In Siena Water Polo’s season finale, Iona defeated the Saints 17-9. Siena finished with five league wins to tie their most in program history.
“We fought hard all season,” said head coach Tamara Perea. “As a team, we made every opponent work for every goal scored against us. The girls played tenaciously against Iona today, like any other. We ended on a high note (despite the loss), our senior Clare Bryar scored the last goal of the game with one second left. For some teams, it's difficult once you're out of the playoffs to continue to play, not our team.”
Senior Clare Bryar led the Saints with five points coming off of three goals and two assists. She also led Siena with three steals. Kristen Burger led the Saints with four ejections drawn while adding a goal and an assist.
Iona started things off right away and held the Saints scoreless in the first quarter. The Gaels led 4-0 after one period played.
The Gaels led 7-0 before Anna Borton put the Saints on the board. After taking a 9-1 lead, Siena started to come back and scored back to back goals in the final minute to trail 9-3 at the half.
Diana Fernandez drew an ejection and then scored in the third period to help the Saints chip away at the Gaels lead, 10-4. Just as the Saints would score the Gaels were right behind with a goal on their end. While Siena tallied four goals in the third frame, Iona scored six to lead 15-7.
Siena continued to battle in their final game of the season and outscored the Gaels 4-2 in the final frame. While the Saints battled back it would not be enough and Siena would fall 17-9 in their season finale.
The Saints say goodbye to just one senior in Clare Bryar who finished her career with 232 goals, 123 assists and 130 steals. She also helped the Saints to five league wins two years in a row for a program record.