April 23, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, NY -Six players had multiple goal performances in Siena's 18-13 win at home on a rainy Saturday afternoon. In what was the Saints' highest scoring game since last season, almost the entire Siena squad was able to see time on the field to give the team a crucial conference win before they close out the regular season tomorrow.
Lindsay Hamann got the Purple Eagles on the board first with only two minutes into the game connecting on her first of three goals. A minute later, sophomore Christina Pampalone (East Northport, NY) responded netting her first of seven goals with 27:16 left to play in the first half. Classmate Michelle Eide (Pearl River, NY) followed with the first of her three goals to give Siena a 2-1.
Niagara (5-6, 1-5) received two goals from Elizabeth Johnson and Rachel Jones, but it wasn't enough as the Saints put together a five goal run sparked by freshman Amy Schoonmaker (Simsbury, CT) to give the Siena a 10-3 lead. To end the half, Ashley Baker and Jones added consecutive goals for the Purple and White as time expired, 10-5 Siena.
At the start of the second half, Niagara had the first strike again off the stick of Jones, 27:03 in. Siena took its largest lead of the game at the 42:27 mark as sophomore Tammy Vitolins (Averill Park, NY) and Pampalone sandwiched goals around Eagles goalie Kristin Engel. Siena led, 12-7, with just less than 13 minutes remaining, both teams exchanged goals until Siena scored the next three goals to make the Saints margin, 18-11, with 1:25 to play. Niagara tallied the last two goals off of free position shots; as Siena (9-6, 5-1) went on to win 18-13, claiming their fifth and most conference wins since program history. Lynn Harkins (Bellmore,NY) tallied two goals and Katie Ostrye (Katonah, NY) added one.
Pampalone tied her career and school record with seven goals in a single game. Senior co-captain Mary Behr (Oceanside, NY) had Siena's strongest performance in the middle of the field winning five draw controls for the Saints and forced three Niagara turnovers. Freshman goalie Beth Zimmer made nine saves for Siena, allowing 13 goals. Niagara Jones seven points, including five goals and two assists. Engel made five saves for the Purple Eagles.
As a team, the Saints outshot Niagara 33-26 and won the draw control battle, 17-16. The Saints close out the regular season as they welcome Canisius and honor seniors Karla Gudgel, Joan Paul, Katie Cruger and Behr tomorrow, with at 10 a.m. draw.