EASTON, Pa. – Seven unanswered goals over the final 20 minutes of the game led the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team to a 16-12 win at Lafayette on Saturday. Senior captain Rebecca Lane led the way with five goals and an assist, while four other Hawks netted two goals apiece.
The Hawks trailed by a pair, 10-8, at halftime. Sophomore Stephanie Kelly got the second half started with her second goal of the game less than a minute and a half in, but the Leopards answered with back-to-back goals to extend their lead to 12-9 with 20:09 to play.
Lane brought SJU back within two with her third of the game just 22 seconds later. Lafayette’s Hannah Davey had an opportunity to put the hosts back on top, but freshman goalkeeper Amber Weedon made a key save on a free position attempt and the Hawks turned it into instant offense as junior Penny Green scored on the ensuing transition to cut the deficit to one with 17:17 to go.
Three minutes later, senior Hayley Sabol struck for the second time to tie the game at 12-12 before a man-down goal from senior Francesca Donato put the Hawks on top for the first time since the five-minute mark of the first half. Lane then notched her fourth of the day with exactly 10 minutes to play to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game to that point at 14-12.
The Hawk defense would hold the Leopards to two goals on just nine shots in the second half while junior Bridget Cerciello scored her second goal of the game at the 7:14 mark, and Lane tallied her fifth with 2:37 to go to seal the deal for the Crimson and Gray.
Saint Joseph’s (3-3) jumped out in front just 75 seconds into the game via Lane’s 14th goal of the season, but the Leopards answered with three consecutive goals, to take a 3-1 lead just over five minutes into the game.
The Hawks then ripped off three in a row themselves as sophomore Taylor Newman-Farr scored on a man-up opportunity at the 21:50 mark before Cerciello scored at 18:45 and Kelly restored the lead with 17:40 to go in the half.
Each team followed with yet another run, as the Leopards went back in front, 6-4, with three goals over a two and a half minute span. The Hawks responded with a three-goal spurt of their own, as sophomore Sam McGee and Donato added man-up goals on either side of Lane’s second tally of the day to give the Hawks a 7-6 lead with 6:10 to go in the half.
Lafayette (3-2) scored four straight, including two in a row by Mairead Janzer, to open up a 10-7 advantage with 1:56 to go in the half. Sabol then got the Hawks back within a pair with 1:10 to go in the half and the two teams went into the break at 10-8.
Weedon made seven saves on the day to improve to 3-1 on the season. Quinn Lacy made 17 saves in defeat for the Leopards. Lane led all scorers with five goals, while Jane Kirby scored three to lead Lafayette. Cerciello and senior Ally Beck each pulled in four draw controls for the Hawks, while Cerciello and senior Sinead Brierley scooped up three ground balls apiece.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action on Wednesday night, March 13, at Towson at 7:00 p.m.