April 20, 2007
Amy Neville had four goals and four assists to help visiting Fairfield past Siena 13-9 in the penultimate regular-season game for both teams Friday in Loudonville. Lindsey Rosecrans, Christina Pampalone and Ryan Tierney each had two goals for the Saints.
With the win, Fairfield improves to 8-8 overall and 5-1 in the league. The Stags have clinched a spot in next weekend's MAAC Championships. The Saints fall to 4-9 on the season and 3-3 in the MAAC. They will likely need to win their Senior Day showdown with archrival Marist here on Sunday to earn one of the league's four postseason bids.
The two teams played to an entertaining 7-7 halftime tie after the Stags jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Tierney (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) found the back of the net on a free position opportunity nearly 10 minutes into the game for Siena's first score. After Ashley Chappell scored her second goal of the game to push the Stags advantage back to three goals, the Saints responded with three unanswered tallies.
Pampalone's (E. Northport, N.Y.) free position goal was bookmarked by unassisted scores from Lynn Harkins and Rosecrans, highlighting a four-minute flurry that evened the score with 12:26 remaining in the initial stanza.
Neither team led by more than a goal for the rest of the half. Fairfield knotted the score with 2:05 to go on a Neville wrap-around after the Saints had taken their second lead of the game on a 15-foot wrister from Rosecrans.
Defense dominated the early action in the second half until Neville found Lara Hannigan to put the Stags on top with 23:19 on the clock. Siena's Amy Schoonmaker took a well-timed pass from Kathryn Marcantoino - who was positioned behind the Stags goal - and beat goalie Lauren Chatnik stick-side to tie the game for the fifth and final time.
Fairfield quickly seized momentum, scoring the game's next five goals and holding the Saints scoreless for over 20 minutes. Neville had two goals and an assist during the explosive and deciding run, and Abbey Goodwin capped off the scoring with just 2:23 remaining. Tierney's second goal moments later off a Harkins' feed accounted for the final score, 13-9.
It was a disappointing loss for the Saints who entered the weekend controlling their own postseason fate. Now, Siena will need either a Marist loss tonight (at first place LeMoyne) or a Manhattan loss this weekend (at Canisius tonight or at Niagara on Sunday) AND a victory on Sunday (over Marist) to advance to New Rochelle next weekend.