PHILADLEPHIA – Trailing by one with just under three minutes to play, graduate student Mallory Grey assisted on the equalizer (2:50) and went on to score the game-winning goal (1:22) as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad earned an 18-17 win over VCU in Atlantic 10 action on Sweeney Field on Thursday evening. With the win, the Hawks improve to 7-5 overall (3-1 A-10) while the Rams fall to 5-8 overall (1-4 A-10).
Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane tallied eight points, including the 100th of her career, on a career-high six goals and two assists while senior attacker Nora McCallion, who scored the equalizer, registered eight points on four goals and a career-high four assists. Sophomore attacker Francesca Donato chipped in two goals and an assist and matched a game-high four ground balls.
Trailing 14-8 with 26:02 to play, the Hawks exploded for eight of the game's next 10 scores with a pair of four-goal runs from Lane (25:39, 23:37), sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol (21:47), and Donato (19:02) and freshman midfielder Penny Green (9:26), Lane (7:45) McCallion (6:01), and junior midfielder Aly Gormley to equalize the scoring, 16-16, entering the final 4:30 of regulation.
VCU's Isabella Evans-Riester tucked away an eight meter goal with 3:18 to play to put the Rams back up by one, but Grey found McCallion on the equalizer at the 2:50 mark to knot the game, 17-17.
With 1:22 to play, Green found Grey, who fired off a complete rocket into the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal.
For the game, Saint Joseph's held a 41-31 edge in shots, propelled by a 26-12 advantage in the second half. The Ram held a 23-17 edge in ground balls while the Hawks earned 21 of the game's 36 draw controls - 12 of which came in the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (6-4, 3-1 A-10) made five stops in the full 60:00.
VCU's Sky Hyatt finished the day with eight points and pushed the Rams out to a 5-1 lead midway through the first half on four of the Rams' first five goals of the day.
The Hawks battled back by scoring three of the next five goals of the game, as Donato found McCallion (13:02), McCallion found Donato (11:08), and Gormley put away an eight meter to bring SJU to within three goals, 7-4, at the 7:49 mark.
From that point, VCU went on a 5-3 run to close out the half.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Saturday, April 15 against La Salle (6-7, 2-3 A-10). Start time is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
GAME NOTES: SJU improves to 2-0 all-time against VCU and has scored 33 combined goals in those two meetings... With her eight-point effort, sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane reached 100 career points (60g, 40a) through just 26 career games for an average of just under four points per contest... Lane's two assists bring her into sole possession of seventh in all-time career assists (40) on Hawk Hill... Senior attacker Nora McCallion's eight-point effort brings her just one point away from tying with Kerry O'Connell '06 for third (169) in all-time career points at SJU... McCallion's four goals tie her for sixth all-time (117) with Kristin Teklinsky '04... McCallion's four assists put her at 51 for her career, just five away from tying with Meghan McDevitt '13 for fourth all-time.