Women's Lacrosse Muscles Past Manhattan, 18-16

April 17, 2004

Box Score

Freshman Michelle Eide scored five goals in her second-straight game, while adding one assist, to help the Saints earn an 18-16 overtime victory over Manhattan College in MAAC women's lacrosse action at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. Saturday afternoon. The Saints improved to 4-10 overall and 2-1 in the league with the victory while the loss was the first for the Jaspers in conference play (3-1) and the fifth overall (8-5).

The Saints took an early 5-2 lead with just 9:18 remaining in the first period before Manhattan put away three of the final four first-half goals to cut the Siena lead to just one at the half. Eide and Stephanie Petruccelli put away two goals each in the opening stanza to help the Saints to the 6-5 halftime advantage.

Both teams went on a scoring spree in the second half as the two squads combined for a total of 19 goals. Manhattan got on the board first on a goal by Lauren Civardi to knot the contest up at six apiece. After a tally by Siena's Eide, Civardi went on to score two more and Catherine Dunbar netted one, giving the Jaspers their first lead of the game at 9-7 with 24:11 to play.

Over the next 12 minutes, Manhattan outscored the Saints 5-3 to increase their advantage to the biggest of the afternoon at 14-10. The Saints battled back, however, putting away six goals while holding the Jaspers to just two in the final minutes of the second half, sending the game into overtime. Danna Sherrer had a pair of tallies during that time, including the game-tying goal as she picked up a dropped Manhattan ball in front of the net and got it past keeper Ashley Devins with just 1:12 remaining to send the contest into extra periods.

Molly Pheterson scored her fourth goal of the afternoon in the first overtime period to give the Jaspers the one-goal advantage with just one three-minute stanza to go. But the Saints fired back and put away three goals while keeping the Jaspers scoreless in the final minutes to take the eventual 18-16 conference victory.



Eight different Siena players registered goals as Eide led the Green and Gold with her five-goal, one-assist performance and Christina Pampalone contributed four tallies, including the gamewinner, and one assist. Petruccelli netted three and Dana Sherrer added two and a helper. Claire Devine and Tammy Vitolins each scored one goal while assisting one other and Joan Paul and Collen Crowley added one each.

Manhattan had seven Jaspers reach the goal-scoring column with Molly Pheterson leading the way with five tallies. Lauren Civardi finished with four goals while Victoria Carman and Cathernine Dunbar also had multiple-goal performances on the afternoon.

Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle finished with nine saves for the Saints while Ashley Devine had 13 stops for Manhattan.

The Saints will entertain Fairfield tomorrow, Sunday, April 17, 2004 on Senior Day and their final home game of the 2004 season. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.