Oct. 25, 2009
Senior Day Photos
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Kristin McGorty scored just over two minutes into overtime to propel the Siena field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Sunday at Siena Turf Field. Prior to the game, the Saints honored graduating seniors McGorty, Caroline Hunnewell and Andrea Caso in a Senior Day ceremony.
Sacred Heart (2-15, 1-5) struck just over six minutes into the game when Kelsey Zeyher fired home a shot from the top right of the circle to give the Pioneers the early lead.
But the Saints (4-12, 2-4) answered back minutes later when Hunnewell deflected in a shot from McGorty to even the score at one all. The assist was the ninth of her career for McGorty, who moved into a tie for second place on the all-time career assists list.
Both teams battled through the remainder of regulation but neither could cash in. Sacred Heart had its best chance with just over six minutes remaining when Dana Luhrs blasted a shot that beat Siena goalie Renee Clavette, but defender Rachelle Grover was there to back her up and make a key defensive save.
Seconds later the Pioneers' Jessica Garcia's penalty stroke beat Clavette, but clanged off the inside of the near post and trickled out. The Saints would get their chance when they were awarded a pair of short corners with time already expired but could convert neither, thus sending the game to overtime.
Siena wasted no time in the extra session as just over two minutes in, McGorty proved to be the hero, deflecting in a pass from Sarah Szewczyk to give the Saints the dramatic victory in the team's Division I single-season program-record fifth overtime contest.
The win snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Pioneers dating back nine years to the 2000 season. Additionally, the victory was the Saints' fourth of the year at home, tying the single-season record for most home victories since the program moved to the Division I ranks in 1993.
Siena held a 17-14 edge in shots and 14-8 advantage in short corners. McGorty finished with a game-high three points, giving her 31 for her career and moving her into a tie for eighth with Cindy Subik '95 on the all-time scoring list.
Kim Stow made five saves in defeat for Sacred Heart as did Renee Clavette for Siena. With five saves Sunday, Clavette moved into second place on the all-time career saves list with 454.
The Saints return to action Friday at Rider. Game time is set for 4 p.m.