Sept. 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - In a tight game on Sunday afternoon, it was a pair of career firsts that made the difference. Junior Meghan Githens tallied her first career goal with just under 11 minutes to go and senior Liz Messaros posted her first career shutout as the Saint Joseph's field hockey team earned a 1-0 win over Lehigh at Buckley Field.
With 10:57 remaining in the second half, senior Ellen Rowe inserted a penalty corner for the Hawks. Senior Theresa Testa received the pass and sent the ball towards Githens, who tipped the pass past Lehigh's Sierra Segear and into the cage for all the offense that the Hawks would need.
The goal is the first of Githens' career; the assist by Testa is the senior's team-leading six of the season.
Messaros tallied just two saves in a dominant effort by the Hawk defense, but both were crucial in a one-goal match. Late in the second half, with SJU nursing the lead, the Mountain Hawks had a goal-scoring opportunity after a penalty corner, but Messaros sprawled across the front of the cage to knock the ball out of bounds and neutralize the threat.
Segear stood out in the cage as well for Lehigh, making 14 saves on the day.
Saint Joseph's (2-4) held a 12-1 advantage in shots in the second half and outshot the Mountain Hawks 25-5 for the game. SJU also had the edge in penalty corners, earning 11, while Lehigh (1-6) managed three.
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. start against Delaware. The game is currently slated to be the first played at the new Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus.