Oct. 31, 2003
Lawrenceville, N.J. - NEC Player of the Year Christina Ang scored two goals to lead Rider (14-4) past Siena (3-13) in the semifinals of the NEC Tournament Friday morning in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Broncs out-shot Siena 23-5 in a convincing 4-0 victory over the upset-minded Saints.
Courtney Bertos started the scoring 28 minutes into the game off a double assist from a penalty corner. Katie Conlon centered the corner pass to Ally Hunter who dropped the ball to Bertos. Bertos fired a shot that beat Siena's Kristen Heyde and proved to be the game-winner. Heyde was solid, though overworked, in the cage, collecting 10 saves on the 23 Rider shots.
The score was just 1-0 at the half, despite Rider holding an 11-1 edge in shots. Ang scored her first goal nine minutes after the intermission off a Bertos feed. That goal opened the floodgates, as Rider quickly struck for an insurance tally, again off a penalty corner, less than three minutes later. Ashley Bolden found the back of the cage on this occasion, again taking advantage of the rare double assist immediately following a penalty corner. Conlon's centering pass was received by Maddy Boulden, who set the ball for sister Ashley to account for the Broncs' third tally.
Ang's final goal came in the 68th minute following a pass from Meaghan Schweers to eliminate any doubt as to the outcome.
Five different Siena players collected single shots and Kate Karoglanian, McKenna Smith and Carly Demartis were the only three Saints who notched shots on goal, as Krysta Bearish logged a three-save shutout for the victors.
Rider advances to the NEC Championship game, to be contested on their home field Sunday afternoon. Siena, which was making its first postseason appearance, sees its season end at 3-13.