MERION STATION, Pa. – Three first-half goals set the tone as the 15th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team upset #10 Delaware, 4-2, at Ellen Ryan Field on Friday afternoon. It is the third consecutive win over a top-10 Blue Hens squad for SJU.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph's (5-1) opened the scoring on its first shot of the day as senior Pepa Serrano fed freshman Kacie Patton with a long ball from outside the circle. Patton turned and fired it home for an early 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
• Junior Sara Hayes doubled the lead early in the second as she tipped home a pass from sophomore Tonya Botherway after a two-on-one. The teams looked like they were headed into the break at 2-0, but junior Jordan Olenginski went in on a breakaway in the final seconds, rifling a high shot past UD's Sydney Rhodes to extend the SJU lead to 3-0 at halftime.
• The Hawks essentially put the game on ice with 8:19 to play in the fourth as Serrano sent a pass through the defense and junior Emily Henry tipped it up and in for her second goal in as many games and a 4-0 lead for the Crimson and Gray.
• Delaware (5-1) did not go down without a fight, scoring twice in the late stages to cut the Hawk lead in half; Kate Gourley notched her first of the year with 5:23 to go before Ashlyn Carr scored her second three minutes later to set the final margin.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• Serrano's two assists give her six on the season, good for first in the Atlantic 10.
• Senior Victoria Kammerinke made four saves in the cage for the Hawks, while Rhodes made four of her own for the Blue Hens.
• SJU enjoyed a 13-9 advantage in shots, while Delaware held a slight 3-2 edge in corner opportunities.
• The Hawks have now topped Delaware in each of the last three seasons; the Blue Hens have been ranked in the top 10 each time. Henry tipped home the game-winner as SJU earned a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Ellen Ryan Field in 2017 against the then-defending national champion and eighth-ranked Blue Hens, while a year ago, Anna Willocks tallied the game's lone goal in the second half as the Hawks passed an early-season test with a 1-0 road win against ninth-ranked UD.
"I was proud of our mindset; we flipped the switch from [going to] class to the field right away, and you can see that with the energy and passion with which we played our own game," head coach Lynn Farquhar said. "There was also a really cool commitment this week to getting better, which is what we learned quite a bit from our New York journey [last weekend]. Our speed picked up, as did our ability to move the ball and attack the spaces that were part of our game plan.
"I'm really excited about the team hockey element. I've been proud that in our rotations we've been maintaining a high level, and that has been key. Our backfield is continuing to improve every game and overall, the team's structure and willingness to work for each other [have been key elements]."
The Hawks are set to host crosstown rival Penn on Sunday afternoon. Game time is set for noon at Ellen Ryan Field.
Delaware (5-1) 0 0 0 2 – 2
Saint Joseph's (5-1) 1 2 0 1 – 4
SJU: Patton, Hayes, Olenginski, Henry
UD: Gourley, Carr
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