March 3, 2007
Moraga, CA - Abbie Coleman scored four goals and Jen Utley netted the game-winner in the first overtime to help the Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team post a 17-15 win over the Siena Saints on Saturday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The SMC win marks the first of the season for the Gaels, who improve SMC's record to 1-3 on the year, Siena falls to 0-2 on the year.
The Gael victory marked first-year head coach Lauren Uhr's first win at Saint Mary's. SMC's game against Siena was the third straight against a team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, in which the Gaels have a 1-2 record. SMC nearly defeated Canisius College a week ago, but the Gaels were defeated 14-12 after taking a 9-2 lead against the Griffins.
Siena jumped out to a 4-0 lead just four minutes into the game on four unassisted goals. Lindsey Rosecrans, who scored a game-high six goals in the contest, scored the first and fourth of the Siena run. The Gaels answered four of the next five goals to cut the deficit to 5-4 with just over 13:30 remaining in the first half. Coleman notched the first goal for the Gaels at the 25:37 mark, and after an Amber Lister goal and a goal by Siena, Coleman struck again at the 16:02 mark to cut the lead to 5-4. Utley scored the first of two goals at the 13:39 mark leaving the Gaels down by one.
Following a Siena goal by Christina Pampalone, SMC's Sonja Kapusta scored her first of three goals in the game, and then Maddie Marsh netted her first goal of the season to even the score at 6-6 with just under 10 minutes to play in the half. Siena's Lynn Harkins answered with back-to-back goals to open an 8-6 Saints lead, but Lister scored her second goal of the game to cut the deficit to 8-7 at the break.
Siena scored three of the first four goals in the second half to take an 11-8 lead, but Kapusta and Lister struck again to pull the Gaels within one. After Harkins scored her third of the game, SMC rallied for four straight goals to take a 14-12 advantage with just 2:24 left on the clock. Marsh and Colman scored the first two of the run, and Amy Daniels closed the rally with back-to-back goals.
Siena regained the lead at 15-14 before the end of regulation with two goals by Rosecrans and Amy Schoonmaker. After Rosecrans scored what looked like the game-winner with 46 seconds left, SMC's Coleman scored the equalizer on a free position goal with 25 ticks left on the clock.
In overtime, Utley scored on a free position goal with 14 seconds left in the first overtime period for the game-winning goals. P.J. Hainley's first goal came at the 1:49 mark of the final overtime period to give the Gaels a two-goal advantage.
Hilary Gardner played all 66 minutes in goal for the Gaels to pick up her first win of the season. Gardner collected a career-high 14 saves after facing 35 shots from the Saints. Heather Ely took the loss for Siena. SMC took 30 shots and Ely collected seven saves.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 10 when the Gaels host their fourth straight game against a MAAC opponent. That opponent will be the Iona Gaels in a 1 p.m. game from Saint Mary's Stadium.