Siena Water Polo concluded their opening weekend at the Bison Invite playing host Bucknell and Gannon. The first fell to Bucknell 11-4 and followed that up with a victory over Gannon 11-9.
“We started out today strong leading Bucknell at half time. We made them work for every goal, and they did the same,” said head coach Tamara Perea. “We couldn’t convert in the second half and our conditioning waned. Against Gannon, we came out with all we had. These Saints played and moved together as a unit on defense. Clare Bryar was a big part of that, and I trust in her leadership in the pool and on the scoreboard. Gannon gave us a run the whole game but the team held the line and shut down their primary offensive threat.”
Game One: Bucknell 11, Siena 4
Sophia Torres tallied a team-high two goals against Bucknell, while Diana Fernandez and Anna Borton added one. The Saints were tied 2-2 after the first period. Again following a strong second period, Siena led 4-3 at the half.
However, Bucknell then held the Saints scoreless in the second half and had eight unanswered goals to take the victory 11-4. Nichol Feldtz recorded eight saves in the matchup, while Clare Bryar had five of Siena’s seven steals.
Game Two: Siena 11, Gannon 9
Behind seven goals from Bryar, the Saints were able to pick up their first win of 2018 with an 11-9 win over Gannon. Diana Fernandez added three goals, while Anna Borton tallied one. After being tied 2-2 after one period played, the Saints trailed by one, 7-6 at the half.
Siena came out fighting in the second half and while the score was tied 9-9 after the third period, the Saints took control. Siena was able to score twice, once by Borton and one by Bryar while also holding Gannon scoreless to take the victory. The Saints will face Gannon next weekend at the Laker Invite in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Siena will travel back to Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 for the Laker Invite. The Saints face Mercyhurst on Saturday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m.