March 21, 2005
ERIE, Pa--The Siena women's water polo team fell to Maryland, 12-5, to finish the Penn State-Behrend Invitational with a 2-2 record on the weekend. The Saints defeated host Penn, 8-7 and Colorado College, 11-0, but fell to Ottawa, 9-4 on the first day of the tournament.
Siena (7-4) was led by Caitlin Smith with 13 goals, which accounted for the Saints offense over the four game span. In the first contest against Ottawa, Siena held a 4-3 advantage, but collapsed in the third quarter where they were held scoreless. "We are really struggling in the third quarter this season so far. It's frustrating to see a lead slip away", said head coach Rob Swingle." Shanna Allen added a goal in the loss.
In game two, Siena took on host PSU-Behrend where both teams were held scoreless for seven minutes of play, the Lions drought came in the first quarter in front of a boisterous crowd of fans, while the Saints hardship came in the fourth quarter. In the final seconds, PSU scored at the end of the 3rd quarter with 21 seconds on the game clock cutting the Siena lead to 2 goals, the Saints scored the game winner on a set play to bring the lead back to three goals and held on for the one goal victory. In the win, freshman Kaedy Graves set a season record with 11 saves. Allen put up three goals, while Smith added two. Anne Lafex and Jeanette Ogren each added a goal. "Anytime you can go in to someone else's pool and get a win, it is a good thing" Swingle said.
Siena got off to a slow start offensively against Colorado College, as only one goal was scored in the first quarter, but all the changed, the Saints put together an impressive run to claim an 11-0 win. The Saints defense blanked the Tigers in the invitational third game; the Saints claimed an 11-0 win, where Graves recorded her first shutout. Allen and Smith combined for four goals followed by LaFex and Ogren with one a piece.
In the final game against Maryland, Siena scored on a controversial 4-meter call against the Terps goalie in the 2nd quarter which Smith converted for a 3 - 2 Saints lead, the Terps responded to knot the game was tied 3-3 midway through the second quarter, but they went on a 3-0 run to close out the half, taking a 6-3 lead into halftime, and never looked back. Maryland shut out Siena in the third quarter while scoring six more goals to extend the lead to 12-3. The Terps were blanked in the fourth frame while allowing two Saints' goals, which brought the final score to 12-5. In the game, Allen drew four ejections.
Graves recorded 35 saves, Allen was 16/16 in swim-offs and Lauren Earl dished out three assists.
Upon returning from spring break, the Saints will host the Siena Invitational where eight teams will compete on April 2-3, 2005.