Oct. 23, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Therese Doyle tallied with 26 seconds remaining but it was not enough as the Saint Joseph's field hockey team lost a tightly contested game, 2-1, to La Salle at DeVincent Field on Sunday afternoon. The goal is Doyle's career-best sixth of the season.
Colleen Kempf scored both goals for La Salle (7-9 overall, 2-2 Atlantic 10) for the first two tallies of her career.
The teams played a back and forth first half with neither squad breaking through for a goal. Saint Joseph's (5-10 overall, 0-4 Atlantic 10) held a 10-7 advantage in shots and earned six penalty corners to the Explorers' three.
It was more of the same in the early part of the second half before Kempf took a feed in front of the cage from Mariel Papa and tucked it past Liz Messaros for the first goal of the game.
Kempf struck again five minutes later, tipping a long ball from Papa into the cage, for her second of the game to double the Explorer advantage.
The Hawks kept up the offensive pressure, eventually outshooting the Explorers 17-12 for the game, but La Salle's Lisa Shaffer stood tall in goal, turning away all but one shot as Doyle picked up a rebound and chipped it into the cage with 26 seconds left on the clock to close the scoring.
Shaffer finished with nine saves while Messaros made three.
Saint Joseph's hits the road for a Friday contest at Lock Haven. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.