The Saint Joseph's field hockey team, ranked a program-best 14th in the nation in the most recent NFHCA Coaches' Poll, will head to Syracuse, New York, for a neutral site matchup with fourth-ranked Duke on Sunday morning.
The game, previously scheduled for Duke's home field in Durham, North Carolina, was moved in the wake of Hurricane Florence's landfall in the Carolinas.
#14 Saint Joseph's vs. #4 Duke
Sunday, September 16 • 10:00 a.m. • J.S. Coyne Stadium (Syracuse, N.Y.)
• Saint Joseph's (4-1) moved up one spot to 14th in Tuesday's Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, marking the highest national ranking in the program's history. The Hawks were ranked 15th in both the previous poll, released on September 4, and in the final poll of the 2017 season.
• Last time out, the Hawks netted two goals in each half en route to a 4-0 win at Penn on Sunday. Senior Anna Willocks started the scoring before freshman Tonya Botherway scored a pair of goals, one on either side of halftime, to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead heading into the final half hour of the game. Sophomore Jordan Olenginski then tallied her first goal of the season minutes later to effectively seal the victory. Junior Victoria Kammerinke turned away a pair of Penn shots to notch her second shutout of the season.
• Botherway pulled in Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors for her two-goal performance. She leads the Hawks with five goals and 10 points on the season while ranking in a tie for second and a tie for third in the conference in each category.
• Junior Pepa Serrano is second on the team with seven points; her five assists tie her atop the conference with two other players. Willocks and sophomore Emily Henry are second on the squad with two goals apiece, while senior Monica Tice's three assists are second on the team as well.
• Kammerinke leads the Atlantic 10 with a 1.00 goals against average while turning in a .750 save percentage on the season.
• Duke (4-2) split a pair of games against ranked squads last weekend, falling to #6 Princeton, 3-2, on Friday before topping #5 Penn State, 4-1, on Sunday. The Blue Devils remained fourth in the NFHCA poll released on Tuesday.
• Senior forward Rose Tynan is the Blue Devils' leading scorer with six goals and 15 points. She totaled three goals and an assist against Princeton and Penn State en route to ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.
• Tynan is tied with junior Margaux Paolino for the team lead with three assists apiece, while freshman Olivia Sahaydak is second on the squad with both four goals and eight points.
• Junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele has played every minute in the cage for the Blue Devils, posting two shutouts to go with a 1.86 GAA.
• Duke will open ACC play on Friday afternoon at #12 Syracuse before meeting the Hawks on Sunday on the same turf.
• The Blue Devils have won both prior meetings between the schools, with the most recent matchup being a 4-3 overtime victory for a 10th-ranked Duke squad at Drexel's Buckley Field in 2009. Duke also came away with a 4-3 win over SJU in 1986 in a game played at West Chester; including Sunday's game, none of the contests between the programs will have taken place on either campus.