HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – An offensive outburst in the second half powered the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team past Hofstra, 5-0, at the Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium on Friday afternoon. Junior Anna Willocks had a five-point afternoon, while classmate Monica Tice added four points of her own.
"Today was a fun second half of hockey," head coach Lynn Farquhar said. "We took a bit of time to figure ourselves out and then decided to attack with energy. Our best hockey is when we let the ball do the work."
After a tepid start to the game for both sides, Saint Joseph’s (7-2) broke through with 14:37 to play in the first half as Tice and freshman Jordan Olenginski set Willocks up for her first goal of the day on a penalty corner.
Early in the second half, it was freshman Emily Henry inserting to Tice on a penalty corner as Willocks tallied her sixth of the season and second of the day to double the SJU advantage with 25:57 on the clock.
Eight minutes later, Olenginski notched her second assist of the day as she fed classmate Emily Peters in the middle of the arc, who turned and fired home her first collegiate goal to extend the lead to 3-0.
Less than three minutes after Peters’ strike, Tice scored her first goal of the season on a feed from Willocks, capping off a nine-point afternoon for the junior co-captains.
Hofstra (5-6) had a chance to get on the board late, but Jordan Thompson’s penalty corner effort was stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke to preserve the shutout.
Sophomore Kayla Walker set the final margin with just under six minutes to go, tallying her first goal of the year on a pass from Peters to put the icing on the cake for the Hawks.
Kammerinke made six saves, posting her third shutout of the season, while Carys Swan also made six stops for the Pride. The Hawks took 15 shots on the day, putting 13 of them on frame, while holding Hofstra to just 10 attempts and six on goals. Both teams had five penalty corner opportunities on the day, with SJU converting on a pair.
"It was an exciting day for our entire Hawk unit as many individuals stepped out to allow for a stronger team," Farquhar said. "We had another game of diversified goal scorers, and the credit is due to our teamwork."
The Hawks will remain in New York for another non-conference game as they visit Columbia on Sunday. Game time is set for noon at the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium.