Field Hockey Snaps Skid, Tops Siena, 3-1
Sept. 16, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Sophomore forward Jordan Martin scored two goals in 56 seconds to give the Saint Joseph's field hockey team a lead it would not relinquish on the way to a 3-1 win over Siena on Sunday afternoon. Senior Jordan Cotter gave the Hawks the lead right before halftime, while seniors Meghan Githens and Abby Hoover assisted on both of Martin's goals.
Saint Joseph's (2-5) dominated the run of play throughout the first half, holding the Saints without a shot until the final two minutes of the frame. The Hawks held a 10-2 advantage in shots and an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners, but it wasn't until Cotter's goal with 4.9 seconds left in the half that SJU was able to break through on the scoreboard.
Siena (0-4) equalized just 1:40 into the second half as Jessica Smith tallied her first of the season to even things up at one apiece.
Despite giving up the lead, the Hawks maintained their offensive pressure, which paid off twice in the span of a minute. Martin scored her second and third goals of the season on penalty corner blasts from the top of the circle to put SJU ahead, 3-1, with 20:22 to go.
The Saints rallied late in an attempt to get back in the game, but junior goalkeeper Kate Mitchell made three second-half saves to preserve the win.
Mitchell posted five saves for the contest, while Siena's Mary Drabich made eight saves in the second half. Siena starter Beth Meyers stopped one shot in the first half as well.
The Hawks enjoyed a 29-7 advantage in shots and earned 18 penalty corners to the Saints' four.
Saint Joseph's will next take the field on Friday afternoon when Monmouth comes to town. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Ellen Ryan Field.