March 15, 2005
Washington, DC---Freshman Amy Schoonmaker led the Siena women's lacrosse team to a 13-9 win over Howard University, Friday evening at the Greene Stadium. Schoonmaker scored three times and Michelle Eide and Claire Devine dished out three assists.
Siena opened the first half with an early goal by Tammy Vitolins at 26:20. Christina Pampalona fired a quick shot and scored at 23:40 tying the game for the Saints. Schoonmaker gave the Saints another goal at 21:30, but the Lady Bisons answered right back with a Chandra Harris at 20:26. The game remained tied for four minutes when Devine put a shot in goal giving Siena a 4-1 lead at 18:15.
The Saints would send four shots into goals before Howard would answer, cruising to a 7-4 advantage at break.
In the second half, Howard tried to make a run, but they could not slow the power behind the Saints offense. Devine fired a strong shot off an assist from Eide at 26:34. Katie Ostrye produced another goal at 21:44 and Vitolins finished her shot at 17:52 with another goal. Meanwhile, the Lady Bisons looked to Harris and Brittany Merritt for a goal.
The Saints didn't stop there as they continued to explode, running the Lady Bisons on their own field. "This was a hard fought game, I give credit to Howard, they played aggressive," said head coach Jake McHerron. "For us it was the great passing of the ball", said McHerron
Every shot the Saints took was assisted with the exception of three shots, one being a free position and two unassisted scores.
The Saints won the battle in groundballs (34) and shots 34-25. Bethany Zimmer denied Howard of nine goals while protecting the Saints net; her record now stands at 2-2 between the posts.
Siena record improves 2-2 overall and 0-0 in MAAC play. The Saints look to extend their two game winning streak as they host Binghamton on Thursday, March 17 at Union College. Draw is set for 2 p.m.