April 2, 2005
Loudonville, NY-- The Siena women's water polo team dropped their first two matches to Mercyhurst, 6-1 and MAAC foe Marist, 11-7 on Saturday afternoon in the Saints First Annual Invitational that featured seven teams competing in two matches each on the day.
The Saints were unable to overcome the Lakers' 3-0 halftime lead. Siena's freshman Caitlin Smith scored the Saints lone goal in the final quarter. Mercyhurst put the game away scoring two goals in the fourth quarter, to swim away with a 6-1 win. Goalie Kaedy Graves snatched a season high 16 saves in the game. "The lack of competition in the last two weeks was really apparent for us. We really looked rusty in that first half", said head coach Rob Swingle.
Against Marist, the Saints were able to get on the board in each quarter, falling 11-7. Smith was unstoppable in the nets connecting on six consecutive goals. Smith also picked up her third ejection, forced to sit out most of the fourth quarter. Shanna Allen picked up the offense to score one goal in the fourth quarter. "Even in this loss, I am pleased with our efforts. We played Marist 15 - 5 in the fall in what was not really a close game so this loss was a nice improvement for us" Swingle said.
Both Smith and Katie Swanson swam excellent in the 2-meters.
For the Saints, Allen won 7-of-8 swim offs and dished out four assists.
Siena faces St. Francis at 9:10 am, followed by an afternoon match-up in the championship round.