The Manhattan game was payback for a though loss last year. Manhattan stuck first with a goal. But Sarah Croutier scored back to back goals to put us ahead. The Jaspers responded with two goals of their own, putting them ahead. Erin Mossop scored to tie us up but Manhattan answer back with another goal to take the lead again. The game was tight and looked like it was going to be a battle. Sarah scored again for a hat trick to tie it up again and Alyssa Treanor added one more before the half ended to put us ahead. Julia Sirianni scored the first goal of the second half making it 6-4. Manhattan scored to bring it within one. Casey Irwin scored to give us another two goal lead. Maddie Devine took advantage of the goalie being out of the goal to add another goal, putting us ahead by 3. But Manhattan wasn't giving up and scored to cut our lead down to two. However Erin put away two back to back goals to give her a hat trick and Alyssa put away two more back to back goals to give her a hat trick. That put us up 12-6 and Manhattan would only be able to add one more goal before the game ended.
First MAAC Game: Monmouth
New MAAC foe Monmouth beat the Saints 16-9. The game started off close, Julia Sirianni scored first off a pass from Lauen Smith. Monmouth responded by putting in two goals. Maddie Devien added one off a pass from Erin Mossop to tie it up. Monmouth scored again to take the lead but Lauren would put away a free position to tie it up. Cara McQuillan would score off a pass from Erin to put us in the lead. But then Monmouth would go on a six goal streak to end the half 9-4. In the second half Monmouth would come out strong and put away 4 more before we could pull ourselves together. Alyssa Treanor ended their streak with back to back goals only 46 seconds apart. Monmouth added another goal but Maddie added her second of the day and Casey Irwin scored off of an assist from Alyssa. Monmouth added another two before Erin put one in to end the game, 16-9.
Up Next: Manhattan
Saints trip to the Island
Our trip to Long Island was eventful, our bus had some mechanical problems and broke down in the Palisades Mall parking lot. So we had to wait over two hours for a new bus to come from Albany to continue the trip. We finally got to Long Island and had practice at Stony Brook. After the practice we went over the the O'Connors for dinner; it was fun and delicious. Then we went to the hotel to get ready the next day. In the morning the girls had breakfast, a few did homework and the rest hung out, watched some tv and waited for the game. The game was a blowout, we lost 19-6. Stony Brook was bigger, fast and too much for us to handle. However we did play pretty well when we had the ball, both Casey Irwin and Erin Mossop had hat tricks.
The Battle against Binghamton
The game versus Binghamton was a lot closer than the score reflected; it was a back and forth game. The Bearcats scored first, but we answer with a goal from Cara and then another from Bri. Binghamton added two more take take back the lead, then Sarah Scored to tie it up. Binghamton added to more to make it 5-3. But we weren't going to give up, Lauren scored, than Sarah had her second and Lauren scored again, but us ahead 6-5. Binghamton put in two to take the lead but Sarah scored her third and tied it up, 7-7. Binghamton squeaked in two more goals before the first half finished making it 9-7. To start the second half, the bearcats added two more, giving them the largest lead so far. But Sarah wasn't finished she put in two consecutive goals bringing us back within two. But Binghamton had the momentum and scored another 3 widening the gap to 14-9. Maddie Devine would go to score one and Lauren would her third of the day but not without the Bearcats also scoring two as well. The final scored ended 16-11 but it was a hard fought game and the girls played extremely well.
Saints tromp the Bonnies
The girls played their best game of the season to beat St. Bonaventure 16-7. The girls 16 goals was the most goals in a game in the past three years. The scoring was also the most spread out it has been all season with 8 different girls scoring. Casey Irwin scored the first goal of the game about a minute in. The Bonnies scored to tie it up, Sarah scored two consecutive goals and and Alyssa added in her first to put us up 4-1. St Bonaventure responded with one goal. Lauren and Erin each put one in before the half ended, 6-2. The girls came out with a lot of confidence in the second half and were ready to win. Cara put in the first goal of the second half, then the Bonnies scored again trying not to let the game get away from them. Erin put in her second, Cara put in her second and Lauren put in her second, making it 10-3. St. Bonaventure added another before Julia put in a goal and Alyssa added two giving her a hat trick for the day. Julia then put in her second of the day making it 14-4. St Bonaventure added two more before Maddie Devine put in her first goal of the season and added a second for good measure. That put us ahead 16-6, the Bonnies would put one more the before the game ended. Sam had another great game making 8 saves. The girls played great and hopefully will carry this confidence and momentum into the next couple of games.
Spring Break! #saintsdocali
The team at dinner
Spring Break was a great break from the cold weather we have been playing in here. Saturday was a long day of travelling but when we stepped out of the airport with only short sleeves on and didn't need a coat it made the whole day better. The next day we woke up and had breakfast before heading off to practice; the nice weather and nice UC Davis stadium put the girls in a great mood. After practice the girls had lunch and walked around the town of Davis. Then we headed to the hotel to rest before a team dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. After dinner we did our scout and watched some film. Monday was GAMEDAY! The team woke up and had an early walk through, then went out for lunch then relaxed before our game. Playing UC Davis at night, under the lights was extremely exhilarating. The game started and Sarah scored first followed by Alyssa. UC Davis answered with three goals, making it 3-2, we responded with four goals, Sarah, Erin, Sarah and Casey. UC Davis put in two more before the half, keeping it close 6-5. After the half, UC Davis came out strong and put in three more goals giving them the lead 8-6. Sarah put in her fourth of the game pulling us within one but UC Davis scored again. We weren't going to roll over that easy though, Alyssa put in another goal and Julia scored her first of the night to tie it 9-9. We were going into OVERTIME. Unfortunately UC Davis came out really strong and scored shortly into overtime and then scored again. The loss to UC Davis was a hard fought and really well played game by the girls. After the game we drove down to our hotel near Cal-Berkeley. We had practice the next morning before spending the rest of the day in San Francisco. We took a tour of Alcatraz and then walked around Fisherman's Wharf. We came back and did our scout and watched some film to prep for Cal-Berkeley. The following day was our second California GAMEDAY! Cal-Berkeley was ready for us they came out and scored 12 goals in the first half, making it 12-0. The second half we picked things up a little and the final score ended up being 16-6. After the game we showered and got ready to go to Trustee Hickey's house. The house had a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the girls loved the view, we spent quiet a while taking pictures before actually going inside and meeting Mr and Mrs Hickey. The team relaxed, ate appatizers and mingled with their parents and the other alumni who were there. Then we had to get back on the bus to head back up to Sacramento for a short nights sleep before catching our early morning flight home.
After our first win we had a tough loss to Central Connecticut. The offense started out very strong and by halftime it was 8-5. To start the second half we scored again to make it 9-5 but Central Connecticut fought back and went on a 7 goal streak making it 12-9, we could only put one more goal in before the game ended. It was a very troubling loss.
The First of Many
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.
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