Siena Falls to Albany, 18-5

March 25, 2003

Alexis DiDomenico and Maria Ferrucci each had three goals and one assist, as Albany upended Siena, 18-5, for the Great Danes' first victory of the season on Tuesday afternoon at Rensselaer's Harkness Field.

Siena (2-2) drew even at three apiece with 8:58 remaining in the first half, as Gina Purpura converted Stephanie Petruccelli's pass. Albany (1-5) regrouped by scoring four consecutive times over the next six minutes. Ferrucci, a senior attacker, put her team ahead when she scored unassisted in transition. She added a pair of free-position goals in that span for a 7-3 lead.

The Great Danes, who began the season with five straight losses, took firm control with four goals over the opening 10 minutes of the second half. DiDomenico, a junior attacker, tallied a season-best third goal of the game from in front of the cage to start the period. Freshman Domenica LoRe scored twice, one off Andrea Esposito's pinpoint- pass to the top of the crease, before Jenn Rajczak connected with one of her three goals that gave her team a 12-4 advantage.

Albany's Ashley Heilmann had a career-high three goals, including two in the final period, while freshman Nikki Donohue totaled two goals and two assists. Amanda Heller and Ally Scalzo combined to make 11 saves in the Albany cage.

Purpura scored twice and goalkeeper Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle stopped 19 shots for the Saints, who were coming off a 15-9 victory over Binghamton in their last outing.

The Saints return to action this Saturday, March 29 when they travel to our nation's capital to face Howard. Game-time is set for 12:00 p.m. -agate- Siena (2-2) 4 1 - 5 Albany (1-5) 8 10 - 18 Siena - Scoring: Gina Purpura 2-0, Joan Paul 1-1, Karla Gudgel 1-0, Isabel Ohanian 1-0, Stephanie Petruccelli 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle (60:00, 19 saves, 18 GA). Albany - Scoring: Maria Ferrucci 3-1, Alexis DiDomenico 3-1, Jenn Rajczak 3-0, Ashley Heilmann 3-0, Nikki Donohue 2-2, Domenica LoRe 2-1, Courtney Hill 2-0, Andrea Esposito 0-2, Elizabeth Michalenko 0-1; Goalkeeper(s): Amanda Heller (50:15, 8 saves, 4 GA), Ally Scalzo (9:45, 3 saves, 1 GA).