DELAND, Fla. – Senior attack Val Paolucci and junior midfielder Julia Falcone scored four goals apiece and sophomore attack Emily Bowers registered a team-high five points as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team picked up its first road victory of the season with a 16-5 win over Stetson at the Athletic Training Facility on Tuesday evening. The Hawks scored eight goals per half en route to their third win of the season.
Saint Joseph's (3-3) jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage as Bowers found sophomore attack Bianca Angstadt for the game's first goal at the 20:32 mark and dished out another assist to Paolucci just 27 seconds later.
Stetson (0-8) would respond as Danielle Horgan netted a goal with 16:54 remaining in the first half, but the Hawks then scored six unanswered goals, with three coming from Paolucci, to take a 8-1 leading into halftime.
After assisting on Falcone's tally to close the first half, freshman attack Nora McCallion scored her own goal just 1:26 into the second to extend SJU's lead, 9-1.
Stetson's Paige Levesque registered the Hatters' second goal of the game at the 26:56 mark to close the deficit to seven goals, 9-2, but Bowers tallied back-to-back unassisted goals to further extend the Hawks' lead, 11-2.
The Hatters then scored their only pair of consecutive unanswered goals at the 22:31 and 21:19 marks to pull to within seven goals, but Falcone exploded for three of SJU's next four goals to push SJU to 15-4.
Stetson and Saint Joseph's alternated on the game's final pair of goals and that score, 16-5, would stand in favor of the Hawks as time expired.
For the game, Saint Joseph's owned advantages in shots (26-14) and ground balls (30-17) and held a slight edge in draw controls (12-11). Saint Joseph's caused 25 Stetson turnovers, with 11 of those turnovers coming from failed clears as the SJU defensive unit stifled the Hatters in clear attempts (9-of-20). The Hawks also converted 4-of-6 FPS.
Paolucci (4G) and Falcone (4G) led the Hawks in scoring while Bowers boasted a team-best five points on two goals and three assists. Paolucci took four shots and Bowers took two as both attacks recorded perfect 1.000 shot percentages on the day. Bowers has now scored at least one point in 11 consecutive games, dating back to April 7 of last season. Sophomore defender Kelly Phelan tallied two free-position goals while McCallion tallied a goal and three assists in the win. Freshman midfielder Sarah Smith also recorded her first collegiate points with a goal and assist.
Senior defender Allison Heath dominated in the backfield as she posted six ground balls and six caused turnovers - both game highs - and added a team-high four draw controls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (3-3) made nine saves in a full 60:00 for the win.
The Hawks return to action at Old Dominion on Sunday, March 16. Game time in Norfolk, Va. is scheduled for noon.