First-Half Onslaught Buries Saints
Oct. 21, 2011
For 15 minutes on Friday, Siena field hockey played NEC foe Quinnipiac even. Goal-scoring opportunities abounded, and the Saints hung right with a team they had not topped since 2000. However, the Bobcats swiped back with a barrage of four goals in 16 minutes and rode the resulting wave of momentum to a 6-1 victory at Siena Turf Field.
Siena (0-16, 0-5 NEC) wasn't without its chances in the first 35 minutes. The Saints totaled nine short corners in the first half, and fired 12 of their 17 shots on the day in that span as well. Their lone goal of the game, though, came after the damage was done, as junior Kelly Johansmeyer scored her third goal of the season in the 34th minute off freshman Katherine Bowie's fourth assist of the year.
Johansmeyer's goal made it 4-1 at the half, but the Saints would get no closer. Quinnipiac (9-7, 3-2 NEC) scored twice in the second half off two Kimberly Cunniff goals, resulting in the final score.
The Saints did make some history Friday afternoon, though. Sophomore goalkeeper Beth Meyers tallied 14 saves, making her the third Siena net-minder to record 200 or more saves in a season. With 205 saves through 16 games, she is now ten saves away from Siena's single-season program record of 215 (held by Renee Clavette '10) with two games remaining.
Siena goes on the road Sunday, taking on Sacred Heart in their final road game of the 2011 season.