Bucknell Spoils Siena Field Hockey Debut 1-0
Aug. 30, 2003
Senior defender Kate Ruda's goal at the 18 minute mark of the first half was the difference in a defensive struggle the Saints found themselves on the short end of Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg, Pa. Junior goalie Kristen Heyde was solid in goal all afternoon compiling 10 saves for Siena, but the early tally would hold up in a 1-0 non-conference win for Bucknell.
Although Bucknell stifled Siena for much of the game, keeping the ball in the Siena end or the neutral zone most of the afternoon, the Saints did have their scoring chances, the most threatening of which came in the game's final moments. Senior forward Lacee Iselo was the Saints' top attacker Saturday afternoon, with four of the team's seven shots, including one that nearly tied the game as the clock ticked down. Bucknell's Liz Jordan, who collected a four-save shutout in her first season as the Bison's top goal keeper, made a fine sliding save on Iselo's chance with just over three minutes left in the contest.
Ruda's goal was one of four shots she took in the first half and five for the game, but sophomore forward Kirsten Nilsen was Bucknell's top attacker with eight shots on the day. Heyde, however was brilliant in the cage and turned each of those opportunities away. Sophomore midfielder Carli Cataldo had a chance at a penalty stroke for the Bison in the first half, but again was unable to convert.
The Saints return to action Tuesday, September 2 with a 6 p.m. game at Holy Cross.