PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team snapped a five-game losing streak with an 11-7 win over St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 action at Sweeney Field on Friday afternoon. The Hawks now improve to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Trailing 1-0 after the Bonnies got on the scoreboard just 52 seconds into the game, Saint Joseph's freshman attack Nora McCallion tallied back-to-back goals for the Crimson and Gray to pull the Hawks ahead, 2-1, with 22:12 remaining in the first half.
Saint Bonaventure (0-10, 0-3 Atlantic 10) would respond as LeighAnn Stauffer received a dish from Mikayla Place to even the score, 2-2, at the 14:24 mark.
From there, the Hawks would go on a 3-0 run as junior midfielder Julia Falcone sandwiched a goal between a pair of tallies from sophomore midfielder Kelly Phelan as Saint Joseph's regained the lead by three goals, 5-2.
St. Bonaventure's Stauffer and Place teamed up for another tally at the 3:56 mark, but sophomore attack Emily Bowers scored on a dish from Phelan to keep the Hawks ahead by three, 6-3, heading into the final two minutes of the first half.
Following an SJU foul inside the eight-meter, the Bonnies would be set up with a FPS and convert on that attempt to close the deficit to two goals, 6-4, heading into halftime.
Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Courtney Emanuele opened the second half with a tally at the 23:44 mark to give the Hawks a 7-4 lead early into the second.
From there, the Hawks went on a 3-1 run - all courtesy of Falcone. The junior converted on two FPS and added a regular goal off of a pass from Emanuele as the Hawks jumped out to their biggest lead of the game, 10-5, heading into the final 13 minutes of play.
The Bonnies would tally another pair of goals, including the final one of the game at the 4:52 mark, but Phelan added her third of the day with 9:39 remaining in regulation to ensure the 11-7 victory for the Hawks.
For the game, Saint Joseph's outshot St. Bonaventure 27-22, including 18-9 in the first half, and owned a 17-13 edge in ground balls. The Hawks also won 12 of 20 draw controls - with McCallion winning six of them - and converted 50 percent (4-of-8) of their FPS. Saint Joseph's was 18-of-19 in clear attempts and forced 19 Bonnies turnovers, with nine of those turnovers coming in the form of failed SBU clears.
Falcone led five Hawks in scoring with four goals on six shots and was 2-of-3 in FPS. Phelan added a four-point effort on three goals and one assist while McCallion also recorded a multi-goal game for the Crimson and Gray. Emanuele was good for one goal and a team-best two assists. Defensively, sophomore defender Caroline Hagan boasted four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (4-8, 1-2 A-10) made eight saves and added one ground ball and one caused turnover in a full-game effort.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host Duquesne this Sunday, April 13. Start time at Sweeney Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program will honor its six seniors - Michele Granger, Brittany Hanrahan, Allison Heath, Kaitlyn McSwiggan, Val Paolucci, and Meghan Watkin - in a pregame ceremony, scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m.