PHILADELPHIA – Coming off of three consecutive road wins, the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team (4-2) returns home to host Richmond (1-5) this Saturday, March 15. Opening face-off at Sweeney Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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In conjunction with the SJU Alumni Association, the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program will host its annual Alumni and Family Day on Saturday. A postgame reception for alumni and their families will be held at the Landmark Americana Tap and Grill located on North 54th Street at 3:00 p.m. For more details, please contact Liz Fritchman at 610-660-3203 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To RSVP online, visit alumni.sju.edu/mlax.
The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse program will also host two local youth programs - Haverford Blaze and Ashbee Youth - following Saturday's game on Sweeney Field.
LEADING THE WAY
Two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Week redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee leads the team in points (24), goals (16), assists (8), shots (57) and shots on goal (27) heading into SJU’s second home game of the season this Saturday. McGee has registered two or more goals in each of the Hawks’ six games this season.
Junior midfielder Mike Dougherty (9G, 7A) and sophomore attackman Matt Blasco (9G, 4A) also add to the offensive unit while defensemen John Winchell (19GB) and Will Farrell (11GB, 10CT) anchor SJU’s backfield. Senior midfielder Will Abbott has seen a majority of SJU's opportunities at the X and sports a .517 percentage (30-of-58); all three of SJU’s face-off specialists own over .500 averages.
Junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen posted a perfect 2-0 week in net for the Hawks, making a combined 16 saves while allowing 14 goals in a full 120:00. Keen owns a .531 save percentage in 225:00 while his 8.00 goals-against average ranks him 12th nationally.
STARTING IT UP
Saint Joseph's 4-2 overall record is the best program record through six games since the 2000 team won its first six games of the season. Additionally, SJU's current 3-2 road record through its first five road games is the program's best road record through its first five games since the 2000 team went 3-2 on the road to open the season.
LAST TIME OUT
This past Sunday, March 9, the Hawks downed Robert Morris, 11-8, in Northeast Conference action at Joe Walton Stadium. Four Hawks tallied two goals apiece and junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen made 10 saves. Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee (2G, 3A) and freshman attackman Michael Rastivo (2G, 1A) led the way on the offensive attack for the Hawks while midfielders Johnny Simanski and Mike Dougherty added two tallies each.
Richmond (1-5, 0-1 Atlantic Sun) enters Saturday’s game having earned its first program win over Vermont, 12-11, on Saturday, March 8. Brad Burnam (3G, 3A) led seven Spiders in scoring while Peter Moran went .560 (14-of-25) from the face-off. Benny Pugh (1-3) made 12 saves in a full 60:00.
On the season, Richmond has three players with 10-plus points in Mitchell Goldberg (14G, 5A), Burnam (6G, 12A), and J.P. Forester (10G) and also has three defensive players with 20-plus ground balls in Brendan Hynes (24), Moran (23) and Jackson Cabot (20). Moran owns a .434 percentage (56-of-129) from the face-off and Hynes ranks fourth nationally in caused turnovers per game (4.0). Pugh has split time in net with Conor Shannon as both have seen an even 180:00; Pugh owns the better numbers with a 12.33 goals-against average and .471 save percentage.
The Spiders average 9.33 goals per game on 31 shots and are .379 (11-of-29) in EMOs. Richmond has lost three of its five losses by two goals or less, including falling by just one goal to #7 Virginia, 13-12, in the program’s opener back on February 8.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE SPIDERS
As Richmond is a first-year program on the Division I level, Saturday’s meeting will mark the first between the Saint Joseph’s Hawks and Richmond Spiders.
MILESTONE WATCH: MCGEE
Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee currently owns 87 career points on 58 goals and 29 assists to sit just 13 points shy of 100 for his career. With 58 career goals, McGee is just 12 tallies shy of cracking SJU's all-time record list for career goals while his 199 career shots are 11 shots shy of cracking SJU's all-time record list for career shots.