PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Saint Joseph's senior attacker Francesca Donato exploded for a game-high nine points (4g, 5a) to lead a dominant offensive team showing as the women's lacrosse squad defeated Duquesne, 21-6, in Atlantic 10 action at Rooney Field on Sunday afternoon. With their third consecutive win, the Hawks improve to 6-4 overall (2-0 A-10) while the Dukes fall to 5-3 overall (0-2 A-10).
“Today was a great team win,” said head coach Alex Kahoe. “I am proud of how our team stepped out to compete and played St. Joe’s lacrosse for a full 60 minutes. Our draw team stepped up huge today while offensively, we had 11 different goal scorers, with Fran stepping up with nine points. Our defensive unit turned in another solid performance, as well.”
With the victory, Saint Joseph's senior class of Ally Beck, Sinead Brierley, Donato, Rebecca Lane, and Hayley Sabol become the all-time winningest class in program history, with 38 career wins and counting.
Junior midfielder Bridget Cerciello and sophomore midfielder Taylor Newman-Farr added four goals apiece while junior midfielder Penny Green (1g, 3a) and sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly (1g, 3a) registered four points apiece as 30 total Hawks saw playing time.
Saint Joseph's scored the first six goals of the game, with Donato factoring into five of those scoring plays (1g, 4a) and Newman-Farr hitting the back of the net twice.
Duquesne chipped away to score four of the game's next 10 to close its deficit to eight, 12-4, at the halftime break.
The Hawks then opened the second half with nine straight goals to take a 21-4 advantage into the final 10:09; notably, freshman midfielder Riley Delaney scored her first collegiate goal (16:50) while junior attacker Sara Hughes scored a goal (10:09) in her season debut.
Sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Buttner (3-2, 2-0 A-10) made eight saves versus four goals allowed in the first 51:02 for her third collegiate victory between the pipes.
For the game, Saint Joseph's held a 40-21 advantage in shots, landing 29 of those shots on goal. The Hawks also won 21 of 28 draw controls for the game while the ground-ball game was even at 17-17.
Brierley scooped up four ground balls and added three caused turnovers while junior Julia Pash (4gb) and Newman-Farr (3ct) added to the defensive game. In addition to her four goals, Cerciello added eight draw controls.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host VCU this Friday, March 29. Opening draw control is set for 4:30 p.m. on Sweeney Field.