Iona College Wins Siena First Invitational, Gaels Perfect 4-0
April 4, 2005
Loudonville, NY-- Iona College women's water polo team won the 2005 Siena Invitational with a semifinal win over Maryland and a championship game win vs. MAAC rival Marist. The Gaels (7-2) swept through the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record Sunday afternoon.
Solid defensive efforts earned Iona the championship berth. The Gaels topped the University of Maryland, 4-3, in their final "B" bracket match-up setting up the final match with Marist. Junior Megan Hansen scored all four goals for the Gaels in the win. Hansen drew four ejections and scored on Iona's lone four-meter attempt. Senior Kim Trebon assisted on Hansen's other three goals while also drawing three ejections.
Host Siena finished in 7th place as they defeated Queens College 8-6. In the win, junior Shanna Allen set a season high seven assists and poured in five goals, good for 12 points the game. Sophomore Caitlin Stamp showed of her offense pounding the back of the net on three for three shooting including converting a penalty shot in the 3rd quarter. The Saints scored a season high seven points in a quarter to secure the win. "Our consistent pressure on defense in the second quarter really broke the game open. We never looked back after that" said head coach Rob Swingle.
In the loss to St. Francis, each team exchanged shots, until the Saints made a run in the 3rd quarter to cut it to a 4 - 3. The Terriers responded with four goals to pick up an 8-6 win. For the Terriers, Megan Husak was excluded in the 2nd quarter for misconduct, which allowed the Saints to put up three goals in the third quarter. "This was a good game for us, it showcased how far we've come as a program against an opponent", echoed Swingle.
Freshman Caitlin Smith poured in a weekend high 15 goals off of 41 shots. Smith currently leads the Saints with 52 goals.
Saints goalie Kaedy Graves barred 43 shots.
The Saints will travel to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY for a doubleheader to take on St. Francis at 10:00 a.m. where they look to avenge an 8-6 loss followed by a game against Wagner at 2:30 p.m.