In an exciting game against Wagner the Saints held on to win the first game of the season! The game started out with three straight goals for the Seahawks. Our first goal would come from Bri Sirianni, who got the ball off the draw, drove straight to goal and ripped a shot. Wagner responded with another goal before Erin Mossop put away her first of what would be three. But Wagner wasn't going to giving it to us that easily, they scored another to make it 5-2. However this was our game and the girls rallied to put away four straight. The first was from Julia Sirianni, then back to back goals for Alyssa Treanor and Mossop's second. We ended the half up, 6-5! Wagner came out of the half strong and scored the first goal to tie it back up. Wagner scored again but the goal was taken away. With the goal not allowed the momentum was now in out favor. Sarah Croutier scored her first goal of the day on a pass from Casey Irwin who then went on to score a goal herself. Wagner scored again to bring it within one but we still had the momentum. We went on our second 4 goal streak with Sarah scoring her second, then Cara McQuillan put on away and Mossop put in her third of the day for her second hat trick of the season. And finally Sarah rounded out our streak by scored her third as well for a hat trick. That put us up 12-7 with 4 and a half minutes to go, Wagner would score one more to end the game 12-8. Sam DePasquale played another great game in goal making 14 saves, many coming at very crucial times.
The Saints trip to Burlington
Our trip to Vermont was a tough one, it was very cold and unsuccessful. I won't go into the scoring details as I did with the last game but the Catamounts won 18-4.
The Saints vs the Bulldogs
With a snowstorm on its way our first game of the season was clouded with doubt. How much snow would we get? Would the field be plowed? Would we be able to play? However the skies held, the field was a little slippery but it only flurried. The girls had been playing in this type of weather all preseason and they came prepared. We took the early lead with a goal from Erin Mossop. But Bryant came back strong and scored three in a row. Sarah Croutier ended Bryant's streak with a goal, which was followed by a scoring streak from us. Mossop put in her second of the game with an assist from Alyssa Treanor and Julia Sirianni add two more back to back, that put us up 5-3. But we weren't done Casey Irwin scored with another pass from Treanor and Mossop put in a third for a hat trick. That put us up 7-3, but unfortunately we couldn't hold on, Bryant went on to put in thee goals before the first half ended making it 7-6.We started the second half ahead by one and got off plenty of shots but we just couldn't hit the net. This allowed Bryant to score 5 goals in the second half while we were shut out. The final score was 11-7. The game was well played and there was a lot of improvement from the fall. While we didn't win, the girls played a hard fought game and it is clear we have lots of players who can score. Looks like we will be doing lots of shooting drills in preparation for our next game versus Vermont.
And we're BACK!
So the girls got back almost a week ago... and double sessions took its toll. The girls were pretty sore for the first few days but I think they're finally starting to feel a little better now. The weather was warm and for the first few days and we got outside, got used to the cold, got used to playing with our sticks and back into the swing of things. However due to the Polar Vortex we have been indoors for the last couple of days but we haven't slowed down, teaching them some new defensive set ups and offensive plays. After the first few days of playing the girls were just getting used to having their sticks in their hands when the new sticks showed up. After only a day of use the girls are divided on whether or not they like the new ones, but I'm sure after a few days they will get used to them.
Fall Wrap Up
The fall season has officially finished up, practice and conditioning are done till the girls come back for preseason. We ended the fall by testing 300's and having a Green and Gold Scrimmage. The scrimmage was nice because the girls hadn't used their sticks in a few weeks. Since the playdays ended the girls have had a tough few weeks of conditioning that included in a variety of sprints on the field or on the indoor track. They then had a fun week with Green and Gold competitions for relay races, soccer and basketball.
The girls had a guest speaker come in and lead some team bonding activities. The girls really enjoyed themselves and found our speaker to very interesting and funny. Some of the activities they did included singing and dancing to a song called Princess Pat, a game to make the most money, and synchronized hand motions.
On Thursday, the girls got into the Halloween spirit by dressing up and going trick or treating. However this trick or treating was for a good cause, the girls collected canned and boxed goods in the neighborhoods surrounding campus. All the food will be donated to the Church of Sacred Heart. The girls collected a lot of food and looked great in their costumes!
Fall Ball this year was a time for learning, adjusting and being competitive. The girls had to get used to new coaches which meant new expectations, positions and styles of play. For us coaches it was a time to see where players fit best and who played well together. The growth throughout fall ball was seen at our two tournaments. Our first tournament was at Le Moyne where we played Le Moyne and MAAC foe Niagara. Our second tournament was at Binghamton where we played Marist and Binghamton. Fall Ball gave us an early look at some MAAC teams which will help us prepare for the Spring! Check out the pictures the Delisio's took at both tournments: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94767122@N05/sets/
Green Gold Update
The new score for Green vs Gold is 17 to 6 with Gold still in the lead. Congrats to Cara on winning the fastest shot contest with a shot at 66 mph!
Green vs Gold
The girls have been split into two teams, Green and Gold. Each Friday the two teams compete in various drills and activities. The winner of each activity get a point for their team and the points accumulate till our first game. At the end of Fall Ball and preseason the team with the most point wins a prize. The current score is 10-4 with Gold in the lead. The Bad Pass and Push/Pull were the girls favorite activities today. Green won all three round of the Bad Pass Competition but Gold won all the activities of the day including the extremely comical Push/Pull game. Here are some pictures from today's competition.
The two teams facing off in the Push/Pull competition