Oct. 21, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Quinnipiac's Jennifer Kintchla scored on a rebound attempt with just over ten minutes remaining to knock off Siena Field Hockey 2-1 this afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, the Saints concluded conference play with a 1-6 NEC record in 2007.
Quinnipiac (4-14, 2-4 NEC) broke open the scoring with a goal midway through the first half. On a penalty corner, the Bobcats' Bonnie Shea took a pass from teammate Anne Marie Mangano and dribbled through the Siena defense to give Quinnipiac the early 1-0 lead.
The Saints (2-11, 1-6 NEC) would prove to be resilient, netting the equalizer early in the second half. Sophomore Kristin McGorty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay) fired a hard shot from just inside the circle which found the back of the cage to nod the score at one. For McGorty, it marked her team leading third goal of the season.
The teams would then play equally for the next fifteen minutes until Kintchla's rebound attempt got by Saints goalkeeper Jennifer Tesak (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) for the game winning tally. Despite the setback, Tesak proved to be solid between the pipes netting twelve saves in the second half alone.
Quinnipiac held a 29-11 shots advantage for the game, including a 14-5 edge in penalty corners. The Saints goalkeeping tandem of Tesak and Renee Clavette (Danville, N.H./Timberland), who played the first half, proved to be outstanding as they combined for 16 saves on the afternoon.
"We played a good game today," remarked Head Coach Bill Davidson. "We are continuing to make adjustments and players are beginning to step up."
The Saints will conclude the 2007 regular season next Sunday in a non-conference battle at Cornell. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Ithaca.