LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - With the game on the line late, the Saints received the goal they needed thanks to two of the most unlikely of heroes. Freshmen Danielle Christiano and Maria Jones, who had played just 74 collegiate minutes combined entering today, hooked up for the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute as Siena slipped past Saint Peter's 2-1.
With the game tied at 1-1, Jones, who had subbed into the contest just six minutes earlier, made a nifty pass to Christiano, who had just entered three minutes previously. At the top of the box with her back to the goal, Jones established possession and passed to the right to Christiano who lofted the ball just over the goalie and inside the post.
It was the first collegiate points for both players.
The goal stood up as the Saints' (7-4, 2-2) shut the door to capture their 13th straight home win. Additionally, Siena improved to a perfect 13-0 against Saint Peter's (1-11-1, 0-4) since Steve Karbowski became head coach.
After blasting Manhattan Friday to the tune of 5-0, it appeared early on the Saints would cruise again. After failing to score just 20 seconds earlier, Ashleigh Barone would get another chance in the third minute.
The Saints made some nice passes as Lisa Valenziano fed Lindsay Tegas down the left who led in Barone down the middle. Barone corralled possession and beat the keeper far post for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
With the goal, Barone, who is already the program's all-time leading scorer, moved to just a single point away from 100 for her brilliant career.
But after Barone's early tally, the Saints failed to put away the pesky Peahens. In the 18th minute Saint Peter's back Maria Tommasini sent in a beautiful long ball over the Siena defense that Emily Fenice tracked down and flicked over Laura Ettinger to tie the match.
It would be the only blemish of the weekend against Ettinger who recovered strong and stymied the Peahens in the closing minutes to preserve the win.
Siena out-shot Saint Peter's 16-10 and held a 7-2 edge in corners.
The Saints, which recently concluded a three-game road trip last weekend, embark on another three-game trip beginning Tuesday. Siena closes out non-conference play with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Harvard.