LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Senior forward Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort) scored a pair of goals and junior Melanie Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional/UNC) registered what proved to be the decisive tally as the Monmouth University field hockey team defeated Siena, 3-2, Friday afternoon in its first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game.
“We played great hockey today and really stepped as a team,” commented head coach Carli Figlio. “I am extremely proud of our team with the effort they put forth today.”
Siena (0-12, 0-2 MAAC) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead three and a half minutes into regulation on Theresa Tremblay’s unassisted goal, but Monmouth (4-9, 1-0 MAAC) responded with three-straight scores. In a set corner play, senior Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) received an insert pass and dished off to O’Dwyer, who ripped a shot past Siena’s starting goalkeeper, Beth Meyers, to even the score a 1-1.
The Hawks took their first lead of the game 15:06 into the second half when O’Dwyer dribbled the ball into circle and ripped a shot high into the netting for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Dawson, who has started all 13 games for the Hawks, took a feed from classmate Hannah Loux (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite) and buried it into the back of the cage in the 57th minute for her first goal in a Monmouth uniform, which gave MU a 3-1 advantage.
Tremblay scored her second goal of the afternoon for Siena with under 10 minutes left in regulation to pull within one. The Saints would not register another shot over the final eight minutes despite pulling their keeper for the extra attacker.
O’Dwyer finished with seven shots, all on target, to pace the Hawks’ attack. Loux and Carroll each registered a pair of shots for MU.
Senior Teresa Mathews (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley), making her first start in cage for Monmouth this season, earned the win for the Hawks, making one save. Meyers made four saves in the opening half before handing over the keeper duties to Mary Drabich, who suffers the loss by allowing a pair of goals.
Monmouth outshot Siena 13-6, but the Saints earned the edge in penalty corner opportunities, 8-5.
The Hawks return to action this Sunday at noon for a MAAC tilt at Bryant.
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