The Saint Joseph's field hockey team is headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the 2018 NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Hawks are set to meet Michigan in a First Round matchup on Friday afternoon. The winner will advance to meet either North Carolina or William & Mary on Sunday.
The game will be streamed live on North Carolina's Facebook page via Facebook Live.
• Saint Joseph's (18-2) punched its ticket to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship for the second consecutive season with a 1-0 win over VCU in the Atlantic 10 Championship at Ellen Ryan Field on November 3. The Hawks claimed their second league crown in a row and third overall thanks to a first-half goal from senior Joely Helder and a shutout performance from junior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke and the Hawk defense.
• The Hawks held steady at #10 in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll of the season. The Hawks were ranked in each of the 11 polls released this season, as well as the final nine of the 2017 campaign.
• Saint Joseph's pulled in a handful of postseason Atlantic 10 honors once again. Kammerinke was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, Botherway became the fourth consecutive Hawk to earn Rookie of the Year honors, and head coach Lynn Farquhar was voted by her peers the Coach of the Year for the third year in a row.
• Botherway and Kammerinke were named to the All-Conference First alongside Willocks and junior Pepa Serrano. Helder, senior Monica Tice, and junior Kathrin Bentz were tabbed for the Second Team, Botherway and freshman Johanna Huse earned All-Rookie nods, and Bentz, Kammerinke, Willocks, and sophomore Jordan Olenginski were All-Academic Team selections.
• Botherway's 21 goals and 52 points each lead the squad, while Willocks ranks second with 18 and 43, respectively. Sophomores Sara Hayes (10 goals) and Emily Henry (eight goals, four assists) give the Hawks four 20-point scorers. Serrano's 12 assists are good for the top spot on the squad, while Botherway's 10 are second-most. Bentz, Huse, Olenginski, and WIllocks have all piled up seven assists apiece.
• Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage for the Hawks, posting a league-best 0.95 goals against average and tying for the national lead with 10 shutouts, which is also a Saint Joseph's school record for a single season.
• Michigan (13-6), meanwhile, earned an at-large berth out of the Big Ten after posting a 7-1 conference mark and reaching the conference semifinals. The Wolverines slipped one spot to eighth in this week's Coaches Poll.
• Emma Way leads Michigan in both goals (18) and points (39). Meg Dowthwaite sits second in both categories, having found the cage nine times and adding four assists for 22 points. Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort's six assists are a team high, with Dowthwaite ranking second.
• Anna Spieker has seen most of the action in the cage for the Wolverines, checking in with a 1.86 GAA and a .741 save percentage. She has posted three solo shutouts, while combining with Sidonie LaPlante for one as well.
• Friday's game will be the first meeting between Saint Joseph's and Michigan.