MERION STATION, Pa. – After falling into an early hole, the 23rd-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team scored three unanswered goals to come away with a 3-1 win over Lock Haven at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon.
Lock Haven (6-2 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) opened the scoring right away, as Alyscia Smith found the back of the cage on a loose-ball scrum to put the Bald Eagles ahead, 1-0, just over two minutes into the first half.
The Hawks had a flurry of chances in the middle of the period, forcing LHU’s Paige Stuppy into three consecutive saves, but were unable to break through until the 15:44 mark of the half. On a penalty corner, sophomore Kathrin Bentz sent a ball across the face of the cage, where freshman Jordan Olenginski was waiting to convert her second goal of the season to tie the game.
The Bald Eagles tested Victoria Kammerinke in the cage in the second half as the sophomore made three saves to keep things level before freshmen Quinn Maguire and Emily Henry connected for the eventual game-winner. Maguire grabbed a loose ball down the right side and sent a pass back towards the top of the circle for Henry, who beat Stuppy stick-side to put the Hawks on top.
Saint Joseph’s (6-2 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) added an insurance goal from freshman Nicole Kruger, who scored her first career goal after tucking home a rebound on a blocked shot from junior Anna Willocks.
Kammerinke finished the day with five saves, while Stuppy made six stops for LHU. The Hawks enjoyed a 13-8 advantage in shots and earned six corners to just one for Lock Haven.
The Hawks will take a week off from conference play as they travel to Hofstra and Columbia. Friday’s game at Hofstra is set for 4:00 p.m., while game time at Columbia is noon on Sunday.