DAVIDSON, N.C. - Junior midfielder Rebecca Lane dropped seven points on four goals and three assists to lead the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad to a 14-9, Atlantic 10 road win over Davidson at Richardson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Hawks even out to 6-6 overall (2-2 A-10) while the Wildcats fall to 7-5 overall (2-2 A-10).
"I am proud of our team for playing a full 60 minutes of Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse to come out with the win," said head coach Alex Kahoe. "We came out today and focused on the details. Offensively, we really came together and had eight different people score for us, led by Bec [Lane's] seven points."
Junior midfielder Hayley Sabol, junior attacker Francesca Donato, and freshman attacker Stephanie Kelly hit the back of the net twice each while senior defender Juliana Strazulo earned four ground balls and freshman attacker Sam McGee forced three caused turnovers for the Crimson and Gray.
Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan (6-6, 2-2 A-10) picked up the win with nine saves, plus four ground balls, in the full 60:00.
Lane opened the game with back-to-back unassisted goals (28:14, 25:32) before Sabol converted an eight-meter goal less than three minutes later to put the Hawks up, 3-0, at the 22:50 mark of the first half.
Davidson then scored three of the game's next four goals (18:22, 17:38, 12:22, 9:33), with an unassisted score by Kelly in between (17:38), to pull to within one, 4-3, heading into the final third of the first half, but Kelly scored her second of the half with 4:05 to play before the halftime break to put the Hawks back out by two, 5-3.
Davidson scored with 2:41 to go to make it a one-goal game, 5-4, by the conclusion of the first half.
The Hawks and Wildcats put up three goals apiece in the first 13:08 of the second half to give the Hawks a slight 8-7 edge entering the final 16:52, but SJU pulled away for good by tearing off four unanswered goals to take a 12-7 advantage entering the final 11:16 of regulation; sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (assisted by Cerciello), Donato (assisted by Lane), and McGee (assisted by Sabol) scored within 6:07 of one another and Sabol converted an eight-meter goal at the 11:16 mark.
From there, the Hawks would tack on two more goals and hold the Wildcats to just two scores over the final 10:12 as that 14-9 score would stand as time expired.
For the game, Saint Joseph's owned a 37-25 advantage in shots and edges in ground balls (27-22) and draw controls (13-10). The Hawks also converted 4-of-10 free position shots and held the Wildcats to just 1-of-7 in FPS for the game.
Sabol (6) and Pash (4) combined for 10 of SJU's 13 draw controls while O'Sullivan (4), Strazulo (4), and senior midfielder Kate Payne (3) combined for 11 of SJU's 27 ground balls.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host St. Bonaventure (0-12, 0-4 A-10) this Friday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Hawks remain home to host Duquesne (3-8, 1-3 A-10) on Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Both games will be in conjunction with the SJU Women's Lacrosse Alumnae and Family Weekend. Registration can be made online by visiting alumni.sju.edu/wlax. For more information, contact Christina Henderson at 610-660-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.