March 9, 2004
Stephanie Petruccelli scored the game-winner to lift Siena College over Sacred Heart University, 5-4, in women's lacrosse action this afternoon. With the win, the Saints earned their first victory of the season and now sit with a 1-2 overall record. The loss drops Sacred Heart to 2-1 on the year.
The Pioneers trailed for much of the day but battled back to tie the game at 4-4 with just 39 seconds to play. With the game appearing headed for overtime, the Saints made one last charge as Claire Devine scooped up a ground ball at midfield, found her way to the back of the cage and fed Petruccelli for what proved to be the game-winner with just nine ticks left on the clock.
Siena struck first in the first four minutes of play as Eide opened the scoring converting on a free-position shot. The Pioneers knotted the game at 1-1 at the 18:55 mark as junior Natalie Smith (Wantagh, NY) scored her ninth goal of the season, unassisted.
Eide scored her second of the day with 12:18 to go followed by Devine just 41 seconds later giving Siena a 3-1 lead. Pioneer senior Jackie Reichert (Nesconset, NY) scored in the fourth minute to cut the lead back one on a feed from Smith. The Saints built their lead back to two however as Stephanie Petruccelli found the back of the net unassisted with just 55 seconds to play.
Much of the second half was mired by sloppy play on both sides on a slick field. The Pioneers began their march back in it when junior JoAnn Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) scored from the free position to get SHU to within 4-3.
With under a minute to go, the Pioneers made their final charge. Sophomore Jamie Pettit (Baldwin, NY) created a turnover on Siena's end where Montesarchio collected the ground ball and took off on a breakaway. The junior midfielder beat Saint goalkeeper Mary -Elizabeth Dupelle to tie the game up, 4-4, with just 39 seconds to play.
The Saints would get the last shot as Eide won the ensuing draw control to put her team in position for some last second heroics.
Eide and Petruccelli each tallied two goals for the Saints. Dupelle had nine saves in the cage for Siena.
Smith finished with a goal and an assist while Montesarchio netted two. Lavoie turned away eight Saint shots in taking the loss.