The Saint Joseph's field hockey team, ranked 14th in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, hits the road this weekend for a pair of matchups in New York. The Hawks will visit 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Friday night before taking on unbeaten Cornell on Sunday afternoon.
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• Saint Joseph's (3-0) moved up three spots in this week's Coaches Poll after opening the season with three wins. The Hawks opened the campaign with a record-breaking 9-1 win at Hofstra before downing Drexel, 4-1, in their home opener and topping #19 Rutgers, 2-1, on Sunday.
• In the win at Hofstra, the Hawks set a new program record for goals in a game; the previous mark of eight had been hit four times previously.
• On Sunday, junior Jordan Olenginski gave the Hawks an early lead, but RU's Austyn Cuneo tied the game less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Midway through the final frame, senior Pepa Serrano sent a ball across the cage that freshman Kacie Patton tipped home; the goal was both a game-winner and a record-breaker, as the assist was the 35th of Serrano's career, breaking the record previously held by Anna Willocks '19.
• Hawks earned a share of all three Atlantic 10 weekly honors on Monday, as Olenginski was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after a three-point weekend, senior Kathrin Bentz earned her second consecutive Defensive Player of the Week honor with three points in the win over Drexel, and Patton's game-winner secured her Co-Rookie of the Week laurels.
• Bentz, Serrano, and sophomore Tonya Botherway lead the Hawks with six points apiece; Botherway's three goals are a team-high, while Bentz checks in with two goals and two assists, and Serrano has a goal to go with a league-leading four assists.
• Olenginski has totaled five points on the season, with two goals and one assist, while Patton and senior Emily Sayre have potted two goals each. A grand total of nine Hawks have found the back of the cage through the season's first three games.
• As a result of that balanced and frequent scoring, SJU leads the nation in goals per game (5.00), points per game (13.67), scoring average (5.00) and scoring margin (4.00); the Hawks also rank second with 3.67 assists per game.
• Senior Victoria Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage for Saint Joseph's, notching a 1.00 goals against average and a .727 save percentage.
• Syracuse (3-1) slipped five spots in the most recent poll after falling at Cornell, 2-1, last Saturday. The hosts took a 2-0 lead into halftime before Charlotte de Vries pulled one back for the Orange early in the fourth quarter, but Syracuse would not get any closer.
• The Orange had opened the season 3-0, with wins over Vermont, UMass Lowell, and Lafayette.
• De Vries is the squad's leading scorer with five goals and 11 points. Both Laura Graziosi and Carolin Hoffmann have netted a goal and an assist for three points apiece.
• Sarah Sinck has made all four starts in the cage for the Orange, posting a 1.79 GAA while making 22 saves and notching one shutout. Syd Taylor has appeared in two games off the bench, turning in a 1.06 GAA.
• The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 1-1; the Orange earned a 3-0 home win in 1997, while the Hawks claimed a 5-2 win at Ellen Ryan Field on October 27 of last season.
• Cornell (2-0) opened its season with a pair of home wins last weekend, topping Syracuse, 2-1, before notching a 3-2 double-overtime win over Lock Haven on Sunday. Just 55 seconds into the second extra frame, Claire Jones batted home a pass from Maddy Conklin to give the Big Red the win. Jones would go on to be named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.
• Jones and Caroline Ramsey each totaled four points on two goals over the weekend to lead Cornell in scoring. Conklin recorded a goal and an assist in the win over Lock Haven and has three points on the season.
• Maddie Henry was in the cage for the duration of both games, turning away seven shots and posting a 1.37 GAA.
• The Hawks and Big Red have met twice before, with Cornell getting the win both times. This is the first meeting between the two schools in Ithaca, N.Y., as both previous matchups were home games for SJU.