Oct. 28, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena's Andrea Caso (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) and Anne Linley (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Regional) each notched a goal in the final game of the season, but it was not enough to overcome a balanced Cornell attack in a 4-2 Big Red non-conference victory this afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell Head Coach Donna Hornibrook recorded her 200th career victory in the win.
The Big Red (9-7) opened the scoring in the ninth minute off of a Belen Martinez goal on a penalty corner. The lead was short-lived however as the resilient Saints tallied the equalizer three minutes later.
Following a save by Cornell goalkeeper Lizzie Goldblatt on a shot from Siena senior Emily Winslow (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Schroeder),the sophomore Caso sent in the rebound by the out sprawled Big Red goalie. For Caso, it was her third goal of the season, tying her with fellow sophomore Kristin McGorty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./John Jay) for the overall team lead.
Cornell fought back though, scoring two late goals by Abbi Horn and Catie DeStio right before the half to take a 3-1 lead entering intermission.
In the second half the Saints came out with an offensive surge peppering Goldblatt with shot after shot before Linley was able to fire one by her on a rebound attempt for the senior's second goal of the season.
Siena continued to fight hard down the stretch but could get the deficit no closer than a goal as the Big Red added a late tally to hold on for a two goal triumph.
Cornell held a 25-7 shots advantage including a 10-2 mark in penalty corners. Junior goalie Renee Clavette (Danville, N.H./Timberland) was solid between the pipes all game long for Siena, registering a season high 14 saves in defeat.
Following the conclusion of the game, the six Siena seniors put together the following statement for their fans:
"Despite the outcome of the game, we are very proud of the improvements we have made throughout the season. We are a different team now then when we started four years ago and we are privileged to have been a part of it. It's been an honor to have been part of the field hockey program and we hope the team will only go forward from here. We're very excited and glad we were part of this season with all the new things that happened (new coach, field). Even though we didn't get a chance to see our hard work translate into wins, we are looking forward to the future of this program."
With the loss, the Saints concluded the 2007 season with a 2-12 record for the second consecutive year. Despite the graduation of six stellar seniors, Siena will return its top two goal scorers in Caso and McGorty and goaltending tandem in rising seniors Clavette and Jennifer Tesak (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) as they take aim at an NEC Championship in 2008.