WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Saint Joseph's opened the 2018 campaign with the immediate challenge of facing William and Mary, a 2017 NCAA tournament team and the favorite to win the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association tournament this fall. The Tribe came out attacking and put away a pair of first-half goals to hand the Hawks a 2-0 loss in the 2018 season opener at Martin Family Stadium on Friday evening.
William and Mary (1-0-0) scored 51 seconds into the match and again in the 12th minute to take the early 2-0 advantage.
From that point on, Saint Joseph's freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm settled in and denied all three of the following shots fired his way for the remainder of the match, including a highlight-reel, diving stop to his right in the 64th minute. In his collegiate debut, Boehm finished with four saves.
Saint Joseph's best opportunity came in the 88th minute, as senior defender Eddie McCusker rocketed a shot on W&M goalkeeper Connor Andrews. Andrews made the save but the ball went back into play, and just 20 seconds later, sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry fired off his fourth shot of the night, forcing Andrews into another save.
Barry finished the match with a team-high four shots, landing three on goal, in the full 90:00 while Boehm, McCusker, redshirt junior defender Mike Fornaro and sophomore defender David Grana also turned in full-match efforts.
For the match, the Tribe owned a 16-6 advantage in shots, propelled by a 10-2 first half, and earned nine of the match's 13 corner kick opportunities.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at Saint Peter's (0-1-0) this Tuesday, August 28. Kickoff at Lincoln Turf Field in Jersey City, N.J. is set for 4:00 p.m.
MATCH NOTES: Redshirt junior defender Mike Fornaro and junior forward Leon Maric started in their SJU debuts after transferring in from Rutgers University and the University of Virginia, respectively, in time for the 2018 season... Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm started in his collegiate debut while freshman forward Frantz Pierrot, freshman midfielder Garrett Lyons, and freshman defender Johnny Cunningham came of the bench for their collegiate debuts.