College Field Hockey
Rider University 3, Siena College 1
Northeast Conference Game
LAWRENCEVILLE--Home sweet home.
After four straight games on the road, the Rider University field hockey team returned to the friendly confines of Ben Cohen Field and defeated Siena College 3-1 on Friday afternoon in a Northeast Conference game, led by a goal and assist from freshman Allison Muschs (Linkebeek, Belgium).
"We accomplished our goal, which was to win the game," said head coach Lori Hussong. "You out-shoot a team like we did today you expect a little more goal production."
Junior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain) got Rider (10-5, 3-1 NEC) on the board just 8:32 into the game, splitting the Saint defense up the middle of the field for her NEC leading 11th goal of the season.
The Broncs took a 2-0 lead less than three minutes before halftime with Muschs taking a shot from the top of the circle for her fifth goal of the year and Rider led by two at intermission.
Senior Marlaine Schneider (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) scored her seventh goal of the season on a corner play with Muschs and sophomore Eefje Kok (Berkel Enschot, Netherlands) providing the assists as Rider took a 3-0 lead with 20:37 left in the contest.
"It was a tough game," said Schneider. "We should have executed more on offense but we got the job done."
Siena hit the back of the cage with 3:17 left in the game for the final score.
Rider out-shot the Saints 35-2, 22-2 in shots on goal.
The Broncs held a 20-2 penalty corner advantage.
Beth Meyers made 19 saves for Siena (0-12, 0-4 NEC).
Freshman Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) made one save for the Broncs, picking up her fourth win of the season.
Rider defeated Siena 8-0 in Loudonville in 2011, 5-0 in Lawrenceville in 2010 and defeated the Saints 5-0 in 2009 and 3-0 in 2008. The Broncs have won 23 of the 26 games all-time against Siena including the last 13 in a row.
Rider has now won 21 of 22 games all-time on the campus turf field, which opened in the fall of 2010.
The Broncs host Bryant University on Sunday at noon in an NEC contest.
"Every game is extremely important if we are going to qualify for the playoffs," Hussong said about the three remaining conference games on the schedule. "Bryant is going to be a pressure filled game. They are going to be fighting for a playoff spot as well. We have to be ready and prepared."
"Bryant is a really good team," added Schneider. "It's going to be a tough battle."
The game on Sunday is Rider's annual participation in Play 4 The Cure, to raise awareness and donations in the fight against breast cancer to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
"We play this game in honor of Cathy Carter-Romero, our team mentor who is a cancer survivor," said Hussong. "We've also had former players and the parents of players affected by this horrible disease and we want to do everything we can to help gain the resources to find a cure. We want to do our best to give back."
"It's important and means a lot for the team to give back," Schneider said. "We are just going to play for our team mentor and the families that have been affected by breast cancer on Sunday."