RICHMOND, Va. – Carolina Boxer's goal with 2:59 remaining in the fourth quarter propelled the 13th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lock Haven in the semifinals of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship at Crenshaw Field on Friday.
With the win, the Hawks will play in their fourth consecutive conference title game on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Lock Haven (11-8) struck first as Kayla Brathwaite put the game's first shot into the cage for an early 1-0 lead after just four minutes.
• The remainder of the first half saw a total of four shots apiece, but no more goals as the Bald Eagles took their slim lead into the halftime break.
• The Hawks found themselves on the front foot, but were unable to make it pay off until the closing minutes. On a penalty corner, Bentz fired in toward the cage and Boxer redirected it past Joaquina Orlandini for the goal that would turn out to be the winner.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• The Hawks enjoyed a 14-7 advantage in shots, including a 10-4 margin in the second half. SJU doubled up Lock Haven on penalty corners as well, 8-4; both Hawk goals came as a result of corner opportunities.
• The top two keepers in the league met up in this one, with Second Team selection Victoria Kammerinke making a pair of saves and Orlandini, the First Team honoree, making five stops.
• Bentz's two assists give her 15 on the season, which ties the program record set by Nicole Antonini in 2004.
• Saint Joseph's will appear in its fourth consecutive conference championship game on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm really happy; the whole team is really excited," Boxer said after the game. "We tried to keep our heads up. We know we are strong; we worked really hard to be here, so we kept on fighting to the last minute."
The Hawks await the winner of Friday's second semifinal between second-seeded Massachusetts and third-seeded Richmond. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Crenshaw Field.