March 6, 2005
Oneonta, NY -- The Siena women's water polo team finished the weekend with a 2-1 record at the Hartwick Invitational in Oneonta, NY. The 15th-ranked Hartwick College women's water polo finished with a 3-0 record on Saturday at Moyer Pool.
The Saints (3-2) opened the invite with a win against Utica College (0-3), 15-2 and Queens College (1-2), 13-10 before being edged by host Hartwick. The Hawks and the Saints each had a 2-0 record heading into the nightcap. The lone loss came against the Hartwick, 20-1 in the invite finale, handing the Saints their worse deficit in program history.
In the loss to last season NCAA final four participant Hartwick, Shanna Allen scored the only goal for the Saints. Freshman goalie Kaedy Graves notched five saves in the defeat. "This was a great game for our athletes to play. I was really happy with how we competed and never gave up, especially in the first quarter", said head coach Rob Swingle. Allen drew three ejections in the contest.
Allen scored eight goals, Caitlin Smith chipped in with four while teammates Jeanette Ogren and Nicole Bourdeau added three goals. Anne Lafex and Lauren Earl rounded out the Saints with their season first score in the victory against Utica. The Saints toughened their defense against UC only allowing six shots on goal defensively for the entire game. "UC is a team we could barely beat last year. This was a nice win for us, it shows how far we've come thus far in the season," said Swingle.
Stamp made her splash against Queens as she scored her first goal of the season, behind Allen four and Boudreau three to defeat Queens 13-10 in a highly officiated contest. Queens Olga Krassilhikova was stunned by the Saints defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters as the Saints preserved their advantage. "I was amazed at how tightly the game was called. It really affected the team mentally," stressed Swingle.
The Saints dished out 26 assists and snatched 40 steals. Graves amassed 13 saves to pick up her third win of the season.
The Saints will be in action again next weekend as they play their first home contest against Connecticut College and Queens College on Sunday, March 13 in the MAC pool.