PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team will open the 2019 season at home vs. #22 Georgetown (0-0) this Saturday, February 9. Opening draw control is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. In 26 seasons, the Hawks are 14-12 on opening day.
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THE 2019 SQUAD
Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe, Saint Joseph’s returns 24 Hawks from a squad that is coming off of a program-record, 12-win season, which was capped by a run at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament; returning All-Conference selections include senior attacker Rebecca Lane (First Team), junior midfielder Bridget Cerciello (Second Team), and All-Rookie Team attackers Stephanie Kelly and Sam McGee, now entering their sophomore campaigns. The Hawks return 93 percent of their point distribution and 92 percent of their goal scoring, and the trio of Lane, Kelly, and senior attacker Francesca Donato comprise well over a quarter for both. The Hawks have added 12 true freshmen to the roster and have been predicted to finish third in the A-10 regular-season standings this spring, behind Richmond and UMass.
Entering her second season as a team captain, senior attacker Rebecca Lane has had a standout career for the Crimson and Gray through her first three seasons. Through 51 career games played, she owns 185 points (fourth all-time at SJU), 107 goals (eighth all-time), and 78 assists (first all-time). She has totaled at least 58 points every season - going for 36g and 22a as a rookie back in 2016 (A-10 Rookie of the Year), 35g and 31a as a sophomore in 2017 (A-10 Second Team), and 36g and 25a last spring (A-10 First Team).
LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDFIELD
Three of SJU's four captains - senior Hayley Sabol, junior Bridget Cerciello, and junior Julia Pash - have excelled in the midfield over their careers on Hawk Hill and will enter the 2019 season with 126 combined games played (and 93 combined starts) under their belts. All three were everyday starters last spring.
BECK'S BACK LINE
The numbers speak for themselves with senior defender Ally Beck - every season has been better than the last. After appearing in 18 games as a freshman (9 ground balls, 8 draw controls, 11 caused turnovers), Beck went for 22gb, 17dc, and 14ct as a sophomore starter and 29gb, 30dc, and 26ct as a junior starter. Beck ranks ninth all-time in career caused turnovers at SJU (51) entering this spring and, if she performs at last year's pace, could leave Hawk Hill ranked second all-time in the category.
Georgetown enters the season ranked 22nd in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Preseason Coaches Poll and receiving votes in both the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Poll (rankings are compiled by US Lacrosse Magazine staff and contributors, with input from college coaches) and Inside Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll. The Hoyas were picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Conference this spring, behind the University of Denver and in front of Marquette, while senior attacker Taylor Gebhardt, senior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst, senior goalkeeper Haelle Chomo, junior midfielder Natalia Lynch, and sophomore defender Mollie Miller were named Preseason All-BIG EAST. Georgetown went 12-7 last year and appeared in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
HISTORY OF THE SERIES
Saturday’s game will mark the fifth meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Georgetown in program history, and the Hoyas own a 4-0 all-time advantage. On February 10 of last season, Georgetown pulled away with an 18-15 win in Washington, D.C in both squads’ season openers; then-junior Rebecca Lane scored twice and dished out a team-high three assists for a team-high five points while then-junior attacker Francesca Donato turned in a hat trick. Prior to that meeting, the teams met three times between 1993-95.
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