AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman forward Quinn Maguire notched her second hat trick of the season and junior forward Anna Willocks added two goals of her own as the 17th-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team scored seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-2 win over Richmond at the Gladchuk Sports Complex on Friday. With the win, the Hawks advanced to the Atlantic 10 championship game for the second consecutive season.
After falling behind 2-0 midway through the first half, the Hawks ripped off seven unanswered goals, including five in the second half, to punch their ticket to the tournament final. They will meet the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between second-seeded Massachusetts and third-seeded VCU at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Richmond (8-11) jumped out to an early lead as Florentine Beelaerts van Blokland grabbed a loose ball in the circle and sent it high into the cage for a 1-0 lead just 9:28 into the game. Katrina Balatgek then doubled the lead seven minutes later as she slid a deflected ball low into the left corner.
Saint Joseph’s (17-3) then roared to life, maintaining possession and earning five corners in the half before finally converting on one with 8:12 to go in the frame. Sophomore Kathrin Bentz found Willocks to her right, and the newly-minted three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year beat Richmond’s Felicitas Heinzel low to cut the deficit in half.
Less than two minutes later, the Hawks were awarded a penalty stroke, and Willocks made it count for her 18th goal of the season to send the teams into the break level.
It didn’t stay that way for long, as freshman Emily Peters found Maguire in front of the goal just over two minutes into the second half to give the Hawks the lead. Maguire followed up with her second of the day eight minutes later, following her own rebound to double the margin to 4-2.
Bentz had her first goal of the season wiped off the board, but she quickly converted again on a penalty corner feed from freshman Emily Henry and sophomore Pepa Serrano to extend the lead to 5-2 midway through the second half.
Peters added a goal of her own with 15 minutes to go, dribbling down the left wing and cutting down the end line before beating Heinzel from a sharp angle to make it a 6-2 game.
Maguire then capped off her second career hat trick and closed out the scoring with her 18th goal of the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke made three saves on the day, while Heinzel made seven for the Spiders, including six in the first half. The Hawks enjoyed a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners and outshot the Spiders 20-8 for the game.
The victory sets a new program record for wins in a season with 17, breaking the mark of 16 set back in 1995.
Saint Joseph’s will meet either Massachusetts or VCU in the title game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The game will be streamed free of charge on the Atlantic 10 Network.