PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad put up 14 first-half goals en route to a dominant 20-6 win over St. Bonaventure on Friday evening on Sweeney Field. With their second consecutive win, the Hawks improve to 7-6 overall (3-2 A-10) while the Bonnies fall to 0-13 overall (0-5 A-10).
Friday's game marks the third consecutive meeting in which Saint Joseph's has scored 20 or more goals against St. Bonaventure.
Junior attacker Francesca Donato registered a game-high five points on three goals and two assists while rookie attacker Sam McGee added a hat trick. Senior midfielders Aly Gormley and Kate Payne and sophomore midfielder Bridget Cerciello hit the back of the net twice apiece while junior midfielder Rebecca Lane added three points on one goal and two helpers and freshman attacker Stephanie Kelly dished out three assists.
"I'm really proud of our team today," said head coach Alex Kahoe following SJU's third A-10 win of the spring. "We had 13 different goal scorers. Defensively, we really stepped up and played strong together. We came out and really focused on the details from the beginning, and we had a full-team effort to win the game today."
Paced by McGee's early hat trick (27:56, 24:45, 20:20), the Hawks scored five times in the opening 10 minutes to take a 5-2 edge by the 20:20 mark. Junior midfielder Hayley Sabol (18:04) and sophomore midfielder Julia Pash (14:36) combined to score two of the game's next three goals as the Hawks took a 7-3 advantage into the final 12:53 of the first half.
The Hawks then broke the game open with an uncontested, nine-goal run, scoring seven in a row to close out the first half and opening the second half with a pair of Gormley goals to go up by 13 scores, 16-3, at the 27:10 mark. Donato and Payne combined for four of those six goals at the end of the first half while Gormley scored back-to-back goals (29:34, 27:10) to open the second.
After the Bonnies scored a pair (13:29, 9:20) to make the score 18-6, rookie attacker Paige Diminick scored her first collegiate goal (4:04) on freshman midfielder Skylar Dorenkamp's first collegiate assist and freshman attacker Alyssa Manley scored her second collegiate goal (0:25) on a feed from Donato to bring the Hawks to 20 goals for the game.
Paced by a 29-9 shot advantage in the first half in which the Hawks scored on 48.3 percent of their shots, Saint Joseph's held a 39-18 advantage in shots for the game. The Hawks also earned 28 of the game's 39 ground balls as well as a 17-10 edge in draw controls. SJU converted 5-of-8 eight-meter shots, nearly double its season average.
Senior defender Catie Vivian was dominant on the back line with a game-high four ground balls alongside three caused turnovers. Leading point scorer Donato and sophomore defender Caroline Heath added three ground balls apiece while senior defender Juliana Strazulo matched Vivian with three caused turnovers. In addition to scoring twice, Cerciello battled for a game-high seven draw controls.
Graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan picked up the win in net with three saves vs. three goals allowed in the first 30:00. Freshman Corinne Buttner made one save vs. two goals allowed in the opening 16:31 of the second half while graduate student goalkeeper Amelia Deibler made one save vs. one goal allowed in the final 13:29.
Saint Joseph's remains home to host Duquesne (3-8, 1-3 A-10) this Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Dukes play at La Salle this evening before heading to Hawk Hill.
Friday's game against St. Bonaventure and Sunday's game vs. Duquesne is part of 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.
GAME NOTES: Saint Joseph's improves to 11-8 all-time against St. Bonaventure and 3-1 under the direction of fourth-year head coach Alex Kahoe... The Hawks are now averaging 19.25 goals per game against the Bonnies over their last four meetings... With one goal in Friday's win, junior midfielder Rebecca Lane now owns 98 for her career, remaining eighth on the all-time list for career goals on Hawk Hill... With two assists, Lane improves her program record to 76 career assists... With three total points, Lane now has 176 for her career, which sits just 14 shy of former teammate Nora McCallion's 190 career points, which ranks third all-time on Hawk Hill... 29 Hawks, including 11 rookies in nine true freshmen and two sophomores who redshirted last spring, saw action in Friday's game.