After controling the pace of play for a majority of the first half, SJU finally broke through in the 40th minute on D'Ambra's second goal of the year. With the ball played up the wing and crossed into the box, D'Ambra slid past a defender and drilled a shot to the lower left to make it 1-0 at 39:32.
Rhode Island (3-13-0, 0-8-0 A-10) wouldn't go away quietly in the second half, as the Rams tied the match at 1-1 at 70:04 off a header by Emily Wakeford.
Bower answered back less than four minutes later to give the Hawks the lead once again. Off a lead pass down the middle by junior Taylor Ryan, Bower went one-on-one versus the Rhode Island goalkeeper and beat her to the right post to make it 2-1 at 73:32.
Saint Joseph's would make the score stand as it held off a late run by the Rams.
For the game, junior Grace Bendon made two saves to improve to 8-5-3 overall, while Bridget Galen and Erica Wallace picked up assist on the first Hawk goal. Saint Joseph's began the day honoring seniors Lauren Dimes and Lindsay Walder with a pregame ceremony followed by the victory.
With Sunday's win, the Hawks improved to 8-5-3 on the season and 3-3-2 in the Atlantic 10.
Saint Joseph's caps the home portion of its schedule on Thursday when the Hawks host Fordham at 7 p.m.
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