Playoff Aspirations Shattered in Field Hockey Conference Finale
Oct. 28, 2002
Gina Chico provided all the scoring with a goal in each half as Monmouth (9-10/6-6 NEC) downed Siena (5-11/4-8 NEC) in a do-or-die Northeast Conference field hockey contest played in West Long Branch, N.J. Monday afternoon. With the win in the final NEC game played this season, the Hawks advance on to the four-team conference championships which they host beginning on Friday.
After nearly 25 minutes of scoreless play, Chico scored on a penalty stroke to break the ice. The stroke was awarded after Siena's Michelle Dorscheid was forced to kick the ball from the goal area. Chico beat Siena's Kristen Heyde with a shot in the top of the cage.
Chico's second tally came off a penalty corner and a set from teammate Megan Kinney. The Siena defense was slow in reacting to the designed play off the circle infraction.
The Saints had their chances, misfiring on seven shots and 13 corner chances. Carrie Colbert collected four saves and Heyde was up to the task with two stops for the Saints.
"We left it all on the field, but it's certainly disappointing," Head Coach Lynda Lareau said following the game. "Winning is a process, and the program is certainly headed in the right direction, we just wish hoped to have taken advantage of the opportunities we had down the stretch."
Siena has lost five straight games after positioning itself on the inside track to the conference tournament. The Saints have never qualified for the NEC Tournament, but return their entire offense next season.
The Saints will attempt to rebound from today's penultimate regular-season game on Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Lehigh at Siena Field.