MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph's field hockey team overcame both the elements and crosstown rival Drexel on Friday afternoon, earning a 4-1 win on a rainy day at Ellen Ryan Field.  Senior captain Kathrin Bentz led the way for the Hawks with a goal and an assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED
It was a quiet start for both teams, but the 17th-ranked Hawks would eventually break through in the final two minutes of the opening stanza as freshman Katy Benton took a pass from senior Courtney Gerber for her first collegiate goal.

• Shortly after the quarter break, Bentz converted on a penalty corner to double the Hawk lead.  Five minutes later, senior Emily Sayre got a stick on a ball from Bentz and tipped it home for her second goal of the season and a 3-0 halftime lead for the hosts.

• Drexel got one back midway through the third as Chandler McFeeley found Puk Thewessen on a corner opportunity to make it a 3-1 game.

• Senior Emily Peters would close out the scoring a minute into the fourth, connecting on a ball that had tipped high in the air; Peters slammed it into the back of the cage for her first goal of the season to essentially seal the win for SJU.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
Senior Pepa Serrano assisted on Bentz's goal in the second quarter.  It was the 34th assist of her Hawk career, tying the program record.

• The Hawks held the Dragons to just a single shot in each half, finishing with a 13-2 margin on the day.  For the season, SJU has outshot its two opponents by a combined total of 43-3.

HAWK TALK
"It was great to play at home again," Bentz said after the game.  "It was amazing, finishing off a goal and having an assist, but in the end, it's all the outcome of our practice.  We've had a good start so far to our season, and we just have to keep on working and keep on going."

UP NEXT
It will be a battle of ranked teams on Sunday afternoon as the 17th-ranked Hawks meet #19 Rutgers at Ellen Ryan Field.  Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.; the contest will be streamed live in the United States on ESPN+ and internationally on the Atlantic 10 Network.


Drexel                  0     0     1     0   –   1
Saint Joseph's     1     2     0     1   –   4

SJU: Benton, Bentz, Sayre, Peters
DREX: Thewessen


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