RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke shattered her career high with 15 saves on Friday afternoon while freshman forward Quinn Maguire totaled five points as the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team blanked VCU, 4-0, at Cary Street Field.

Kammerinke made nine saves in the first half – matching her previous career high – including three in quick succession near the end of the period.  She added six more as the Rams pressed for some offense, but in the end, Kammerinke posted her fourth shutout of the season.

After a back-and-forth opening to the game that had both goalkeepers fairly busy, freshman Emily Henry opened the scoring with 9:43 to go in the first half.  Henry took a pass from Maguire and slipped a shot underneath VCU’s Chessa Kownurko for her seventh goal of the season and a 1-0 SJU lead.

Saint Joseph’s (9-2 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) would then take a 2-0 lead into halftime as junior Anna Willocks put home her seventh of the season with 94 seconds remaining in the frame.

Maguire extended the lead shortly after the break, tipping a ball from sophomore Kathrin Bentz past Kownurko a little more than four minutes into the half.

VCU (8-2 overall, 2-1 Atlantic 10) grabbed the game by the horns at that point, ratcheting up the offensive pressure and earning six penalty corner attempts in a five-minute stretch, but Kammerinke and the Hawk defense stood tall and kept the sheet clean.

The Hawks would strike again on the counter, as Maguire sent home her eighth of the season with 11:44 to play to push the margin to 4-0.  The Rams would force Kammerinke into three more saves, and the Hawks held the Rams without a shot over the final nine minutes, despite playing down two players for nearly two minutes due to green cards.

“Our mission today was to play a solid 70 minutes of team hockey, and we stuck to the game plan,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “VCU has had an outstanding start to the season and challenged us to play through different spaces.  Our backfield handled the aggressive VCU pressure, the midfield stayed dynamic, and the forward line finished.  It was a true team effort.”

Saint Joseph’s remains in town to face Richmond on Sunday afternoon.  Game time is set for noon at Crenshaw Field.

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