Sept. 11, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Ellen Rowe opened the scoring in the sixth minute and freshman Jordan Martin and junior Ashlee Willis tallied goals as the Saint Joseph's field hockey team earned its first win of 2011, defeating local rival Penn, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Buckley Field. Senior Liz Messaros earned the win in the cage, making 10 saves.
Saint Joseph's (1-3) got on the board early as Rowe took a pass from Theresa Testa after a penalty corner and slotted home her fourth goal of the season to give the Hawks an early lead.
Testa added another helper with 2:19 to go in the first half as Martin scored her second of the season to double the SJU lead at the break. Testa sent another long ball towards the cage that Martin redirected past Kieran Sweeney to give the Hawks a two-goal edge.
The Hawks essentially iced the victory with an insurance goal from Willis. The junior scored the first goal of her collegiate career on a loose ball fed in front of the cage by Meghan Githens.
Penn (0-3) broke up the clean sheet with 7:49 remaining as Kirstin Snyder received a pass from Emily Corcoran and tucked it past Messaros to close out the scoring.
Messaros made 10 saves in the cage for the Hawks, while junior Abby Hoover and redshirt freshman Sara Kolobielski each notched a defensive save to help preserve the win. Sweeney added six saves for the Quakers.
The Hawks are back in action next Sunday, September 19, for a 3:30 p.m. contest with Lehigh.