Field Hockey Falls to Rider, 8-3, in Season Opener

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PHILADELPHIA - In Penn's first game of the 2010 season, the Quakers could not catch Rider (3-0) as the Broncsscored six unanswered goals in the first half on their way to an 8-3 defeat, Monday at Franklin Field. Penn freshman Sunny Stirewalt, sophomore Kyle deSandes-Moyer, and senior Laurel McGarvie netted goals for the Red and Blue, while Rider's Sandra Penas led her squad with a hat-trick.

Running on the adrenaline that comes with the opening minutes of the new season, the Quakers took the early lead on Stirewalt's first career goal in just the third minute of play. However, from there Rider took command, scoring the next eight goals of the game.

Rider's Marlaine Schneider and Megan Pisani each netted two in the run, while Alicia Govannicci scored one in addition to Penas' three.

In the 64th minute of play, Penn ended the dry spell with McGarvie's tap-in from junior Abigail Egan. McGarvie also added an assist on deSandes-Moyer's first career goal at the 66:31 mark.

Penn was out-shot by the Broncs 26-7, and only had four penalty corner opportunities compared to Rider's 13, in the fast-paced and physical game.

Sharing time in goal, sophomore Danielle Rothman recorded four saves and allowed six goals in 31:53 minutes of play, while junior Kieran Sweeney let in two, but saved nine in the final 38:07 minutes. For Rider, Rachel Yacovett and Rebecca Lotito each made two saves, splitting equal time.

The Quakers are back in action Saturday and Sunday when they travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on William and Mary and Davidson.

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