compete with any team on our schedule, now we have to learn how to win (close) games."
The Saints appeared on the verge of their first ever playoff appearance two weeks ago when they had evened their NEC record and stood at 5-6 overall. The Saints were outscored by an average of just over one goal per game over their six game losing streak to end the season and actually out-shot their opposition 79-77.
The game was the final contest for the Siena senior class that consists of Terri Cordes (Windsor, N.Y./Windsor), Amanda Flood (Old Tappan, N.J./Old Tappan) and Amy Prumo (Gloversville, N.Y./Gloversville). The trio has helped orchistrate the turnaround of the Siena field hockey program, which despite its record is clearly on the right track.
"Every year this (Siena's) program gets better," Lehigh Head Coach Michelle Finegan said following her team's victory. "The foundation and talent is in place, and all involved should be proud of what they have accomplished and what the future holds."