April 16, 2005
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The Siena women's lacrosse team got a second chance after losing a two-goal late-game lead. Thanks to its co-preseason player of the year, the Saints took advantage of that chance. Sophomore attacker Michelle Eide scored off an unassisted shot with 35 seconds left in the first sudden victory overtime period and scored past Iona goalie Roxanne Monte giving Siena a 6-5 victory over the Gaels in a wild game played on Mazzella Field.
Siena (7-5, 4-0 MAAC), which played its third overtime game of the season, led 1-0 after sophomore Christina Pampalone scored her first goal of the game off a free position attempt with 15:31 left. But Iona's Kelly Hughes tied the game with her unassisted goal with 13:53 left. Aimee Colon gave Iona a 2-1 edge just 38 seconds later, with 13:05 remaining. The Saints tied it up with a Pampalone assist to freshman Amy Schoonmaker with 7:52 left and both teams entered the halftime break tied at 2-2.
At the start of the third quarter, Hughes found the back of the goal for the second time with 27:32 to play before teammate Megan Sadtler gave the Maroon and Gold a two-goal advantage with 24:59 to play. Siena rallied with two goals at the 20:39 from Schoonmaker and Eide at 6:21 marks, knotting the game at 4-4.
Gaels leading scorer, Jaclyn O'Leary put Iona up 5-4 with her goal with 2:13 to play, but Siena countered just over a minute later when Katie Ostrye scored the game tying goal off a feed from Schoonmaker with1:09 left in regulation. Eide won the draw for the Saints who passed the ball until time expired forcing overtime. The Saints scored with 35 seconds left in the first extra period, giving them the victory.
Siena outshot Iona 40-23 and won 41-to-38 groundballs. The Gaels won eight of the game's 15 draw controls while the Saints committed 20 turnovers.
Freshman Bethany Zimmer had nine saves and Monty had an impressive 19 saves between the pipes for the loss.
Siena looks to remain perfect in the MAAC as they face Manhattan Jaspers in a 10 a.m. match-up.