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Bulldogs travel to Siena to finish non-conference slate

Photo by: DSPics.com
Photo by: DSPics.com

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bulldogs close out their 2018 non-conference slate on the road Saturday, taking a trip to Loudonville, N.Y. to battle Siena. Bryant was able to jump out of the gates fast last season, scoring the game's first seven goals in a 17-5 win at home.

Bryant is coming off an 18-11 loss to Delaware on Sunday afternoon, with sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) scoring five goals and adding an assist.

GAME INFORMATION

Opponent: Siena

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Siena Turf Field – Loudonville, N.Y.

Watch Live: Siena All Access

Live Stats: CBS Sports Gametracker

Live Updates via Twitter: @BryantWLax

THE SERIES

It has been a series of streaks between the Bulldogs and Saints. After Siena won the first four meetings between the teams, Bryant has taken the last five, including a 13-12 win just outside of the New York capital in 2016.

SCOUTING THE SAINTS

Siena has been a streaky team this season, currently riding a two-game losing streak. After dropping their first three games of the year, the Saints rattled off four straight wins, including two against Northeast Conference foes in Central Connecticut and LIU Brooklyn.

The Green and Gold are led by Alexis Daeken and Kerry Gerety offensively, who combine for 66 of Siena's 129 points. Daeken has scored 32 goals on the season to go along with seven assists, while Gerety has recorded 19 goals and eight assists on the season. Sammy Horton has made all nine starts in the cage.

BRYANT vs. THE MAAC

Siena is Bryant's most common opponent in the MAAC, playing their 10th game on Saturday. The Bulldogs have faced all but two Metro Atlantic teams, sporting an even 13-13 record against the nine-team league.

ON RECORD PACE

Bryant's offense is headed to the program history books if they keep up record pace, both on an individual and team level. Their scoring average of 14.38 goals per game, almost a goal more than the Division I record set in 2014. Individually, sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) is on pace to break Bryant's points per game record, averaging 5.38 this season. Her and junior Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) are on pace to finish 1-2 in Bryant's Division I record book in both points per game and goals per game.

BREGGGGGLIA IS ROLLING

In four of her last five games, sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) has scored five goals and added an assist, including an 11-point performance against Harvard on March 10. She has jumped at least 45 spots in the national rankings in four different NCAA categories, including 73 slots in goals per game and 135 spots in shot percentage. She stands one point from the 100 mark and will be the 18th player to join the 100-point club at Bryant and the second-fastest to reach the milestone if she secures at least one point on Saturday.

AWARDS GALORE

Of the 16 weekly honors given out by the Northeast Conference this season, six of them have been given to Bulldogs. A week after two Bulldogs were honored, sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) increased Bryant's streak to three straight weeks with a player of the week honor from the NEC. Junior Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) has won three straight player of the week awards and senior Samantha Santeramo (Wantagh, N.Y.) has a pair of defensive player of the week awards to her name.

DEM-EIGHT-O DOES IT AGAIN

Junior Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) scored eight goals for the second time in the last three games, tying her Division I program record that she set on March 10 against Harvard. She also scored eight against Niagara on March 17, joining Allison Faiola as the only Bulldog to score eight goals in two separate games in their careers.

UP TO ELEVEN

Sophomore Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded 11 points against Harvard on March 10, tying the program record for points in a game. That tied her for second-most nationally for points in a game this season, trailing UMBC's Sara Moeller. The six assists she dished out were also second in the country for most assists in a game by a single player. The Long Beach native's previous career-high was seven points against Mount St. Mary's on April 28, 2017.

ROAD TOUGH

The Bulldogs are 35-14 away from Smithfield under the direction of Jill Batcheller, including a perfect 18-0 in Northeast Conference regular season games on the road. In the 2016 season, Bryant went a perfect 9-0 on the road.

SAVES BY SANTERAMO

Senior Samantha Santeramo (Wantagh, N.Y.) has recorded five double-digit save performances this season after making 11 against Delaware on Sunday afternoon. She recorded five all of last season and is making 9.38 saves per game, which places her in the Top 30 nationally. She ranks 10th among active career goalkeepers, allowing 9.07 goals per game throughout her tenure as a Bulldog.

THE BATCHELLER FILE

Sixth-year head coach Jill Batcheller coached her 100th game on Sunday afternoon and enters Saturday afternoon with a 69-31 career record, including a 32-5 record in Northeast Conference games. She has not had a losing season in her tenure, and her teams have won at least 13 games in each of the last four seasons.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU

Entering the day with four points, senior Catlin Brown (San Diego, Calif.) more than doubled her season total after recording five points in the Ocean State Cup on March 7. She has now scored a goal in six consecutive games this season and has added an assist in six of her eight appearances this season.