AMHERST, Mass. – Despite falling into an early hole on the road, the 19th-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team bounced back for a five-goal second half en route to an emphatic 5-2 win at 23rd-ranked Massachusetts on Friday afternoon. Junior Anna Willocks and freshman Emily Peters both tallied two goals apiece on the day, while freshman Quinn Maguire netted a goal and an assist.
Massachusetts (11-6 overall, 5-2 Atlantic 10) took an early lead as Melanie Kreusch notched her first of the day on a direct corner feed from Sophie de Jonge and Lucy Cooper seven and a half minutes into the contest.
The Minutewomen doubled the lead eight minutes later through Kreusch, with de Jonge and Shauna Rankin-Byrne adding the assists.
Saint Joseph’s (14-3 overall, 6-1 Atlantic 10) regrouped and turned up the offensive pressure late in the half, forcing UMass goalkeeper Emily Hazard into six saves, but could not break through on the scoreboard as the Minutewomen took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The tables turned completely in the second half, however, as Peters cut the deficit in half with her fourth goal of the season nine minutes into the frame.
Six minutes later, Willocks roofed an equalizer after a pass from Maguire to tie the score. The Hawks’ leading scorer then put her side ahead for the first time with just under 16 minutes to go, taking a pass from sophomore Pepa Serrano and converting to put the Hawks on top, 3-2.
Maguire got in on the act herself with nine minutes to go as freshman Emily Henry had her attempt on a penalty corner blocked before Maguire picked up the rebound to double the advantage.
UMass enjoyed a brief spurt of possession after inserting a kicking back, but sophomore Victoria Kammerinke stoned Sarah Hawkshaw on the doorstep to preserve the two-goal lead. Peters would then slam the door with an empty-net goal at the 2:23 mark to set the final margin.
Kammerinke and Hazard both finished the day with eight saves in the cage. The Hawks enjoyed a 20-16 advantage in shots, including a 12-5 mark in the pivotal second half.
"As we approach the last of our regular season matches, our Hawks are focused on combined heart," head coach Lynn Farquhar said. "We know all of our Atlantic 10 Conference matches are tough, and with only four teams earning tournament berths, every game is vital. UMass came out strong and capitalized early. At halftime, our Hawks connected, reset, and played a strong transition game of hockey."
Saint Joseph’s wraps up its regular season road slate on Sunday with a game at Northeastern. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.