MERION STATION, Pa. – Seven different scorers highlighted a dominant performance as the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team routed Saint Francis (Pa.), 8-0, at Ellen Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon. Junior Anna Willocks netted two goals and six points while tying the school record for career assists as the Hawks also matched the program record for goals scored in a game.
“I was really proud of the team effort today,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “We strung together our best performance in regards to consistent play and adapting to use the free space.”
Saint Francis (7-5 overall, 3-1 Atlantic 10) was able to keep the Hawk offense at bay early, holding SJU to just two shots over the game’s first 15 minutes, but it was freshman Quinn Maguire who opened the scoring with 19:25 to go in the half after she dribbled through the defense and beat SFU goalkeeper Elizabeth Dyer.
Four minutes later, sophomore Corinne Gerber scored her first career goal, deflecting Willocks’ corner attempt to double the SJU advantage. Willocks then got on the board herself, getting open near the left post and turning a pass from freshman Emily Henry into a 3-0 halftime lead.
Saint Joseph’s (11-3 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) kept the foot on the gas pedal in the second half as freshman Jordan Olenginski scored her second goal in as many days after Henry found her on a corner play less than three minutes into the half.
Willocks bagged her second of the day and the 50th of her career three minutes later, as junior Monica Tice intercepted a long ball from the Red Flash defense and found Willocks in the circle; Willocks sent a rocket into the bottom right corner to up the advantage to five and chase Dyer from the game.
Sophomore Pepa Serrano followed up 76 seconds later with her first goal of the season. Willocks earned the assist; it was her 10th of the season and the 26th of her career, tying her for the program’s all-time assist mark.
The Hawks would tally two more goals on the afternoon, both on penalty corner opportunities. Sophomore Kathrin Bentz had her blast deflected into the cage by junior Joely Helder to make it a 7-0 game with 21:03 to go before freshman Emily Peters converted on another Bentz attempt at the 13:01 mark.
Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke wasn’t tested on the afternoon, and the Hawk defense pitched its fifth shutout of the season. Dyer and substitute Claudia Marzec each made four stops for the Red Flash.
The eight goals match the single-game program record originally set against Robert Morris on September 12, 2004, and matched on September 25, 2015, against Saint Louis. All three games ended in 8-0 home victories for the Hawks.
“We re-evaluated our goals that we set in the preseason and took a look back and evaluated how we got where we are today and where we want to go moving forward,” Farquhar said. “Saint Francis has had a great season so far, and we were exciting to play good competition. We know all of our Atlantic 10 matches are going to be challenging, so it’s really about focusing on our game plan and executing.”
The Hawks are back in action on Friday, October 13, when they visit crosstown rival La Salle before hosting defending national champion Delaware the following day.