MERION STATION, Pa. – Senior Pepa Serrano notched her first collegiate hat trick as the Saint Joseph's field hockey team rolled past Saint Louis, 7-1, at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Right out of the gate, the 10th-ranked Hawks took control with a four-goal first quarter.  Serrano scored her first of the day less than three minutes into the game on a pass from Emily Peters on a penalty corner.  Tonya Botherway added one in the seventh minute, before Serrano returned to favor to set up Peters.  The pair linked up one more time with 1:14 to play in the frame on another corner.

• Saint Louis (0-10 overall, 0-4 Atlantic 10) got on the board on a corner with 10 minutes to play in the second quarter, as Erin McClelland scored her first goal of the season after a corner.

• Saint Joseph's (10-1 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) answered quickly as Carolina Boxer tallied her first goal as a Hawk, spinning and firing past SLU goalkeeper Sasha Sander to restore the four-goal edge.

• Serrano finished off her hat trick with 40 seconds to go in the first half as she picked up a loose ball and sent it high into the cage for a 6-1 halftime lead.

• The Hawks controlled possession in the second half to see off the win, with Kacie Patton adding an exclamation point with just over five minutes remaining on a pass from Jess Maute.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• The Hawks outshot the Billikens for the day, 26-1, with a 16-1 advantage in shots on target.  Sander made nine saves.

• SJU earned eight attacking corners to one for the Billikens; five of those came in the first quarter, and three of them led to goals.

Victoria Kammerinke got the start in the cage for SJU, but freshman Robin Bleekemolen played the second half in her collegiate debut.  She becomes the first goalkeeper to play for the Hawks in the cage other than Kammerinke since October 29, 2016.

• Serrano finished the day with seven points, while Peters had four and Boxer added three.  Maute's assist was the first of her career.

HAWK TALK
"We were really going after it because we wanted to do what we've been doing during the week," Serrano said.  "Scoring four goals in the first quarter is pretty positive.  We just need to keep it up for the entire game.

"We love playing at home; we know we're pretty strong [at home], and we took advantage of that."

UP NEXT
The Hawks are idle until Sunday, when they host Saint Francis (Pa.) at Ellen Ryan Field.  Game time is set for noon.


Saint Louis (0-10, 0-4)           0     1     0     0   –   1
Saint Joseph's (10-1, 3-0)      4     2     0     1   –   7

SJU: Serrano (3), Botherway, Peters, Boxer, Patton
SLU: McClelland

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