April 24, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, NY - The Siena women's lacrosse team saluted the teams four seniors with an easy win over the Golden Griffs from Canisius with a 14-6 win this afternoon. Sophomores Christina Pampalone (East Northport, NY) and Michelle Eide (Pearl River, NY) led the way for Siena with five goals each, while receiving offense from four other players.
Siena gained the early advantage with a goal from Pampalone just three minutes into the game, the Griffs tacked on one from Erica Nasca to knot the game 1-1 with 23:55 left to play. Nasca finished the day leading the Griffs with three goals.
Lynn Harkins (Bellmore, NY) added a goal off a free position shot. Two minutes later, Eide tacked on two unassisted goals at the 15:12 mark to give the Saints a lead they would not relinquish. Senior Karla Gudgel (Webster, NY) scored off a pass from Harkins who dished out two helpers to make it 6-3. Pampalone and Nikki Burger both netted a goal, to give the Saints an 8-4 lead at the break.
Siena's next five goals came in a four and a half minute stretch during the second half. Alana Chan managed to snap the Saints two goal streak off a free position shot to pull the Griffs with in five, 10-5. Siena cruised the rest of the way as Pampalone and Eide each added two more to set the final score, 14-6.
The Saints defense played well, allowing just 15 shots and forcing 17 turnovers. Bethany Zimmer (Skaneateles, NY) stopped five shots and allowed six goals. The Griffs were outshot 34-15, and the Saints owned a 44-22 advantage in ground balls. Canisius goalkeeper Rasheeda Brenton made seven saves.
Siena finishes the regular season with a winning record for the first time in school history. The Saints set school, team and individual records. The Saints awaits an opponent in the MAAC Championship which is hosted by Fairfield University. Play begins April 29.