In a two-game day hosted by Marist, Siena Water Polo fell 12-7 to Hartwick and 13-7 to Brown.
“We came out strong in both games and we finished strong in both games,” said head coach Tamara Perea. “Hartwick is ranked 13th and we gave them all we had. Kristen Burger has really stepped up to the plate for us in goal, she made nine saves against Brown. But we are still working through the murky waters between what is takes to be great and being good enough. Another tough weekend in the books, but we do play Brown again at the Harvard Invite and we’ll be fresh for it.”
Game One: #13 Hartwick 12, Siena 7
Diana Fernandez and Clare Bryar led Siena with three points each. Fernandez tallied three goals, while Bryar recorded one goal and dished out two assists. Fernandez also drew four ejections and swiped the ball one, while Bryar led Siena with three swipes. Kristen Burger dished out an assist while also picking up seven saves in goal.
Hartwick came into the game quickly scoring the first four goals of the game between the first and second quarter. Siena was able to pick up their first goal of the game by Anna Borton to trail 4-1. At the half the score would favor Hartwick, 5-2.
Both Siena and Hartwick dropped two goals in the third quarter with Fernandez scoring off a power play. Hartwick would hold the advantage 7-4. The Saints rattled off three goals in the final frame, but Hartwick tallied five goals to take the victory 12-7.
Game Two: RV Brown 13, Siena 7
Bryar led the Saints with five points off of two goals and three assists, while Fernandez added two goals and two assists. Fernandez also tallied four ejections drawn for the second-straight game. Burger recorded nine saves in the net.
Daniella Fuertes opening up the scoring and following a Brown powerplay the score was tied 1-1. Bryar picked up her first goal of the game off a five meter to put Siena up 2-1. However, Brown would lead 5-3 after one quarter played.
The second quarter started off with each team tallying two goals to keep Brown ahead 7-5. Brown then rattled off three goals compared to Siena’s one to lead 10-6 at half. Siena was unable to score in the third quarter, but held Brown to just two goals for a 12-6 Siena deficit.
Each team tallied one goal in the final quarter, which pushed Brown ahead 13-7.
Siena will head to the Harvard Invite on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. The Saints will first take on Brown on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.