RICHMOND, Va. - Saint Joseph's season came to a close on Friday night as the seventh seeded Hawks fell to sixth seed VCU, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship at Sports Backers Field.

In a match that featured multiple scoring opportunities on both sides, it was VCU that capitalized on its best chance as Megan Dell converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute. Dell swiftly struck the decisive blow off a handball call on the Hawks in their own box at 70:52.

Saint Joseph's would have two corner kicks from there, but could not generate a shot on goal.

Individually, junior Grace Bendon made a game-high seven saves for SJU to improve her team record for saves in the A-10 Championship to 35. 

Kasia Kwitnieski, Michaela Finneyfrock, Paige Bergman, Taylor Ryan, Bridget Galen, Lindsay Walder and Morgan Bower each recorded a shot for the Hawks.

Saint Joseph's seniors of Lauren Dimes and Walder capped their careers as the first class to advance to the A-10 Championship four-straight years. Overall, the Hawks wrap up the year with an 11-6-3 record.

The Rams (11-5-3) will face top seed La Salle on Sunday for the A-10 Championship.

Follow the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team on Instagram and Twitter and like the Hawks on Facebook.

Receive all of the latest news and info on SJU women's soccer with Hawk E-News – SIGN UP