PHILADELPHIA – Tied for fourth with three teams in the Atlantic 10 standings, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (6-6, 2-2) is set to host a pair of conference opponents this weekend in St. Bonaventure (0-12, 0-4 A-10) this Friday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. and Duquesne (3-8, 1-3 A-10) this Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be played on Sweeney Field.
Duquesne will face A-10 foe La Salle in Philadelphia on Friday before heading over to Hawk Hill for Sunday's match-up.
Live streaming ($) of both games will be available via a subscription to the Atlantic 10 Network. To sign up, please click here. Live stats will also be provided at SJUHawks.com.
Saint Joseph's ranks third in the A-10 in points per game at a clip of 19.42 (12.75 goals/game and 6.67 assists/game), led by its trio of 25+ point scorers of junior midfielder Rebecca Lane (26g, 23a), junior attacker Francesca Donato (26g, 8a), and rookie attacker Stephanie Kelly (18g, 11a). The Hawks will face a defensive test against the Bonnies as defender Kathryn Yoder leads the league in caused turnovers per game (2.92) and ranks second in ground balls per game (3.25) and goalkeeper Morgan Conroy leads the league in saves per game (12.10).
Against Duquesne, Saint Joseph's will face Maddie Hart, who ranks third in the A-10 in draw controls per game, with 5.36 possessions from the circle per contest. Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (3.08 draw controls per game) and senior midfielder Kate Payne (2.25 draw controls per game) team up for an average of 5.33 draw controls per game.
ALUMNAE AND FAMILY WEEKEND
SJU alumnae, family and friends, the Hawks will host SJU Women's Lacrosse Alumnae and Family Weekend this weekend in conjunction with both home games. 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.
2018 ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2018 A-10 Championship will run from Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 6 at the University of Richmond's Robins Stadium in Richmond, Va. The league's top six teams will make the postseason field. Saint Joseph's was predicted to finish in a tie for third, with George Mason, in the league's preseason poll, voted on by the league's 10 head coaches and announced on February 1. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne were predicted to finish ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 10-team field; the Dukes currently sit eighth while the Bonnies are tied, with La Salle, for ninth.
Saint Joseph's reached the A-10 postseason in 2016 and 2017 and return 2017 A-10 First Team defender Kristen Kelbon, 2017 A-10 Second Team midfielder Rebecca Lane, and 2017 A-10 Rookie Team selection Julia Pash.
The Hawks are coming into Friday's game riding the momentum of a 14-9 road win over Davidson on Sunday, where junior midfielder Rebecca Lane went off for seven points on four goals and three helpers and graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan held the Wildcat offense to just nine goals allowed in the full 60:00.
Through 12 games, Lane (team-high 26g, team-high 23a), junior attacker Francesca Donato (team-high 26g), freshman attacker Stephanie Kelly (18g, 11a), and junior midfielder Hayley Sabol (17g, 5a) own 20+ points and have combined for 56.9 percent (87-of-153) of the Hawks' goals while sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (37) and senior midfielder Kate Payne (27) have combined for 64 of SJU's 149 draw controls. Senior Kristen Kelbon (team-high 25 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers), senior Juliana Strazulo (21gb, team-high 16ct), and junior Ally Beck (16gb, team-high 16ct) have anchored SJU's back line while O'Sullivan (6-6, 2-2 A-10) sports a .447 save percentage and 13.64 goals against average in 624:26
With its 14-9 road win over Davidson on Sunday, SJU's Class of 2018 reached 31 career wins and will leave Hawk Hill as the winningest class of all-time. That class consists of four-year letterwinners Aly Gormley, Kristen Kelbon, and Kate Payne, three-year letterwinners Dana Garbinski and Catie Vivian, and two-year letterwinners Amelia Deibler, Morgan Lamey, Liz O'Sullivan, and Juliana Strazulo. The Hawks won five games in 2015, nine games in 2016, 11 games in 2017, and six games at this point in 2018.
SCOUTING ST. BONAVENTURE
St. Bonaventure dropped eight non-conference games before entering league play and has faced Duquesne (24-14 L), George Washington (14-3 L), UMass (18-4 L), and, most recently, VCU (13-8 L) this past Saturday, in A-10 action. The Bonnies are 0-8 on the road.
Rylee Arnold leads St. Bonaventure in scoring with 30 points on a team-high 24 goals (6-of-17 FPG) to go with six helpers alongside a team-high 48 draw controls while Ashley Easterday (15g, 7a) and Gabrielle Bradley (7g, team-high 15a) have contributed 22 points apiece. Kathryn Yoder has led the defensive end with a team-high 39 ground balls and team-high 35 caused turnovers while Morgan Conroy (0-6, 0-3 A-10) sports a .508 save percentage and 14.56 goals against average with 121 saves vs. 117 goals allowed in 482:09; she is averaging 15.7 saves per game over SBU's last three outings.
Friday’s game will mark the 19th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and St. Bonaventure. The Hawks hold a 10-8 all-time series edge and are 2-1 under the direction of fourth-year head coach Alex Kahoe, where the Hawks are averaging 19.0 goals per game against the Bonnies over the last three seasons. SJU defeated St. Bonaventure by a score of 22-14 on the road last spring, which ties for second in the program’s history for single-game goals scored; current junior midfielder Rebecca Lane totaled eight points while current sophomore midfielder Julia Pash found the back of the net six times.
All-time series results are listed below:
2017 – W – 22-14 - Away
2016 - W - 20-9 - Home
2015 - L - 15-10 - Away
2014 - W - 11-7 - Home
2013 - W - 13-7 - Away
2012 - W - 17-11 - Home
2011 - L - 11-10 - Away
2010 - L - 13-12 - Home
2009 - W - 12-5 - Away
2008 - W - 10-9 (2OT) - Home
2007 - L - 13-6 - Away
2006 - L - 12-10 - Home
2005 - L - 17-9 - Away
2004 - L - 13-12 (OT) - Home
2003 - L - 11-7 - Away
2002 - W - 13-8 - Home
2001 - W - 11-8 - Away
2000 - W - 20-3 - Home
After opening the season with a trio of losses to Robert Morris, 10-9, Penn State, 19-8, and Niagara, 17-14, the Dukes won an 18-15 contest over Saint Francis. Duquesne then won two of its next four with losses to UMBC, 16-10, and Central Michigan, 15-8, before earning victories over Detriot Mercy, 19-15, and St. Bonaventure, 24-14, in A-10 play. From that point, the Dukes have dropped three straight A-10 games, vs. Richmond, 19-10, VCU, 11-9, and, most recently, George Mason, 14-6, this past Sunday. Two of Duquesne's three wins have come on the road.
Led by Jill Vacanti (team-high 25g, 5a), the Dukes have five players with 20+ points in Maddie Hart (17g, 6a), Megan Buettner (18g, 3a), Haley Matthai (15g, 6a), and Carlee Braverman (19g, 1a) while Michaela Connolly has dished out a team-high 12 helpers. Hart also owns a team-high 59 draw controls to go with 23 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers while Erin Conway (team-high 26 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers) and Sarah Kollhoff (23gb, team-high 16ct) are strong on the defensive end. Emily McMinimee (2-8, 1-3 A-10) owns a .333 save percentage and 15.17 goals against average with 74 saves vs. 148 goals allowed in 585:31, all but 74:11 on the season.
Sunday’s game will mark the 20th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Duquesne. The Dukes own a 16-3 all-time series advantage since 1999, but the Hawks have won back-to-back contests over the last two seasons, including a dominant 19-7 road win last spring where current sophomore midfielder Penny Green scored four goals and SJU’s defense allowed just one score in the second half. The Hawks had snapped a six-game series losing streak with a 9-8 overtime win at home in 2016, backed by a key draw control from current junior midfielder Hayley Sabol that led to current junior midfielder Rebecca Lane’s unassisted game-winner.
All-time series results are listed below:
2017 – W – 19-7 - Away
2016 - W - 9-8 (OT) - Home
2015 - L - 15-8 - Away
2014 - L - 10-8 - Home
2013 - L - 16-1 - Away
2012 - L - 13-10 (2OT) - Home
2011 - L - 14-5 - Away
2010 - L - 13-10 - Home
2009 - W - 15-10 - Away
2008 - L - 14-11 - Away
2007 - L - 8-7 (3OT) - Home
2006 - L - 17-5 - Away
2005 - L - 11-6 - Home
2004 - L - 11-9 - Away
2003 - L - 9-5 - Home
2002 - L - 14-7 - Away
2001 - L - 16-5 - Away
2000 - L - 16-11 - Home
1999 - L - 13-8 - Away
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