Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Canisius

April 14, 2003

The Siena College women's lacrosse team captured their first MAAC win of the season and ended a six-game losing streak with a 12-4 victory over Canisius at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. this afternoon. With the win the Saints improve to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC while the Golden Griffins are still searching for their first win of the year with an overall record of 0-8 and an 0-5 mark in league play.

The Saints went ahead 3-0 in the first five minutes of play as Dana Sherrer, Gina Purpura and Stephanie Petruccelli all found the back of the net. Canisius got on the board at the 15:05 mark on a goal by Laura McCann to cut the Siena lead to two but the Saints responded by rattling off three more goals to grab a 6-1 advantage. In the final six minutes of the first half, Canisius netted two goals while Siena added one more for a 7-3 halftime score.

The Saints ran away with the game in the second holding Canisius to just one goal while scoring five of their own, including two tallies from Petruccelli. Siena took a 12-3 lead before the Golden Griffins recorded their first tally of the second with 42 seconds remaining.

Petruccelli led the Saints with four goals while Purpura and Isabel Ohanian also had multiple-goal outings, netting two goals each.

McCann led Canisius with two goals.

Siena keeper Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle made eight saves in the net for the Saints, while Canisius goalie Sarah Royer had 14 stops for the Golden Griffins.

The Saints will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. this Wednesday, April 16 for the third time in four days to face Marist College in another MAAC match-up. Game-time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Siena College 7 5 12 Canisius 3 1 4



Scoring: Siena: Stephanie Petruccelli (4G), Gina Purpura (2G), Isabel Ohanian (2G), Caitlin Doherty (1G, 1A), Joan Paul (1G, 1A), Dana Sherrer (1G, 1A), Kristen Sibilia (1G, 1A) Canisius: Kristen McGuinness (2G), Rachelle Held (1G, 1A), Gina Balducci (1G).

Goalies: Siena: Kate Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle (60 min., 4 GA, 8 SV) Canisius: Sarah Royer (60 min., 12 GA, 14 SV)

Shots: Siena-42, Canisius 15 Ground Balls: Siena 16, Canisius 15 Draw Controls: Siena-9, Canisius 9