PHILADELPHIA – Leading by one heading into the final 21 minutes of play, #11/8 Navy scored six of the game's next seven goals to pull away and hand the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad a 16-11 loss on Tuesday evening on Sweeney Field. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-3 while the Midshipmen improve to 5-1.
The game had originally been scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. but was moved up a day due to the unfavorable weather forecast.
Junior midfielders Rebecca Lane and Hayley Sabol paced the Hawks with two goals and one assist apiece while junior attacker Francesca Donato and freshman attacker Stephanie Kelly each hit the back of the net twice.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Kelly (27:51, 27:19) and Lane (24:25) combined for a trio of unassisted scores.
Navy would then score three of the game's next four, including three within under two minutes of one another (22:30, 19:42, 18:47, 18:17) to pull to within one, but sophomore midfielder Julia Pash got a feed from Sabol and put away her fourth of the year (13:38) to push the Hawks' lead back out to two, 5-3.
The Midshipmen scored back-to-back goals (9:40, 8:56) to tie it up, 5-5, but Lane (8:15) and Sabol (6:01) responded to give the Hawks another two-goal lead, 7-5.
From there, Navy scored five straight to close out the first half (5:14, 4:32, 0:13) and to open the second (26:41, 26:02) to take a 10-7 lead.
Saint Joseph's scored twice in 68 seconds (25:16, 24:08) to pull to within one goal early in the second half, but Navy peppered the cage with with six of the game's next seven goals to push its lead out by six, 16-10, entering the final 4:46 of regulation. The Midshipmen would hold the Hawks to just one goal during those final minutes as the 16-11 score would stand as time expired.
Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan (2-3) made 10 saves, including seven in the second half and multiple on Navy eight meter attempts, in the full 60:00.
For the game, Navy owned a 36-26 advantage in shots and outshot Saint Joseph's 20-8 in the second half. The Midshipmen also earned a 15-7 edge in ground balls and dominated the draw control game, winning 22 of the game's 28 possessions from the circle; Pash earned three of SJU's six draw controls.
For Navy, Kelly Larkin (4g, 2a) and Jenna Collins (4g, 2a) accounted for six points apiece while Julia Collins also hit the back of the net four times.
Saint Joseph's remains home to host Vanderbilt (4-1) this Sunday, March 11. Opening draw control is set for noon on Sweeney Field. The Commodores will play at La Salle on Thursday, March 8 before coming to Hawk Hill.
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GAME NOTES: Tuesday's game was dedicated to the One Love Foundation; the Hawks wore pre-game shirts while Saint Joseph's branch of the One Love Foundation sold shirts during the game... Senior defender Juliana Strazulo, who played two years at Division III Drew University, made her first Division I start, going for one ground ball and one caused turnover... Junior midfiedler Sinead Brierley, who scored a team-high three goals last time out, was unavailable for Tuesday's game due to a red card ejection at Villanova; Brierley will be available for Sunday's game vs. Vanderbilt.