Field Hockey Shows Improvements in 3-1 Loss

Smith scores her first goal of the season

Sept. 16, 2012

Final Stats

Although the record might not show it yet, the Siena field hockey team has been improving each and every time they take the field. "It's been a 180 since we started this preseason," head coach Kara Zappone said. "They are motivated and listening to everything coach May and I are teaching.

The Saints dropped a 3-1 decision to Saint Joseph on Sunday, their second straight game where they have scored a goal. Saint Joseph (2-5) struck first early in the second half when Jordan Cotter touched net for the second time this year. Almost one minute later, Siena (0-4) tied it up when Jessica Smith gathered up a loose ball and found the back of the cage for her first goal of the season. It was also the first time that the Saints have been tied in the second half this season.

Siena had a chance to take their first lead of the year but Michaela Sullivan's shot was saved by Kara Mitchell. Saint Joseph would take the lead for good when Jordan Martin would score back-to-back goals, both off penalty corners, less than one minute apart.

For the game, Siena targeted six of their seven shots on goal, while 29 attempts for the Hawks. Beth Meyers finished with one save in 35 minutes, while freshman Mary Drabich, playing in her first collegiate game, recorded eight saves, all in the second half.

"We improved on a lot this week. Our intensity picked up and we played hard for all 70 minutes. Our skills really came together," Zappone said.

Siena continues their month long road trip Sept. 19 against UC Davis. The game will be played at the University of Hofstra and is scheduled for an 11 A.M. start.