PHILADELPHIA – After opening the season on the road for three of its first four games, the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse squad (2-2) returns home for its next three contests and will kick off its three-game homestand by hosting #11/8 Navy (4-1) this Tuesday, March 6. Opening draw control for the first ever meeting between the Hawks and Midshipmen is set for 5:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Note: This game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m., but the unfavorable weather forecast for Wednesday pushed the game up a day.
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The Hawks currently lead the nation in shots per game (38.75) and sit third in shots on goal per game (28.50), tie for second nationally in assists per game (9.00), rank fourth nationally in points per game (25.25), and rank seventh nationally in scoring offense (16.25 goals/game). Saint Joseph's will go up against a Navy team that ranks ninth nationally in draw controls per game, with 16.75.
Saint Joseph’s enters Tuesday’s game following an 18-11 setback at Villanova last Thursday; junior midfielder Sinead Brierley had a career-high day with four points, which included her first collegiate hat trick, while junior midfielder Ally Beck (4gb, 2ct) and senior defender Juliana Strazulo (3gb, 3ct) were strong on the defensive end in the loss.
Junior midfielder Rebecca Lane leads the squad in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and a team-high 10 assists while junior attacker Francesca Donato owns a team-high 14 goals and four helpers for 18 points. Sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (18dc) and senior midfielder Kate Payne (15dc) have combined for more than half (33dc) of SJU’s 63 draw controls while senior defender Kristen Kelbon’s 11 ground balls leads the squad. Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O’Sullivan (2-2) owns a .390 save percentage with 30 saves in 185:47 while freshman goalkeeper Corinne Buttner, who has seen action off the bench in SJU’s last three games, owns a .467 save percentage with seven saves in 54:13.
Navy, ranked 11th in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll and US Lacrosse Magazine Media Poll and 8th in this week's Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, opened the season with three straight home wins over Ohio State, 9-7, Columbia, 21-10, and Michigan, 11-10, before dropping its road opener at then-#2 Boston College, 20-14. The Midshipmen most recently defeated Winthrop, 22-11, at a neutral site game played at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. on Saturday; Tewaaraton Award Watch List attacker Kelly Larkin had nine points (5g, 4a) in the victory.
Through five games, Navy has four double-digit point scorers in Larkin (14g, 12a), Jenna Collins (20g, 4a), Julia Collins (12g, 5a), and Molly O'Sullivan (6g, 4a); Je. Collins ranks 12th nationally in goals per game (4.00) and sits second in all of Division I lacrosse in free position goals per game, with 2.5 per contest. The Collins twins have combined for 53 of Navy's 86 draw controls while Kayla Harris has gone for 21 draw controls, 12 ground balls, and seven caused turnovers. Goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum (4-1) has made all five starts in net and sports a .338 save percentage and 11.38 goals against average in 268:48, all but 31:12 of the season.
TUESDAY’S GAME DEDICATED TO ONE LOVE FOUNDATION
In conjunction with the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse game vs. St. John’s at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday's women’s lacrosse game will be dedicated to the One Love Foundation; One Love was created in 2010 to honor Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just three weeks before graduation. The goal of the One Love Foundation is to honor Yeardley by bringing an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering, and activating campus communities in a movement for change. The foundation works to ensure that everyone understands the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.
The Hawks will wear One Love-specific t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups, and fans will be able to purchase t-shirts during both the men’s and women’s games.
“The One Love Foundation is an organization that is close to the lacrosse community,” said Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse head coach Alex Kahoe. “Many of us knew of or competed against Yeardley Love. We are honored to dedicate this game to awareness to bring an end to relationship violence in support of the One Love Foundation.”
Saint Joseph’s head coach Alex Kahoe played under Navy head coach Cindy Timchal at the University of Maryland from 1995-2000, when Timchal was the head coach of the Terps. Timchal and Kahoe won five national championships and three ACC championships together, while Kahoe was individually named a three-time All-American, three-time ACC Goalkeeper of the Year, and two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year under Timchal’s direction.