Field Hockey Drops Opener, 3-0
Aug. 31, 2004
Christina Zorzi finished a flurry of activity in front of the Siena cage with what turned out to be the game-winning goal seven minutes into the second half of Holy Cross' 3-0 win over Siena in non-conference field hockey action in Worcester Tuesday evening. Siena's Kristen Heyde made 14 saves to make things interesting, but the Saints ultimately dropped their first decision of the season.
Holy Cross controlled the action from the start, peppering the Siena cage with 26 shots on the night. Siena's lone scoring chance came in the second half, trailing 1-0, as the Crusaders' Sony Kuhn came out of the cage to turn away Traci Baldwin's breakaway opportunity.
The game was scoreless at the intermission despite the Crusaders holding an 8-0 advantage in shots and a 6-0 edge in penalty corners. Heyde's heroics were the chief reason for the scoring drought, though Holy Cross did misfire on a pair of open cage opportunities. Lauren Mecchellla made a key defensive save in the second half to keep the score 1-0.
Tara Welch provided an insurance tally with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, beating Heyde stick side off a Jenna Cook feed. Cook scored the game's final goal on her game-high eighth shot of the night with just over five minutes remaining.
Heyde did more than her part in the first start of her fourth season. The Siena cageminder made several key stops on breakaways and uncontested opportunities to keep the game as close as possible.
Siena looks to even up its record September 8 against cross-town rival UAlbany.