Oct. 6, 2012
Defending MAAC Champion Marist out-shot Siena 35-8 and attempted 10 corners but needed a decisive tally from Amanda Epstein in the 73rd minute to overcome the Saints 2-1 Saturday night in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Sophomore keeper Taylor Booth had a tremendous performance, keeping the Saints alive thanks to a career-high 11-save effort.
Booth held Marist (9-5, 3-0) at bay for the first 69 minutes, making nine saves during that time. Siena (5-7, 1-2) also recorded a team save in the 52nd minute, stopping a Marissa Mertens header.
But the Red Foxes finally broke through to open the scoring as the teams would score all three of the matches' goals in a 3:21 span. Rycke Guiney broke the stalemate, finishing a cross from Epstein.
The resilient Saints responded just over a minute later when freshman Michelle Yanniello netted her first collegiate goal. Reigning MAAC and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Caitlin Cahalan threaded the needle through the Marist defense to Yanniello who finished in close. With her fourth assist in the past three games, Cahalan has broken the program's all-time record for career assists with 19.
But the scoring flurry would conclude in Marist's favor as Epstein tallied the game-winner two minutes later. Booth saved Melanie Rigo's blast from 30 yards out, but the rebound found Epstein who headed it in.
Following a season long four-game road trip which included their first three MAAC matches being played on the road, the Saints finally return home Friday. Siena welcomes Iona to Siena Field for a 4 p.m. kickoff in the conference home opener.