MERION STATION, Pa. – Junior Jordan Martin notched a goal and two assists and freshmen Marin Vreeburg tallied the first two goals of her career as the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team defeated the rival Villanova Wildcats, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Ellen Ryan Field. Freshmen Nadia de Vries and Kerri Turk scored their first career goals in the game as well.
The win is the third straight for the Hawks over the Wildcats, marking the longest winning streak in the series for SJU since the Hawks won three in a row from 1994 to 1996.
Saint Joseph’s (2-7) struck first as Martin dribbled down the left side and into the circle before sending a low blast past Villanova goalkeeper Jenna Allen for a 1-0 lead with 16 minutes to play in the first half.
Martin set up SJU’s second goal with 3:14 to play in the period as her long pass found Vreeburg all alone in front of the cage. The freshman converted to double the Hawk lead.
Villanova (3-7) got back within one at the break as Jessica Swoboda tipped a long shot past SJU’s Amelia Deibler on a penalty corner with no time left on the clock.
SJU extended the lead to 5-1 by scoring three goals in a seven-minute span early in the second half. Martin started off the barrage by sending a pass across the front of the cage for de Vries, who redirected it past Allen with 27:29 to play.
Two and a half minutes later, Allen saved a shot off the stick of Vreeburg, but Tori Popinko picked up the loose ball and sent it back to Vreeburg, who notched her second of the game to push the margin to three.
Turk closed the ledger for Saint Joseph’s with 20:32 on the clock when her long shot from the right wing found the back of the cage.
Lauren Wilson added two quick goals for the Wildcats to tighten things up, but Deibler and the Hawk defense locked down the Villanova offense to preserve the victory.
Deibler finished the day with eight saves, earning the win in her first career start. Allen made four for the Wildcats.
Saint Joseph’s will look to make it two in a row as the Hawks host Rider on Friday. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ellen Ryan Field.