Aug. 26, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's field hockey team opened its 2011 season on Friday afternoon, falling to #18 Drexel, 4-1, at Buckley Field. Senior Therese Doyle opened her account for the season late in the first half to tally the Hawks' lone goal.
Drexel (1-0) jumped ahead early as Amanda Fleischut tallied the first of her three goals in the day just 1:43 into the contest, slamming home a pass in front of the cage from Elise DiDonato.
After conceding early, the young Hawks showed some moxie, taking the game to the nationally ranked Dragons in the offensive end and earning a pair of penalty corners. Unfortunately for SJU, Fleischut and DiDonato hooked up again with just over 11 minutes remaining in the stanza.
Just over two minutes later, Fleischut completed the natural hat trick on a penalty corner before Monica Baick extended the lead with 6:30 left in the first.
Doyle got Saint Joseph's (0-1) on the board with 4:45 to go after she corralled a Theresa Testa rebound and sent it towards the cage past an outstretched Brooke Underwood.
The senior deserved to double her scoring in the final minute of the half as she went around Underwood and had an open cage; unfortunately for Doyle, the ball rolled just out of her reach and wide of the goal.
The Dragons dominated the second half on the stat sheet, outshooting SJU 13-3 and holding a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners, but the Hawks held firm on the defensive end as Liz Messaros made six of her eight saves in the final half hour and Shannon McNeill chipped in with a defensive save to keep the potent Drexel offense at bay.
The Hawks will attempt to bounce back Saturday morning with a matchup against Fairfield. The game gets underway early, at 11:30 a.m., at Buckley Field as the teams try to beat the hurricane conditions expected later in the day.