College Field Hockey
Rider University 5, Siena College 1
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Game
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.—Led by three goals in the opening six minutes of the game, the Rider University field hockey team defeated Siena College 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
“It was important to come out strong after the double overtime loss at Bryant Friday night,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “We fought hard in that game and it was an emotional game. If we would have come out flat today, we would have been in trouble because Siena is a dangerous team. Everyone played inspired.”
“It was big for us to bounce back from the loss Friday night,” said junior defender Dezarae Fillmyer (Roebling/Florence) who scored Rider’s fifth goal in the game. “Getting off to a great start on the offensive end of the field really took the pressure off the defense.”
“Today was Carlota’s best game of the season,” said Hussong. “She played intense and inspired and gave us some good chances to score up the field. ‘KK’ (Kalyn) has given us energy on the field all year long and just gives her best effort every time she is out there. And Nicole puts herself in great positions to score for us and her effort level and intensity keeps improving. The rookie class is coming together little by little and that helps take the opponent's focus off Alicia (Govannicci) and Sandra (Penas).”
O’Brien opened the scoring just 1:18 into the game, converting a Siena turnover at the top of the circle, for her sixth goal of the season.
Just 39 seconds later, Hareau scored her conference leading 13th goal of the season, converting a loose ball in the middle to put Rider ahead 2-0.
Senior Alicia Govannicci (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) scored her second of the weekend and third of the season, at the six minute mark, converting a direct pass from Alsina to give the Broncs a three-goal lead.
Alsina picked up her second assist of the game, feeding a pass to junior Rachel Schwab (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) on a penalty corner, making it 4-0 Rider, 22:16 into the game.
“The freshmen are all really great, skilled players,” Fillmyer said about the Rider rookies. “They work hard every day and are really having an impact on the field.”
Rider (10-5, 2-1 MAAC) led by four at intermission.
Fillmyer scored her first of the season, with freshman Carlie Spaeder (Newtown Square, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) picking up the assist with 14:04 remaining in the game to give Rider a 5-0 lead.
“Dez has been a machine on the back line for us,” Hussong said. “Nothing gets by her. She is coming up with great plays. On Friday night, her defensive save at the buzzer of the second overtime stopped Bryant from scoring and allowed us to get into the shootout and she also converted our only play during the shootout. She is hard to get by and has the heart of a champion.”
Siena scored with 41 seconds left to break up the shutout.
Led by seven shots from senior Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain), Rider out-shot the Saints 27-2 and the Broncs held a 17-3 penalty corner advantage.
Sophomore Joelle Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) picked up the win, her 10th of the year, facing only two shots.
“We are playing better,” Fillmyer added about the defensive effort the last few games (since a 4-3 overtime loss to Penn on October 9). “We are communicating more on and off the ball and the offensive unit has been doing a good job coming back to take pressure off the ball on the defensive side of the field as well.”
Rider defeated the Saints 3-1 in Lawrenceville last 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 24 of the 27 games all-time against Siena including the last 14 in a row.
Rider is now 36-17 (.679) after a loss since 2002. The Broncs entered the game on the short end of a 2-1, double overtime decision against Bryant University that ended in a shootout Friday night.
“At this point of the season, everyone realizes the importance of every game, especially since it is conference play,” said Hussong. “The whole conference is strong and we can’t afford any more losses. It is going to take at least four wins to make the four-team playoffs so we have to end losing streaks before they happen. If you don’t come out with your best every game, the season will end before you know it.”
The Broncs return home for a pair of MAAC games, hosting Quinnipiac University on October 25 at 4 p.m. and Sacred Heart University for senior day on October 27 at noon.