Siena WLAX Rallies To Defeat Holy Cross, 11-10 In Double OT

Schenectady, NY-With just 18 seconds remaining in the second half, sophomore center Michelle Eide scored the game tying goal to send the Saints into overtime at Frank Bailey Field at Union College in a night cap Tuesday evening. It was freshman Kathryn Marcantonio who notched the game winning goal for the Saints, eventually securing an 11-10 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders.

The two teams went scoreless in the first overtime, with freshman Amy Schoonmaker winning the draw. The Saints held the ball with flawless passing until co-captain Mary Behr let loose on a shoot that was blocked, with 10 seconds remaining; Katie Ostrye had the opportunity to score off a free position, but was denied by Crusaders goalie Megan Orr as time expired.

In the second half, both teams came out shooting, but it was the Saints intensity to strike first with a goal from Ostrye off an assist from Lynn Harkins. A minute later, Holy Cross struck back as Patricia Sutton scored, igniting a 4-0 run putting the purple and white up two, 6-4. Off a nice assist from Niki Burger, Christina Pampalone would cut the deficit to one, as she helped the Saints inch closer to tying the game. The Crusaders then took a 7-5 lead as Kaitlin Nangle knocked in a score on Saints goalie Bethany Zimmer. Senior Joan Paul and Schoonmaker would tie the game for the Saints, as they each scored a goal to knot game at seven a piece with 22 minutes remaining to play.

Holy Cross scored three unanswered goals led by the sharp shooting of Nangle, Amy Archambault and Carolyn Smirti. With just 1:31 remaining, Siena would rally when Harkins would score unassisted, making the game a 10-8 contest. Seconds later, Pampalone scored her second goal of the night, bringing the Saints within one goal of the Crusaders. With the suspense ever so heightened, Eide tied the game with 18 seconds left.

The Saints struggled in the first-half, as the Crusaders dominated the period. Smirti put the Crusaders on the board first with an unassisted goal. Half a minute later, Eide tied the game at one a piece. The visitors then went on a 4-0 run, as Smirti led the charge. Eide brought the Saints back with two minutes remaining in the half as she dished out an assist to Tammy Vitolins and Harkins as they each knocked in goals to make the score 5-3 at the break.

Siena stuffed the stat line, with 28-13 groundballs, while both teams took 19 shots on goal. Zimmer had nine saves in the net for the Saints, while Orr prevented eight for the Crusaders.

The victory improves the Saints record to 3-4 and the loss places the Crusaders at 5-5. The Saints next face LeMoyne College in their first conference match-up in Syracuse, NY at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on Time Warner Channel 3.