Aug. 30, 2012
Junior goalie Beth Meyers recorded a program record 30 saves against Colgate, but it was not enough as the Siena College field hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to start off the 2012 campaign. It was also the first game of head coach Kara Zappone's reign as a Saint.
Colgate (1-2) came out firing, but Meyers was up for the challenge as she recorded four quick saves. The Raiders would get on the board, however, after Halle Biggar scored off a rebound five minutes into the game.
The Saints (0-1) would later surrender back-to-back goals in the span of a minute to stretch the deficit to 3-0. Colgate would not look back as they went on to score two more times including another tally by Biggar to eventually take the victory 5-1.
"They put us under a lot of pressure. It put us on our heels," said Zappone. "It took us some time to get used to."
Siena would record their first goal of the season in the second half as senior Olivia Whelly touched net from a pass by Katherine Bowie to inch the Green and Gold closer by a 5-1 margin.
Meyers, who led the nation in saves per game last season, recorded 18 of her record breaking number in the first half. Her 30 saves ties her for the 29th most in a NCAA Division I game and were the most since 2004.
"She's a wall and a rock for us in the back," said Zappone. "She stayed focused the whole way through."
In the second half, Siena found their momentum as they recorded all six of their shots including shots on goal from Megan Bohse and Michaela Sullivan.
The Saints, who were outshot 46-6 in the season opener, look to rebound Wednesday as they welcome Holy Cross to Loudonville. It will be the first home game of the 2012 season for Siena.