Field Hockey Wins at Siena, Loses at Home

Eric Reimund

The Raiders Field Hockey team competed in two matchups, travelling to Loudonville, N.Y. to take on Siena and picking up a 4-2 victory. The Raiders, however, could not keep up the momentum going into the weekend as they dropped their second game falling to Patriot League foe American 3-2. Against Siena, the Raiders were led by junior Eliana Brown who had a strong offensive showing, scoring two goals and pushing her total on the year to nine – tops on the team. After giving up an early goal to the Saints, senior attack Halle Biggar got the Raiders on the board off an assist from fellow senior attack Olivia Nabhan. Siena responded just a minute and a half later to push the lead back in the Saints’ favor.The Saints held the lead, but could not hold onto the lead with the relentless Raider attack. Brown got involved in the scoring at the 18:13 mark with her eighth of the year off an assist from Biggar. With just over two minutes remaining in the half, Brown added her second of the game unassisted. The Raiders headed into the locker room with a 3-2 lead, and hoped to hold on as the second half came around.

The second half started and just over seven minutes in first-year Whitney Jones scored her second goal of the season to

extend the lead to 4-2. With a stronghold on the lead, the Raiders focused the remainder of the second half on their defensive play. Despite Siena’s 12 shots in the second half, only seven reached the net and all were turned away by junior goalie Amanda DiDomizio. DiDomizio finished the game with nine saves, and the Raiders took the victory. After a rare midweek game, the Raiders returned home to face league opponent American. The Raiders overcame a 2-0 deficit, and eventually dropped the

contest 3-2. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, scoring just under five minutes into the game and gaining a 1-0 lead. At the 13:09 mark, American tallied their second of the game. Down 2-0, the Raiders got a sense of urgency and turned their attack up. Nabhan scored just 34 seconds after the Eagles extended their lead and cut the lead down

to 2-1. With just a minute and a half remaining in the first half, Jones scored her third of the season to bring the Raiders back into the game. Going into halftime tied at 2 was a huge accomplishment for the Raiders after being down 2-0 early in the contest.

The second half began and both the Raiders and Eagles acknowledged the urgency in picking up a victory in the League contest. After back and forth play for a majority of the second half, the Eagles struck. Getting a goal past DiDomizio, who had nine saves on the day, the Eagles regained the lead and eventually took a 3-2 victory. DiDomizio, who was strong in net all week, saw a reward for her hard work as she was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the week. DiDomizio earned the honor for the first time this season and fourth in her career.This week they will host Columbia on Friday night.

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