MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph's field hockey team will host a pair of conference rivals this weekend, as first-place VCU visits Ellen Ryan Field on Friday afternoon before Richmond stops by on Sunday.  Live streams for both games will be available in the United States on ESPN+ and globally on the Atlantic 10 Network.

#13 Saint Joseph's vs. VCU
Friday, October 12 | Ellen Ryan Field | 3:00 p.m.
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• Saint Joseph's (10-2 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) ran its winning streak to six games with a pair of blowout wins over local rivals.  On Friday night, senior Anna Willocks bagged a hat trick and freshman Tonya Botherway added two goals of her own as the Hawks matched program records for goals in a game and margin of victory in an 8-0 rout of Drexel on the road.  Two days later, Willocks added a goal and two assists while Botherway scored again as the Hawks flew past Temple, 6-0, at Ellen Ryan Field.

• The Hawks moved up a spot to 13th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.  SJU had previously been ranked 14th in each of the prior two polls.  The Hawks also remained in the top 10 in the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index, coming in at number 10.

• With her goal on Sunday afternoon – the 68th of her career – Willocks became Saint Joseph's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Linda Buonanno's mark of 67 set back in 1986.  The senior out of Palmerston North, New Zealand, now holds the program's all-time records for goals, assists, and points.

• After combining for seven goals, three assists, and 17 points, Willocks and Botherway were named the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.  It is the second such honor of the season for Willocks and the fourth for Botherway; she has been tabbed as the league's top rookie in each of the last three weeks.  Willocks also garnered honorable mention status from the NFHCA one week after Botherway did the same.

• Botherway leads the Hawks with 16 goals and 36 points on the season.  Her numbers are good for second in the conference in each of those categories as well; she also ranks third and fourth in all of Division I in both goals and points per game, respectively.

• Willocks sits second on the team with nine goals and 22 points on the year.  She now ranks in a tie for second in goals scored among all active players in Division I and sits alone in second place in career points among active players.

• Junior Pepa Serrano leads the Hawks and the Atlantic 10 in assists with eight.  Sophomore Jordan Olenginski sits in second with five, while senior Monica Tice, junior Kathrin Bentz, and freshman Johanna Huse join Botherway and Willocks with four helpers apiece.

• Junior Victoria Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage for the Hawks and leads the Atlantic 10 with a 1.17 goals against average.  Her save percentage of .750 is good for second in the league, while her GAA puts her ninth in Division I as well.

• As a team, the Hawks are fourth in the country in goals per game (4.00), assists per game (3.33), scoring average (4.00), and scoring margin (2.83).

• VCU (7-5 overall, 4-0 Atlantic 10) halted a two-game skid with a 2-0 win over Massachusetts on Sunday.  Emily McNamara scored both goals, breaking a scoreless deadlock in the 56th minute before sealing the win with an empty-netter in the 68th.  The Rams had previously fallen at Bucknell, 3-2, and at home against Rider, 2-1 in overtime, after reeling off five consecutive wins.

• McNamara is the nation's leading scorer at 1.58 goals per game; she also ranks second in the country with an average of 3.42 points per game.  She leads the Rams and the Atlantic 10 with 19 goals and 41 points, while her 68 career goals tie her with Willocks for second and her 163 career points slot her third among active players in Division I.

• Shannon Pereira and Maite Sturm rank second on the team with six goals apiece; Sturm is also tied with Litiana Field for the team lead in assists with six as well.

• Sasha Elliott has played every minute in the cage for the Rams and has posted a 1.56 GAA, good for third in the conference, to go along with a .623 save percentage.  She has also posted three shutouts, ranking third in the league behind Kammerinke's six.

• Pereira is a familiar name around the Atlantic 10; she played three seasons as an undergrad at Saint Francis under current VCU head coach Stacey Bean.

• The Hawks enjoy an 8-4 edge in the all-time series between the two teams and have won four consecutive matchups.  Last season, Kammerinke earned NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 15 saves in a 4-0 win over the Rams in Richmond.

#13 Saint Joseph's vs. Richmond
Sunday, October 14 | Ellen Ryan Field | Noon
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• Richmond (4-9 overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10) ended a four-game losing streak with a comfortable 5-1 win over Towson on Sunday.  Steffie Bongers scored twice in the first half as the Spiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the break.  Richmond outshot Towson 24-2 on the day.

• Elise Zwicklbauer leads the Spiders with 12 points on the season; she is tied with Addie Nash for second on the team with four goals, while her her four assists place her second in that category as well.  Bongers is Richmond's leading goal-scorer with five on the year, while Olivia Hubert has five assists.

• Emily Braunewell has started all 13 games in the cage for Richmond, posting a 3.02 GAA and a .672 save percentage to go with one shutout.

• Prior to their visit to Hawk Hill, the Spiders will take on La Salle on Friday afternoon.

• Richmond has dominated the all-time series, posting a 21-7 record, but SJU has taken two of the last three.  The Spiders earned a 1-0 home win over the Hawks during the 2017 regular season, but the Hawks bounced back in the Atlantic 10 semifinals, scoring seven unanswered goals for a 7-2 win and a trip to the title game.

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