Feb. 25, 2005
Troy N.Y.- Freshman Amy Schoonmaker scored three goals, while sophomore teammates Claire Devine and Christina Pampalone each scored two goals as Siena dropped a 14-11 loss to cross-town foe University at Albany in their season-opening game at Rensselaer's Harkness Field this afternoon.
Siena (0-1) jumped out to a 4-1 advantage midway through the opening period behind three goals from Schoonmaker and an unassisted tally by Pamapolone. Claire Devine and Kathryn Marcantonio each scored for Siena in the closing minutes of the half as the Saints took a 7-3 lead at halftime.
The Saints tied the score at 10 apiece when Tammy Vitolins scored in transition at the 11:28 mark. The Great Danes answered with three consecutive goals en route to the victory. Kate Fontana scored twice and Donohue added one, with Sarah Spillett setting up all three.
UAlbany started strong in the second period, scoring five of the first six goals. Nikki Donohue netted her second off a feed from Sarah Spillett, who set a career high with five assists. Kim Reny followed with her second goal, using an underhanded shot to convert a free-position attempt, as the Great Danes cut the deficit to 7-5.
After a transition goal by Siena's Pampalone, UAlbany rattled off three straight to tie the contest at 8-all. Fontana, who finished with three goals and one assist, notched a free-position tally and Donohue followed with two goals one minute apart.
Siena regained the lead, 9-8, when Michelle Eide capitalized on a free-position attempt with 19:38 remaining. Spillett then threw a pass in front of the cage to Krissy Rajczak, who scored to knot the score again. The Great Danes took their first lead of the contest when Spillett buried a rebound in the back of the net.
The Great Danes were led by Donohue who scored a career-high five goals in the win.
Bethany Zimmer made nine saves in goal for Siena, while Devine paced the offense with two goals and two assists.
The Saints look to rebound as they travel to Vermont on Wednesday, March 2, in a 3 p.m. tip-off.