Siena opened up their play at the Harvard Invitational with RV Brown defeating the Saints 7-5.
“The team played a solid four quarter of water polo,” said head coach Tamara Perea. “We really need to start winning that third quarter though. That’ll help us separate from the opposition and allow us to pull away when we play our fourth quarter, which is arguably the best part of our game. That game was a lot different than the last time we played Brown, and I’m proud of the girls for getting after them. Can’t count us out!”
Following a strong first quarter from both teams the score was tied 0-0 as utility player, Kristen Burger, started in net for the Saints. It would be a battle of defense for the two squads as combined they two teams registered 43 shots.
Siena found their way to the scoreboard first with Diana Fernandez’s only goal of the game for a 1-0 lead. Brown then tallied the next two goals in the frame, but Clare Bryar tallied her first goal of the night to leave the score tied 2-2 at half.
Brown took the lead coming out of halftime, but Bryar again would tie it up on a power play with an assist from Anna Borton. The Bears would lead 4-3 with one quarter to play. Siena would tally two more goals in the final frame, both on power plays, but Brown would edge the Saints with three goals to take the win 7-5.
Bryar led Siena with three points, one ejection drawn and three steals. Burger tallied eight saves in the loss.
Siena will face #21 Harvard and the University of Toronto on Sunday, March 4 to conclude play at Harvard.