March 13, 2005
Loudonville, NY-- Siena women's water polo team defeated Connecticut College and Queens College on Sunday afternoon, 12-5 and 18-4 respectively in the Saints home opener in the inaugural Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference / Collegiate Water Polo Association Crossover Invitational.
The Saints dominated the first game all the way. Freshman Caitlin Smith scored the opening goal for Siena after 39 seconds of play to knot the contest 1-1. At the start of the second quarter, Siena responded with a 3-0 run, to lead 4-2 at the break. From their on the team would never look back. Goalie Kaedy Graves blocked a shot from freshman Sarah Hartigan with 6:07 left to play. Sophomore Nicole Bourdeau revved the Saints offense igniting a 4-0 run connecting on 2/2, until Camels freshman Jenna Rosenwasser and senior teammate Mary Crowley scored back-to-back goals with :15 left to battle.
Siena put Connecticut College in their history books as the Saints claimed their first win over the Camels. The Saints received balanced scoring as five players scored goals, Caitlin Stamp played a perfect game scoring 2/2 while dishing two assists. "I was happy to see our 6-on-5 improve to 50% for a game; along with the balanced scoring", explained head coach Rob Swingle. "We are headed in the right direction as the season progress."
The Saints held the Camels scoreless in the second quarter and went on to claim a 12-5 win.
In game two against the Knights of Queens College, the Saints ended the first quarter on a 4-0 run, led by Smith who scored two goals back-to-back, followed by pool pals Shanna Allen who scored the third goal that came off with a full pool lob into the other net. Siena ended the first quarter on a comfortable 7-0 advantage.
Queens struggled to get shots off and turned the ball over numerous times on shot clock violations. In the second quarter, the Saints played tougher defense, only allowing one goal. Smith scored on a two-meter penalty shot as time expired giving Siena a 12-1 command.
The third quarter was all Siena again. Collectively, the team scored four goals while giving up two. Allen scored on a four-meter penalty shot in the middle of the third. The fourth quarter went back and fourth with Siena closing 2-1 over the Camels. The hat trick for the day came off a Stamp side-to-side shake and over a Knights head to go up 16-2. Siena's defense was intense the whole game.
Graves had many takeaways that gave Siena much possession time on offense, as she set a career record with five assists. Allen won 7-of-8 swim-offs.
The Saints (5-2) are now 2-0 all-time against the Queens. Siena narrowly edged the Knights just eight days ago in a 13-10 win. "We had a much closer game with Queens last weekend so it was a good step forward for us to play so well in this game. Our girls really improved their competitive focus this past week and it showed in the water today."
Siena returns to action on the road this Saturday, March 19th. They will face the University of Ottawa, Penn State Behrend and Colorado College in the Penn State Behrend Invite in Erie, PA. On March 20th, the Saints will face Utica College in a 12:40 p.m. swim-off.