Oct. 1, 2004
Kristin McCarthy took a Jill DiSanti pass from the top of the circle following a penalty corner and rifled the ball past Siena's Kristen Heyde providing what turned out to be the winning goal in Quinnipiac's 3-0 NEC win over Siena in Loudonville Friday afternoon. The two team's battled to a scoreless tie in an evenly matched first half, as the Saints played inspired field hockey against the defending conference champions before a vocal crowd of 150 on a splendid Friday afternoon.
Each team managed three shots before intermission, and Siena took a slim 3-2 edge in penalty corners to the lockerroom. The Saints controlled the ball for a good portion of the half, and had several opportunities inside the circle. Quinnipiac nearly got in the board at the 20:21 mark when Chelsea Osbrey fired a shot at an empty Siena cage. Defender Anne Linley alertly jumped in front of the offering to prevent the game's first tally. It was her first of two dramatic defensive saves on the afternoon.
Quinnipiac assumed control of the game from the onset of the second half, pressuring the Siena defense from the first whistle. McCarthy finally broke through after one of the Bobcats 12 corners. The ball was centered to the top of the circle, and she took the feed on the left side of the cage and beat Heyde stick side for the score. Heyde stopped five shots on the afternoon.
The Bobcats added some insurance at the 59:38 mark taking advantage of a Siena turnover. The Saints failed to clear the ball as they advanced from the outside of their own circle, and Amy Cundiff stole an errant pass and quickly found Jaime Cassesse breaking free toward the cage. Cassesse made a nifty move to avert one Siena defender and then had a clear path to the cage. The key goal gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. Just five minutes later Kristen McCarthy scored from 10-feet out following a hard shot from the top of the circle that ricocheted off Heyde's pads.
Lori Barletta had two shots for the Saints, including a second half chance that went just wide of the cage. Erin McKay made two saves in the cage to pick up the shutout for the visitors.
Quinnipiac controlled a 16-5 advantage in shots (13-2 in the second half) and a 12-6 (10-3 in second half) lead in penalty corners. Siena, now 1-7 on the season and 1-1 in the NEC, returns to action at Fairfield Sunday.