Oct. 2, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. - Three days after conceding four first half goals, the Saint Joseph's field hockey team unleashed a four-goal half of its own en route to a 7-1 drubbing of Siena on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks got two goals apiece from senior Theresa Testa and freshman Nicole Gerdes while freshman Jordan Martin added a pair of assists.
Saint Joseph's (3-6) came out firing, outshooting the Saints 20-1 in the first half. On SJU's second shot of the game, Gerdes tipped a shot from Therese Doyle past goalkeeper Beth Meyers and into the cage for a 1-0 lead just 2:06 into the contest.
Gerdes struck again with 27:06 to go in the period on an assist from Martin to double the lead.
Midway through the stanza, Testa notched her first of the day and second of the year on an assist from classmate Rachel Walsh after a penalty corner.
Senior Ellen Rowe got in on the act, scoring her sixth of the season with 13:13 to go in the half, after another penalty corner. Gerdes notched an assist for her fifth point of the afternoon.
With 16:50 left in the second half, the Hawks extended the lead to five as Doyle took a feed from Martin and converted for her fourth goal of the season.
Forty-eight seconds later, SJU was awarded a penalty stroke and Testa stepped up to send it past Meyers for a 6-0 lead.
Saint Joseph's got one final goal from Megan DeMarco with 9:21 remaining; the freshman tallied her first career goal on a broken corner play.
Kelly Johansmeyer scored an unassisted goal for Siena (0-11) with 2:09 to play to break up the shutout and close out the scoring.
Senior Liz Messaros made a pair of saves for her third win on the season, while Meyers made a dozen in defeat. SJU enjoyed a 34-9 shot advantage on the day and secured 12 corners to Siena's six.
The Hawks return home for their Atlantic 10 opener on Friday afternoon against Temple. Ellen Ryan Field will be officially dedicated in a pre-game ceremony before the Hawks and Owls kick things off at 4:00 p.m.