Water Polo Splits Play in Poughkeepsie

April 5, 2004

The Siena College women's water polo team split play Sunday at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., defeating Utica 7-4, before falling to Marist 14-0 in the final match-up. The Saints now stand at 2-7 on the season.

Siena rallied from an early deficit to defeat Utica College, 7-4, in game one.

Utica got off to a fast start, as Kelsey Schwilling netted a goal 59 seconds into the game, on a Libby LePinnet assist. LePinnet would make the score 2-0 Pioneers 36 seconds later, when she deposited a Jessica Keane pass in the back of the net.

The Saints answered quickly, scoring twice in a 12-second span to tie the game at 2-2, on goals by Anne LaFex and Erica Strien. Utica ended the first quarter with a Catherine Kelly goal for a 3-2 advantage.

Shanna Allen tallied a goal with 3:45 to play in the first half to tie the score 3-3, and that is where Strein took control of the game. She gave the Saints their first lead, one they would not surrender, with 1:06 to play, on an unassisted goal. Strein would score the only two goals of the third quarter, 5:57 and 2:55, to give the Saints a 6-3 advantage.

Utica kept the game close and scored with 3:58 to play, when Kelly tallied her second goal of the game, but could get no closer. Caitlin Stamp secured the win with a goal with 23 seconds to play.

Goaltending was the key for both teams. Jeannette Ogren entered the game with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter for the Saints and was nearly perfect the remainder of the way. She made eight saves, four in the crucial fourth quarter, while allowing just one goal. Julia Crouse made the start for Siena, allowing three goals, while making one save, in her 4:51 of action

Utica goalie Traey McConnellee was solid in her 28 minutes, making 11 saves, while allowing seven goals.



Siena out shot the Pioneers 31-20 in the contest.

In game two the Saints never managed to find the back of the net as Marist cruised to the 14-0 victory behind 10 first-half goals.

Eight different red foxes recorded tallies.

Marist outshot Siena, 32-19.

The Saints will again travel to Poughkeepsie N.Y. on thursday, this time facing St. Francis and Wagner.