PHILADELPHIA – The Hawks held the Dukes to just one first-half goal and put up double-digit goals for the third consecutive game as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad earned a 15-4 win over Duquesne in Atlantic 10 action on Sunday afternoon on Sweeney Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 8-6 overall (4-2 A-10) while the Dukes fall to 3-10 overall (1-5 A-10).
"Overall, it was a great weekend for our team," said head coach Alex Kahoe following SJU's second win of the weekend. "Everyone was able to step up in our two games, where we outscored our opponents 35 to 10. We had multiple scorers and really played a great weekend of St. Joe's lacrosse in tough Atlantic 10 competition."
Junior midfielder Rebecca Lane added a hat trick, which included her 100th career goal on her second goal of the game at the 11:31 mark of the first half. Lane becomes the eighth Hawk in program history to reach 100 career goals and is the fourth-fastest to do so, reaching the milestone in 46 career games. She is also just the third Hawk to score 100 career goals before the start of her senior season.
"I'm also really proud of Bec, who was able to score her 100th goal today," added Kahoe. "That's a testament to her hard work as well as the teammates around her who have really stepped up as well."
Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan (8-6, 4-2 A-10) made eight saves, including seven in a first half in which she held the Dukes to just one goal, in the first 52:23. She allowed just four goals total and zero after the 17:55 mark of the second half.
Junior midfielder Hayley Sabol opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the game (29:24) before Duquesne's Haley Matthai took a feed from Maddie Hart to equalize at the 27:19 mark.
From that point, the Hawks scored six straight, backed by Lane's hat trick, and held the Dukes scoreless for the remainder of the first; Lane opened the run on an eight-meter goal (22:51) before Brierley (20:38) and sophomore midfielder Penny Green (15:39) turned in unassisted scores. Lane then dazzled with an unassisted, behind-the-back score at the 11:31 mark for her 100th career goal before Donato added SJU's fifth goal of the run (9:58) on a feed from junior midfielder Ally Beck. Lane then closed the first half with her third of the game with 45 ticks remaining on the scoreboard.
Sophomore midfielder Bridget Cerciello found Brierley to open the second half (27:43) and to give the Hawks a commanding 8-1 advantage before Duquesne strung together three of the game's next four goals to close its deficit to five, 9-4, entering the final 17:55 of play.
From there, the Hawks scored six straight to close the game, backed by a three-point effort from Donato, and held the Dukes scoreless for the remainder of the second; Donato scored (14:02) before assisting on Brierley's third of the day exactly three minutes later (11:02). Cerciello then converted an eight-meter goal (7:28) and Brierley added her fourth of the day (5:46) before sophomore attacker Sara Hughes (4:03) and Green (2:42) closed out the scoring.
The Hawks owned a 33-20 advantage in shots for the game for a remarkable 45.5 shot percentage. Saint Joseph's earned a 22-16 edge in ground balls while Duquesne earned 12 of the game's 21 possessions from the circle; Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Julia Pash led the way with five draw controls.
SJU's defense swarmed Duquesne's offense all game, forcing 17 of the Dukes' 24 total turnovers. Senior defender Juliana Strazulo went for three ground balls and a game-high five caused turnovers on the defensive end while senior defensive captains Kristen Kelbon (4gb, 2ct) and Catie Vivian (3gb, 1ct) were strong on the back line.
The Crimson and Gray held the Dukes scoreless in six eight-meter opportunities.
Saint Joseph's will take its three-game winning streak on the road to George Washington (9-5, 2-4 A-10) this Friday, April 20. Start time at the GW Lacrosse Field in Washington, D.C. is set for 3:00 p.m.