April 10, 2005
Sophomore midfielder Christina Pampalone scored seven goals to lead the Saints to a 14-12 victory over Fairfield in MAAC women's lacrosse action on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Siena Field. The win gives the Saints a school record six wins and an unblemished 3-0 conference record. The loss drops the Stags to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Pampalone owned the first half of play, scoring five goals in the period. After Amy Neville put the Stags on the board first, Pampalone scored two straight goals, making it a 2-1 contest. Her first goal was unassisted, and her second was off of a free position shot. Two minutes later, Sarah Masterson tied up the game with an unassisted goal. Gina Wolynski followed her teammate's lead with a goal of her own to put the Stags up 3-2. Katie Ostrye tied the game at 3-3 off an Amy Shoonmaker feed.
The two teams battled back and forth for the next 12 minutes. Poli gave the Stags a one-point advantage off of a free position shot with 18 minutes remaining in the half, but Pampalone answered right back for the Saints with her third goal of the contest. Just 10 seconds later, Neville scored to put the Red and White up by one, 5-4. Eide then tied the game and Pampalone followed with a goal, giving the Saints a 6-5 lead. The Stags answered back with a goal from Wolynski, tying the game at 6-6, but with three minutes left to play Pampalone closed the first half scoring with her fifth goal giving the Saints the lead at halftime, 7-6.
Fairfield came out on fire in the second half using a 3-0 run to take a 9-7 lead. Wolynski took the game into her own hands by scoring off a free position shot 2:50 into the second half. Wolynski then assisted Masterson for a nifty goal. Siena battled back when sophomore attacker Michelle Eide cut the deficit to one off a free position shot, and Pampalone scored her sixth goal of the game, with 26 minutes remaining to play in the second half to tie the score. One minute later, Amy Neville put the Stags back on top with a score that eluded goalie Bethany Zimmer.
The Saints scored three consecutive goals to regain the lead 12-10, thanks to the sharp shooting of Sarah Elliot, Niki Burger, and Eide.
For the next 11 minutes, both teams honed in on their defensive skills, and neither team scored a goal. With just under six minutes remaining, Pampalone broke the defensive struggle with her seventh goal off of a sharp assist from Lynn Harkins, increasing the Saints' lead to 13-10. The Stags, however, again had an answer. Poli went on to score her second goal of the game, making the game 13-11. Masterson then followed her a minute later, narrowing the margin to a single point. With just 45 seconds remaining, Joan Paul split the defenders and scored, icing the victory for the Saints.
Stuffing the stat line, the Saints scooped up 34 ground balls, while their counterpart grabbed 28. The Stags held the edge in draw controls, winning 16 while the Saints won 12. The Saints took full advantage of their free position shots scoring 9 times out 12.
Between the pipes, goalie Bethany Zimmer had six saves for the Saints, while goalie Kristin Genovese stopped eight shots for the Stags.
The Saints next travel to New Rochelle, NY to take on the Gaels of Iona. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday.