Oct. 30, 2011
MERION STATION, Pa. - Two second half goals scored three minutes apart gave the Saint Joseph's field hockey team a 3-1 win over Saint Louis on Sunday at Ellen Ryan Field. Senior Theresa Testa notched the winner 10 minutes into the period while junior Meghan Githens tallied an insurance goal on a rebound to pad the lead and help the Hawks end the season on a winning note.
Those seniors played a huge role as Saint Joseph's (6-11 overall, 1-5 Atlantic 10) dominated the run of play, outshooting the Billikens 28-5 for the game and holding a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Despite the Hawks maintaining the majority of the pressure, it was Saint Louis (3-16 overall, 0-6 Atlantic 10) that scored first as Nicole Kent scored her fifth of the season to give SLU a 1-0 lead 8:37 into the game. On the play, Messaros came out to the top of the circle in an attempt to break up the play; Kent managed to dribble around her and deposit the ball into the cage for the early lead.
After the early hiccup, however, it was all Crimson and Gray. Rowe tallied her 10th goal of the season, a new career-high, on a tipped pass from sophomore Jordan Cotter to equalize with 6:09 to play in the first half.
With that goal, the 23rd of her career, Rowe moved into a tie for ninth all-time in career goals scored in program history.
Ten minutes after the break, Testa intercepted a pass at the 25-yard line and moved into the circle, where she unleashed a blast from the top of the arc that sailed right past Billiken goalkeeper Megan Ambrose and into the cage to give the Hawks their first lead of the day.
The goal was the sixth of the year for Testa, doubling her previous career best, and moved her into second on the team in scoring for 2011. Her 15 career assists tie her for 10th in SJU history as well.
Three minutes later, Githens picked up a rebound in front of the cage and slammed it home to extend the margin to 3-1, where it would stay for the rest of the afternoon.
Messaros finished the contest with a pair of saves, while Ambrose stopped 11 shots for the Billikens in defeat.
The win marks the end of the 2011 campaign for the Hawks.