April 18, 2004
The Siena College women's lacrosse team fell to Fairfield University, 10-9, Sunday afternoon at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. on Senior Day and the final home game of the 2004 season. With the loss the Saints dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in the MAAC while the Stags improved to 4-9 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
Fairfield jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of action as Jessica Conahan, Ashley Chappell and Beth Lofredo all found the back of the net for the Stags. Senior Stephanie Petruccelli finally got Siena on the board at the 24:21 mark on a feed by Dana Sherrer, but Fairfield's Kate Dillon answered back to bring the Stag lead back up to three with 20 minutes to play.
Joan Paul cut the lead to two on a free position shot but Chappell and Conahan put away their second goals of the afternoon for a 6-2 advantage with 5:39 to go. Michelle Eide scored all three of her goals for the Saints over the next five minutes to pull the Saints to within one of the Stags at the half.
Fairfield's Suzanne Finley and Chappell kicked off scoring in the second, giving the Stags an 8-5 lead. Siena and Fairfield then traded goals over the next 16 minutes for a 10-7 score in favor of the Stags with 8:49 to play. Suzanne Finley found the back of the net at the 5:04 mark for the Stags, giving them a four-point advantage, but an illegal stick caused the goal to be taken away, and the Saints remained three goals down.
Siena's Claire Devine got the Green and Gold to within two on a score at the 3:30 mark and Sarah Elliot put one in the net with just six seconds left to cut the Fairfield lead to just one, but time ran out on the Saints as Fairfield walked away with the one-goal, 10-9 victory.
Eide led Siena in scoring for the third-straight contest with three goals. Petruccelli helped out with a pair of tallies while Sherrer and Devine turned in multiple-point performances with one goal and one assist each.
Chappelle led all scorers with four goals for the Stags while Conahan added two tallies. Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle had a strong game in the cage for the Saints, making 11 stops while Kathleen Crane recorded 15 saves in the net for Fairfield.
Siena outshot Fairfield 36-27.
The Saints will next be in action next Saturday, April 24 when they travel to Niagara. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.