LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Brittany Pfaff is on an historic tear. The captain twice brought the Saints back from late deficits and completed her first career hat trick with the golden goal in double overtime as Siena rallied past Vermont 3-2.
Pfaff has now tallied nine goals in her first eight matches of the season and has already amassed a whopping 22 points. With another huge day, she moved into sole possession of sixth place on Siena’s (4-4) all-time goals list (23) and third for game-winning goals (eight).
In the 104th minute, Pfaff headed in a corner from Anna Grant for her second golden goal of the season to send the Saints to their seventh straight win over Vermont (2-5).
Trailing 1-0 most of the match following a Catamounts goal in the fifth minute, Pfaff knotted the score in the 74th minute. But the tie was short-lived as pesky Vermont went back on top just 2:26 later.
But Pfaff and the Saints would not be denied as she tied the score on final time in the 81st minute. Pfaff finished a free kick from freshman Tara Sobierajski who assisted on each of her first two tallies.
Both teams had their chances throughout as the squads combined for 49 shots – 22 of which were on target. Schenectady native Erin Kelly made six saves for her first collegiate win for the Saints, while her counterpart Ally Ramos stopped 11 shots for UVM. Caitie Green scored both of Vermont’s goals.
But the story once again was Pfaff who has either scored or assisted on 13 of the Saints’ 14 goals this fall. Not even at the halfway point yet of the Saints’ 18-match regular season schedule, Pfaff already has scored both the 10th most points and goals in a single season in program history.
With the win, Siena snaps a three-match losing streak and completes non-conference play with a .500 or better record for the fifth time in the past six seasons. The Saints open their 22nd season of MAAC competition Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Rider.