April 24, 2004
The Siena College women's lacrosse team fell to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Niagara Saturday, 10-7. With the loss the Saints dropped to 4-12 overall and 2-3 in the conference while the win boosted to an 8-4 season mark and 3-2 record in leaue play.
The Purple Eagles battled back from a 6-3 halftime deficit, scoring seven unanswered goals in the second half to earn the 10-7 victory.
The game began with the two teams trading goals to the score of 2-2, when Siena pulled away with three-straight markers courtesy of Michelle Eide, Claire Devine and Dana Sherrer. Stephanie Petruccelli and Devine made up put away the Siants' first two points of the afternoon. Niagara freshman Jennifer Parks put Niagara back on the board at 7:53 with her season's 11th goal, but Siena's Christina Pampalone scored off a free position shot at 4:08, giving the Saints the 6-3 halftime lead.
Siena extended its lead to the biggest of the day at 29:11 of the second half, as Sherrer put the Saints ahead 7-3.
That goal would be the last for Siena, as Niagara finished the game with seven straight. The streak began with two goals from junior Ashley Baker, who also gathered four assists in the game. Freshman Kathryn Kenneally tallied her second goal of the contest at 16:47 before Parks tied the game at 13:14.
With 7:34 remaining in regulation, freshman Lindsay Hamann scored what would eventually become her team-leading third game-winning goal.
Junior Rachel Jones and senior Kelly Barber added goals at 6:35 and 0:56, respectively, giving the Purple Eagles their sixth consecutive win over Siena in the eight-game all-time series.
Mary-Elizabeth Dupelle made five saves in the net for Siena.
Niagara junior goalie Michelle Nucci made 13 saves in the contest, improving her season's save percentage to an even .500. After allowing a Siena goal at the 29:11 mark of the second half, the Plainview, N.Y., native held the Saints scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Siena will return to action and wrap-up regular season play, tommorrow against Canisius. Gamet-time is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.