PHILADELPHIA – Senior forward Anna Willocks notched a hat trick while freshman forward Tonya Botherway added two goals of her own as the 14th-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team dazzled in an 8-0 rout of crosstown rival Drexel at Buckley Field on Friday night.
“Drexel is a really aggressive, fast, and feisty team; our players group is trying to take more ownership on the field and to problem-solve, and I think Drexel did challenge that,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “It was really neat to see some of the results start to come to life.
Five different Hawks got onto the scoresheet on the night as the eight goals match the program record for goals in a game. The mark was most recently matched just 363 days ago when the Hawks beat Saint Francis (Pa.) by the same score on October 7, 2017.
“I give a lot of credit to our players for being able to transition,” Farquhar said. “There were several finishers, we had a lot of cycling, and had a mindset to keep our urgency and our tempo with our style, which paid off. ”
Saint Joseph’s (9-2) jumped out to an early lead as junior Pepa Serrano charged down the left side and sent a feed across to Willocks, who tipped home her sixth goal of the season to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.
The Hawks doubled the lead soon after as Botherway made a long run down the center of the pitch before feeding sophomore Emily Henry; Henry’s diving finish beat Dragons goalkeeper Erin Gilchrist to put the Hawks up, 2-0.
Botherway tallied her first goal of the night a minute later, converting sophomore Jordan Olenginski’s pass for a 3-0 lead with 21:05 to go in the first half.
Drexel (5-6) settled in and enjoyed a spell of possession, but junior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke kept the Dragons off the board, making all four of her saves for the night in the final 15 minutes of the first half.
SJU controlled the flow throughout the second half, outshooting the home team 10-1 in the period. The Hawks would earn the game’s first penalty corner in the 41st minute; Willocks sent in a blast that was stopped by Gilchrist, but senior Joely Helder was waiting for the rebound, lifting it over the keeper for a 4-0 lead.
A three-goal burst in a five-minute span midway through the half sealed the deal for the Crimson and Gray. Sophomore Emily Peters sent a pass across the front of the cage that Willocks sent in for her second of the night with 17:45 to go to make it a 5-0 game before Botherway took matters into her own hands on another long run three minutes later to extend the margin to six.
Olenginski would later insert a corner to freshman Johanna Huse, who found the cage with 13 minutes to play to push the lead to seven before Willocks capped off the night with a goal on a long pass by junior Courtney Gerber with 4:15 remaining.
All told, the Hawks outshot the Dragons 19-7 while taking four penalty corners to Drexel’s zero. Kammerinke notched her fifth shutout of the season and third in four games; the Hawk defense has conceded just one goal in its last 313:47 of action.
“We always look forward to our local Philadelphia games,” Farquhar said. “Drexel had a great crowd tonight under the lights, and we’re looking forward to another rivalry game on Sunday.”
Saint Joseph’s hosts Temple on Sunday at noon. The Hawks will also welcome back former players, family, and friends for the annual Alumnae Day tailgate following the game against the Owls.