Sep 7, 2013
Siena Field Hockey continues to show improvement following a narrow 2-1 defeat Saturday afternoon at Villanova. The Saints have been edged in each of their first two games by just a single goal in each contest.
Villanova (1-3) opened the scoring just four and a half minutes in when Lauren Wilson put back a rebound in front of the Siena cage. The assist was earned by freshman Kristen Mercile, her first collegiate point.
The Saints (0-2) challenged the Wildcats all game and answered back in the 13th minute. Sophomore Megan Meyers scored her first collegiate goal, tipping in a deflection from Megan Bohse.
But the Wildcats answered back, taking the lead for good as Courtney Devine scored what would ultimately be the final goal of the game coming early in the 21st minute.
Villanova narrowly out-shot Siena 11-10, but the Saints kept the pressure on throughout holding a 10-5 advantage in penalty corners to help fuel their offensive pressure.
Senior Beth Meyers gave a strong performance in goal, shutting down the Villanova pressure in the second half and made five saves for the game.
The Saints continue to improve as they prepare for their home opener next weekend. The Saints play Rutgers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at UAlbany before hosting Lock Haven in the home opener Sunday at noon at Siena Turf Field.