PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team (4-10, 1-4 A-10) will close out the regular season with a pair of Atlantic 10 road games this weekend. The Hawks will first travel to Fairfax, Va. to face George Mason (7-7, 1-4 A-10) this Friday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. and then to Washington, D.C. to compete against George Washington (6-8, 2-3 A-10) on Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Live streaming of both home games will be available on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.
Heading into the final weekend of Atlantic 10 action, UMass (14-1, 5-0 A-10) currently tops the conference, followed by Duquesne, Richmond, La Salle, George Washington, George Mason, Saint Joseph's, and St. Bonaventure.
Senior defender Brittany Hanrahan leads the back line with 38 ground balls while classmate Allison Heath leads the team with 28 draw controls to go with 23 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. Hanrahan and Heath have combined with senior Kaitlyn McSwiggan and sophomore Caroline Hagan for 85 of the team's total 182 caused turnovers as the Hawks rank second nationally in caused turnovers per game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (4-10, 1-4 A-10) sports a 10.37 goals-against average and .435 save percentage in 827:31.
The Hawks average 9.00 goals per game on 23.1 shots.SCOUTING GEORGE MASON (7-7, 1-4 A-10)
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE PATRIOTS
The Hawks are 1-7 all-time against Atlantic 10 newcomer George Mason.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON (6-8, 2-3 A-10)
The Colonials will face La Salle in Atlantic 10 action on Friday, April 25 before hosting the Hawks on Sunday. George Washington has dropped five of its last seven but enters Friday's game against the Explorers coming off of a 14-7 win over George Mason. Jamie Bumgardner (25G, 34A) and Rachel Mia (33G, 1A) lead the Colonials' offense while Mackenzie Jones (5-7) has made 12 of 14 starts and owns a 12.22 goals-against average and .373 save percentage in 652:54. The Colonials average 11.57 goals per game on 26.5 shots.
SERIES HISTORY AGAINST THE COLONIALS
The Hawks are 3-9 all-time against George Washington.
LAST TIME OUT – La Salle 9, Saint Joseph's 4
La Salle jumped out to a 4-0 run and held on for the eventual 9-4 win last Friday, April 18 at McCarthy Stadium. Junior midfielders Hannah Hutchins and Julia Falcone, junior attack Hallie Pickard, and freshman attack Nora McCallion scored for the Hawks while sophomore midfielder Courtney Emanuele dished out two helpers.
MILESTONE WATCH: PAOLUCCI, BOWERS
Senior attack Val Paolucci is just two points shy of 100 for her career as the senior standout owns 98 career points on 73 goals and 25 assists entering Friday's game against Richmond. Additionally, Paolucci's 25 career assists set her just four helpers shy of cracking SJU’s all-time career assists list.
Thanks in part to her school-recording breaking performance of seven assists against Delaware State in February 27, sophomore attack Emily Bowers owns 20 assists at this point in the season and ties for sixth with Lindsay-Kate McCool '06 on SJU’s all-time list for assists in a single-season.
STARTING IT UP
Six Hawks have started all 14 games thus far. The defensive unit has been consistent with everyday starters in seniors Brittany Hanrahan, Allison Heath, and Kaitlyn McSwiggan alongside sophomore Caroline Hagan while sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin has started all 14 games in net. On the offensive unit, junior midfielder Julia Falcone has tallied a team-best 25 goals in her 14 starts.
HOME SWEET HOME: SWEENEY FIELD DEDICATION
Saint Joseph’s University formally dedicated Sweeney Field during a ceremony prior to the men's lacrosse game against Bryant on Saturday, April 5. The dramatic expansion of the field includes the addition of 2,300 seats, a stone facade featuring bronze Hawk statues, protective netting, a full-service press box and enhanced sound system.
Formerly Finnesey Field, the new name recognizes the contributions of Sean S. Sweeney ’94 (MBA), a member of the University’s Board of Trustees and the lead benefactor to the expansion project, which significantly enhances the gameday experience for student-athletes, fans and friends. Originally opened in 1929, the field currently serves as the home of Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse, in addition to the men's varsity lacrosse team and men’s and women’s varsity soccer team.