Iona 19

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Siena 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003

1 2 3 4 T
IONA 10 6 0 319
SIE 0 7 7 014

Iona 19, Siena 14

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Dennis Calacione caught two touchdown passed from quarter Billy Brieden, and Frank Meade stopped a late drive with an interception with 20 seconds to play as Iona beat Siena 19-14 Saturday.

The Saints (0-1) tried to mount a comeback from a 16-7 halftime deficit. Siena's Dan Smacchia forced a fumble that Brandon Matano recovered and returned for an 82-yard touchdown to cut Iona's lead to 16-14.

The Gaels (1-0) began the fourth quarter with its final scoring drive capped by Spencer Callahan's 27-yard field goal that brought Iona to 19-14. The Saints stopped Iona on its next two possessions before gaining the ball at its own 12-yard line with 2:41 to play.

Christian Karolus began to lead the Saints down the field, driving to the Iona 32-yard line with back-to-back passes to Pat McCormack. The Saints' rally attempt came to an end on the next play as Meade picked off a pass by Karolus at the Iona 3-yard line with 20 seconds to play.

Smacchia had 17 tackles to lead all defensive players.

Karolus completed 10 of 17 passes for 134 yards and one interception. McCormack led all Siena receivers with six catches for 55 yards.