The Siena field hockey team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Holy Cross Crusaders on Siena Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon in the 2012 home opener. The loss brings the Saints record to 0-2 while the Crusaders improve to 1-3.
"We played really hard. We definitely stepped up a little bit from last week. We learned a lot and we put it to our advantage and used it," Coach Kara Zappone said. "What we need to continue to do moving forward is creating more attack. We settled down our defense quite a bit."
The two teams played evenly in the first half until Carly Grimaudo dribbled past her defender and found the back of the net.
Siena had their best chance with 19 minutes remaining in the second half when Megan Bohse fired a shot that was on target but it was blocked and Siena was turned away.
The Crusaders would put the game out of reach late in the second half when Emily Allen fired a shot in front of the goal that sailed past Beth Meyers.
In total, Holy Cross out shot Siena 11-1 while also having a 5-2 advantage in corners. Meyers had six saves for the Saints while Kat Matchett did not record a stop.
"Going forward we just need to get our mentality and know we can score some goals," Zappone said. "We just need to do it and prove to everyone that it can be done."
Siena will not return home until Oct. 12 when they take on Saint Francis. The squad's next game will be Thursday Sept. 13 when they face Pacific at the University of New Hampshire.