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HAWKS OPEN WITH 1-0 WIN OVER LIU
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (8/31/01) - Senior Kim Dwyer, who missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, came off the bench to score the lone goal to lead the Hawks to a 1-0 season-opening win over Long Island. Dwyer's goal, which came at the 44:49 mark, off an assist from fellow senior Lauren Rozanski, made a winner of head coach Jess Reynolds in her debut as the Hawks' coach. "It's feels great to get a win, we've put in a lot of hard work to deserve it," says Reynolds, who took over the reigns of the SJU program in early August. "What I saw here today was very promising, but we definitely can, and need, to play better as we get deeper into the schedule." The two teams looked tentative in the early going as it was the season opener for both. It looked as if the game was going to be deadlocked at half-time until Rozanski put a through ball onto the foot of a cutting Dwyer at the 12- yard line. Dwyer then blasted the ball past LIU's keeper Mary Jaeger (six saves). "I felt like it was kind of my role as a senior, it felt good." says Dwyer on coming off the bench to lift the Hawks. "I just went in there with a little heart." "The team is unbelievable this year, it's going to be a good season," adds Dwyer on the squad's chemistry. Sophomore Alecia Kornicki, stopped four shots in recording her first collegiate shutout. She was aided by a solid defense, spearheaded by senior sweeper Laurie Muller, On a disturbing note, junior back Danielle Gregoire, left the game in the first half due to a knee injury. It was the same knee she had surgery on as a freshman. The Hawks, who are now 1-0 on the season, will travel to Delaware on Tuesday to take on the Blue Hens at 7p.m. Long Island falls to 0-1.