March 6, 2005
Schenectady, N.Y.--Siena women's lacrosse team jumped to an early start to claim an 8-6 win over visiting Long Island University on Sunday afternoon at Union College field in the home opener for the Saints. The Blackbirds slipped to 0-1 with the loss.
Sophomore attack wing, Michelle Eide scored three goals in the Saints home stand, while freshman Amy Schoonmaker added two goals and sophomore Christina Pampalone added one goal and an assist; sophomore Tammy Vitolins and senior Joan Paul each added a goal.
Claire Devine and Katie Ostrye each chipped in with a pair of assists. Paul and co-captain Mary Behr had a team-best five ground balls, while Behr recorded a team high three caused turnovers. Bethany Zimmer made 10 stops in goal to pick up the win.
LIU's Kayleigh Graves netted four goals, while Amy Rizzo and Chrissie Carleton scored a goal. Elaine Bonilla lead the Blackbirds with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Patricia Parker made 10 saves between the pipes.
It was a equivalence in the first half as Siena jumped on the board first, but LIU responded with two goals, before the Saints would counter to knot the game 5-5 at the break. The Saints out shot LIU 25-24 and without 10 big saves from Parker, the rout would have been on. Siena struck first when Eide found an open hole for her first score of the game. After Graves equalized two minutes later, the two teams would exchange goals until the Saints went on the decisive 3-2 run spanning 25:45 over the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. During the run, three different Saints scored, while LIU struggled to clear the ball. The Saints seemed unprepared in the light snow for the Blackbirds quickness in the midfield, turning the ball over 11 times in the first half and 20 times for the game. LIU was just 5-of-10 on clear attempts in the first half.
The second half started the same as the first, as Eide tallied a Pampalone goal just 44 seconds in to make it 6-5. The teams traded goals with LIU getting as close as 8-5 before Paul's score pushed the lead back to two as time winded down. LIU wouldn't threaten the lead, scoring the eventual last goal in the final 5:54 to make the concluding margin. The Saints wouldn't allow LIU to get any closer, as Zimmer made two key saves, including one on a point-blank.
Siena won the battle at the draw circle 11-10 and also had 28 ground balls to 26 for LIU. The Saints turned the ball over 20 times themselves.
The Saints travel to Washington, DC to take on Howard on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m.