GILBERT, Ariz. – The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team has once again reached the highest national ranking in program history as the Hawks moved up one spot to number 13 in Tuesday’s Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Hawks also ranked 10th in the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index released on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hawks had spent the previous two weeks ranked 14th in the poll but were slotted into the 13th spot after an impressive weekend. SJU routed a pair of local rivals, shutting out both Drexel and Temple, while pouring in 14 goals. Senior Anna Willocks tallied four – the last of which set a new SJU career scoring record – en route to Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors, while freshman Tonya Botherway added three and was named the league’s Rookie of the Week for the third consecutive week.
The Saint Joseph’s defense has been stout recently as well; the Hawks have conceded just one goal over their last 383 minutes and 47 seconds of hockey, posting four shutouts in their last five games.
Three previous Hawk opponents remained in the poll this week; Duke held steady at fourth, while Rutgers moved up one spot to #14 and Delaware moved up two spots to #18. Syracuse jumped four spots to ninth; the Orange will visit Ellen Ryan Field on October 27.
The Hawks are in the midst of a three-game homestand; they will host Atlantic 10 leaders VCU on Friday before taking on Richmond on Sunday.