Siena Water Polo began their 2018 campaign on Saturday at the Bison Invite hosted by Bucknell with two losses. In the first game of the day, George Washington bested Siena 18-9. St. Francis (PA) took the second game over Siena 12-10.
“The team played hard and executed the plays we’ve been working through,” said first year head coach Tamara Perea. “We are playing as a team. Fundamentally, we still have work to do. We had too many opportunities go by the wayside both games, but the game against SFU was across the board a way better indication of what this team is made of. I’m very proud of how this team is coming together.”
Game One: George Washington 18, Siena 9
In Siena’s season opener, the Saints fell 18-9 to George Washington but found three Saints on offense. Senior captain Clare Bryar led the way with five points coming off of four goals and one assist. Diana Fernandez added three goals and one assist along with three exclusions drawn. Freshman Anna Borton tallied her first career goal for the Saints in the fourth period.
George Washington started the game off with a goal, but the Saints quickly followed that up with one of their own by Fernandez. Siena was able to keep it close but George Washington scored five unanswered goals to lead 8-2 in the second period. Siena followed up with three goal of their own, but George Washington would not quit and continued to add on holding an 18-8 victory at the end of the game.
Nichol Feldtz played her first collegiate match in goal for Siena and picked up three saves.
Game Two: St. Francis (PA) 12, Siena 10
In the second game of the Bison Invite, the Saints came out fighting and fell in a slim margin 12-10 to St. Francis (PA). Seven different Saints scored in the contest with Fernandez tallying three goals. Kristen Burger, Sophia Torres and Lauren Howe all tallied their first collegiate goals for Siena. Fernandez also notched four exclusions drawn.
Following the first period the Red Flash led by just one, 5-4, as the Saints fought hard to pick up a victory in the opening day. Both teams tallied three goals a piece in the second period which kept St. Francis (PA) ahead 8-7 at the half. Again in the third period, Siena and St. Francis (PA) both tallied two goals a piece, which kept the Red Flash just out of reach. In the final period the Red Flash outscored the Saints 2-1, with Siena’s Torres scoring the goal with just under a minute to play. St. Francis (PA) would come away with the win 12-10.
Feldtz tallied five saves and four steals in the game. Her four steals was a game-high.
The Saints continue their time at the Bison Invite on Sunday, February 11 when they take on invite host Bucknell at 11 a.m. followed by Gannon at 2:30 p.m.