Courtesy Katherine Kranefeld, SJU Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team (2-4) heads down to Emmitsburg, Md. to face off against Mount St. Mary’s (0-4) this Sunday, March 19. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.
*Note - This game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Sunday's game will mark the second all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Mount St. Mary's and the first since March 27, 1996, when the Hawks posted a 15-1 victory in Emmitsburg, Md.
The Hawks started off the season with three home matches before heading off to the west coast. The season opener against American University had the Hawks grab their first win (15-7), which is the first time since 2013 they have started off the season with a win. SJU then fell to Temple and Villanova. While soaking up some sun in Cali., the Hawks grabbed a one goal win against California, 18-17, and suffered a one-goal loss (12-13) against San Diego State.
Back to the snow for Saint Joseph’s on Thursday, March 16, SJU hosted #19/16 Duke. Starting off with a 4-0 lead in the first 14 minutes, the Crimson and Gray dominated. Aggressive Duke, however, tied it up with their own 4-0 run. Fighting for a lead, both teams went back and forth until the second half where the Blue Devils had 18 shots, getting nine to find the back of the cage. In comparison, the Hawks only had eight shots, with half finding the back of the cage.
Senior attacker Nora McCallion (15g, 9a) scored a very special goal with 17:53 remaining in the first half, the 100th of her career. McCallion is currently ranked 7th in the career records at Saint Joseph’s for goals scored. With 11 regular season games left, 171 is the record to beat to be on top.
Sophomore Rebecca Lane (16g, 11a) is one of 10 Hawks that has started every game this season. Others include McCallion, freshman attacker Hope Anhut, senior midfielder Maggie Egan, sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol, freshman midfielder Julia Pash, senior defender Kristen Kelbon, junior midfielder Dana Garbinski, sophomore midfielder Ally Beck, and junior midfielder Kate Payne. Lane leads the team with points (27), assists (11), and shots (40). Anhut leads the Crimson and Gray with goals (19) and has 27 shots on goal with a .900 percentage.
Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (1-3) has played the last four games for the Hawks and has held back 33 shots against some tough opponents. Helping out on defense is Kelbon who leads with 10 ground balls and matches a team high eight caused turnovers.
The Mount has opened this season with four straight losses to Longwood (13-10), UMBC (16-7), Niagara (15-11), and Furman (13-11). The Mount averages 9.75 goals per game with 15.5 shots per game.
Senior midfielder Sammie Knapp (10g, 3a) is who leads with goals for the Mount, while freshman Kate Kinsella (7g, 8a) and sophomore Taylor Carhart (7g, 7a) are two attackers who also contribute. Sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Petito (0-4) has a 33.3 save percentage and 14.98 goals against average.