Hamilton, N.Y. — Junior goalie Beth Meyers recorded a program record 30 saves against Colgate, but it was not enough as Siena dropped a 5-1 decision to start the 2012 campaign. It was also the first game for head coach Kara Zappone.
Colgate came out firing, but Beth Meyers was up for the challenge as she recorded four quick saves. The Raiders would get on the board, however, after Halle Biggar scored off a rebound five minutes into the game.
The Saints would later surrender back-to-back goals in the span of a minute to stretch the deficit to 3-0. Colgate would not look back as they went on to score two more times including another tally by Biggar to eventually take the victory 5-1.
“They put us under a lot of pressure. It put us on our heels,” Zappone said. “It took us some time to get used to.”
Siena would record their first goal of the season in the second half as senior Olivia Whelly touched net from a pass by Katherine Bowie to inch the Green and Gold closer by a 5-1 margin.
The score would have been more one-sided if it wasn’t for Meyers. The junior, who led the nation in saves per game last season, recorded 18 of her record-breaking number in the first half. Her 30 saves ties her for the 29th most in an NCAA Division 1 game.
“She’s a wall and a rock for us in the back,” Zappone said. “She stayed focused the whole way through.”
In the second half, Siena found their momentum as they recorded all six of their shots, including shots on goal, from Megan Bohse and Michaela Sullivan.