Sept. 7, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - UC Davis suffered its first loss of the season when Siena College won a stroke-off to claim a 2-1 victory Monday afternoon in a non-conference field hockey game at Siena Turf Field. The Saints converted three of five attempts in the stroke-off compared to one for the Aggies. Liz Siemion scored the lone goal for UC Davis (3-1).
All of the scoring took place in the first half before a scoreless second half was followed by a pair of overtime periods. That set the stage for the stroke-off, featuring five penalty strokes for both squads. With alternating attempts, Siena (1-2) converted its first two to lead 2-0 entering the third round. The Saints missed their third attempt, and the Aggies' Marissa Hughes converted her attempt to pull UC Davis within 2-1 heading to the fourth round of the stroke-off. Each team missed in the fourth round, and Siena clinched the win when Mackenzie Smith converted on the Saints' fifth attempt. That gave Siena an insurmountable 3-1 stroke-off advantage.
Prior to that, UC Davis was the first to post a goal when Siemion scored seconds into the 14th minute of regulation. Kristen Lopez assisted on the goal, which was the second of the season for Siemion. Siena tied the game in the 33rd minute on a goal by Andrea Caso to make it 1-1. Less than a minute later, the Aggies' Lindsey Valadez had a penalty stroke saved by Siena keeper Renee Clavette as the score remained 1-1 heading to halftime.
Neither team was able to break through in a scoreless second half. After UC Davis owned a 7-4 edge in shots in the first half, Siena outshot the Aggies 8-5 in the second half. UC Davis took 11 of the 13 combined shots in the first overtime period, but the game remained 1-1 heading to the second extra period. The Aggies outshot the Saints 4-2 in the second overtime.
For the game, UC Davis outshot Siena 27-16. Rachel Sabes and Hughes each fired six shots while Lopez finished with four. Lauren Sawvelle was credited with four saves while playing all 100 minutes in goal.
UC Davis resumes action Wednesday when it faces Harvard in a neutral site game in Amherst, Mass.