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Junior midfielder Julia Falcone leads the team in goals (11) heading into Sunday.
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Women's Lacrosse Heads to Old Dominion on Sunday
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/12/2014

PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team (3-3) will round out a three-game road slate at Old Dominion (2-5) on Sunday, March 16. Start time at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va. is scheduled for noon.

Live streaming of the game will be available through ODUSports.com via a subscription.

Sophomore attack Emily Bowers leads the squad on the offensive end with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists while junior midfielder Julia Falcone leads the team with 11 goals on 14 total shots for a team-best .786 shot percentage heading into Sunday. Junior midfielder Hannah Hutchins (9G, 2A), senior attack Val Paolucci (9G, 3A), and freshman attack Nora McCallion (5G, 6A) have also been consistent scoring contributors.

Senior defenders Brittany Hanrahan and Allison Heath have combined for 35 ground balls, 23 draw controls, and 19 caused turnovers through six games. Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (3-3) sports an 8.76 goals-against average and .510 save percentage in 335:39.

Eight Hawks have started all six games thus far. The defensive unit has been consistent with everyday starters in Hanrahan, Heath, senior Kaitlyn McSwiggan, and sophomore Caroline Hagan while Giblin has started all six games in net. On the offensive unit, Paolucci and Bowers have consistently sparked the attacking unit while Falcone is the only midfielder to have started all six games at this point in the season.

LAST TIME OUT - Recap | Box Score
Senior attack Val Paolucci and junior midfielder Julia Falcone scored four goals apiece and sophomore attack Emily Bowers registered a team-high five points as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team picked up its first road victory of the season with a 16-5 win over Stetson at the Athletic Training Facility on Tuesday, March 11. The Hawks scored eight goals per half en route to their third win of the season. Senior defender Allison Heath dominated in the backfield as she posted six ground balls and six caused turnovers - both game highs - and added a team-high four draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (3-3) made nine saves in a full 60:00 for the win. 

SCOUTING OLD DOMINION
Old Dominion enters Sunday's game 2-5 having most recently fallen to Longwood, 16-13, on Thursday. Jessica Liberty (12G, 9A) and Emily Austerberry (13G, 6A) lead the Lady Monarchs on the offensive end while Kallie McCormick (17GB, 7DC) and Morgan Gallagher (10DGB, 10DC) have been factors defensively. Goalkeepers Maggi Buckley (1-3) and Karen Hayde (1-2) have split time in net; most recently, Buckley made 14 saves in 49:13 in Old Dominion's loss to Longwood. The Lady Monarchs average 10.43 goals per game on 26.0 shots per game

SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE LADY MONARCHS
Saint Joseph’s will look for its first program win against Old Dominion on Sunday as the Hawks currently stand 0-6 all-time against the Lady Monarchs.

On March 17 of last season, Saint Joseph’s fell at home, 9-7. Down 9-2 with 16:48 remaining in regulation, the Hawks exploded for five unanswered goals, with three coming from midfielder Julia Falcone, to pull to within two goals, 9-7, but that score would stand as time expired.

MILESTONE WATCH: PAOLUCCI, BOWERS
Senior attack Val Paolucci is just seven points shy of 100 for her career as the senior standout owns 93 career points on 69 goals and 24 assists entering Sunday's game at Old Dominion. Thanks in part to her school-recording breaking performance of seven assists against Delaware State, sophomore attack Emily Bowers sits just two helpers away from cracking SJU's top-ten list for assists in a single season.

HOME SWEET HOME
Saint Joseph’s will return home for five of the next six games and will begin the homestand by hosting Campbell next Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. The Hawks are currently 2-0 at home and have outscored their opponents 35-12.

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