PHILADELPHIA – Freshman forward Quinn Maguire notched her first collegiate hat trick as the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team picked up a key conference win with a 4-0 victory over La Salle at Hank DeVincent Field on Friday afternoon.

Saint Joseph’s (12-3 overall, 5-1 Atlantic 10) got things started three and a half minutes into the game as junior Monica Tice set up classmate Anna Willocks for her 10th goal of the season and a 1-0 Hawk lead.

The teams played a back and forth stretch for the next 20 minutes, but the Hawks effectively put the game away in the final 10 minutes of the half.  Maguire started the onslaught by firing a low rocket past La Salle’s Emma Provost to double the lead at the 9:45 mark.

With 5:10 to go in the frame, senior Jackalyn Pauling notched her first assist of the year, sending a ball toward the cage from the top of the arc.  Maguire turned and fired to beat Provost and make it a 3-0 game.  The point continued a streak for Pauling; she has now notched a goal or an assist in all five games she has played against La Salle in her career.

Three minutes later, the pair would create another goal as Pauling had her shot saved, but Maguire was there to put home the rebound and send SJU into the break with a 4-0 lead.

La Salle (8-5 overall, 3-3 Atlantic 10) put together a run of offense early in the second half, but sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke was up to the challenge, stopping all four Explorer attempts to preserve the shutout, her league-leading sixth of the season.

Kammerinke finished the day with seven saves in total, while Provost made six.  Emelynn Sneary played the second half for La Salle, making four stops without conceding a goal.  Saint Joseph’s enjoyed a 23-11 shot advantage in the game and took 11 penalty corners to five for the Explorers.

“We knew we were going to face challenges today, and I was really excited that we stepped to the plate,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “We had a strong mentality, stuck to our game plan, and really relied on solid teamwork.”

The Hawks have a quick turnaround ahead, as they host eighth-ranked Delaware on Saturday.  Game time against the defending national champions is set for 1:00 p.m.; the contest will be streamed free of charge on the Atlantic 10 Network.

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