Oct. 14, 2012
The Siena Field Hockey team was just two minutes away from their first win of the season, but they could not hold on as Robert Morris scored late to tie the game; eventually winning in overtime.
"[The team] was disappointed at how close they were," head coach Kara Zappone said. "Coming so far this season and growing so much, they want it so bad."
The first half was dominated by Robert Morris (4-10, 1-2 NEC), as the Colonials outshot the Saints 18-2. However, just like throughout the season, Siena’s (0-11, 0-3 NEC) defense tightened up and this time did not allow a first half goal. The anchor of the defense was junior Beth Meyers who made 12 saves in the opening 35 minutes, moving into third on Siena’s all-time list.
Other members of the defense also stepped up. Katherine Bowie recorded a defensive save and Lindsay Mayo was instrumental in clearing many dangerous balls from Siena’s territory.
"They were just completely solid," Zappone said. "They kept calm, they kept organized...I couldn't have asked for much more from them."
In the second half, there was a sense that fate was on the side of Siena. The Saints were down two players because of penalties but regrouped nicely to avoid any damage until they were in even strength.
The fans started to feel the momentum as Siena looked for their first lead of the season. They would accomplish that in the 54th minute when Olivia Whelly deflected a pass from Cory dela Gorgendiere into the net for her second goal of the year. For the first time in 13 games, the Saints had a lead to protect.
For the next 14 minutes, Siena held Robert Morris off the scoreboard, but they could not hang on. With just under two minutes to play Jess Martin-Brown took a pass from Jamie Hartley and beat Meyers to tie the game at one.
The Saints had the first chance of overtime when Michaela Sullivan took a shot but it was barely saved by Erin McKenzie. The game would end when Martin-Brown tallied her second goal of the game collecting her own rebound, and breaking Siena’s upset bid.
For the game, Siena was outshot 31-6 and Meyers collected 19 saves while McKenzie recorded 3. The Colonials also had the advantage in penalty corners, registering 13 compared to Siena’s four.
The Saints will continue NEC play, as they embark on a three game road trip, starting off with conference, Rider on Friday October 19. That’s game will begin at 4:00 p.m.
"This game gave them more confidence," Zappone said. "They're just excited, they now expect more from themselves...waiting until Friday is going to be tough."