PHILADELPHIA – Coming off of a dominating first win of the 2019 campaign, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (1-2) remains home to host Villanova (2-2) this Saturday, March 2. Opening draw control is set for noon on Sweeney Field.

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The Hawks enter Saturday's game with the momentum of a 17-8 home win over Temple and eight days of non-game rest under their belts, while the Wildcats suffered their second loss (both have been against nationally-ranked competition) of the season against #17 Navy, 14-6, on Wednesday.

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 in their sophomore campaigns. The Hawks return 93 percent of their point distribution and 92 percent of their goal scoring, and this year's starting attacking trio of Lane, Kelly, and senior 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.

After leading Saint Joseph's to a 17-8 win over Temple last Thursday, senior attacker Francesca Donato has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Week, while freshman goalkeeper Amber Weedon has been tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Week. Donato turned in a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists while Weedon made six saves in her collegiate debut. Having also defeated the Owls last spring, this year's victory gave SJU its first two-game winning streak over Temple in the 22-year history of the series.

Senior attackers Francesca Donato (6g, 8a) and Rebecca Lane (8g, 2a) have combined for 24 of SJU's 60 points through SJU's opening three games and, with that offensive success, have each moved closer to individual career milestones. Donato enters Saturday's game vs. Villanova with 93 career points, seven shy of 100 for her career, while Lane enters the contest with 195 career points, five shy of 200 for her career.

Entering her second season as a team captain, senior attacker Rebecca Lane has had a standout career for the Crimson and Gray. Through 54 career games played, she owns 195 points (second all-time at SJU), 115 goals (eighth all-time), and 80 assists (first all-time). She totaled at least 58 points in each of her first three seasons - 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).

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 ties for eighth all-time in career caused turnovers at SJU (53) and, if she performs at last year's pace, could leave Hawk Hill ranked second all-time in the category.

Redshirt freshman defender Sarah Platt turned in an incredibly strong performance in SJU's 15-12, season-opening loss to then-#22 Georgetown on February 9. Platt, who redshirted her freshman season at the University of Virginia and appeared once for the Hawks last year, made a splash with a team-high four ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers against the nationally-ranked Hoyas. Platt challenged the Georgetown offense all day and has paired well with senior veteran defender Ally Beck on the back line. Through three games, Platt ties for the team lead in caused turnovers (4) and ranks third on the squad in ground balls (6).

Sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Buttner made a career-high 16 saves in SJU's 12-11 heartbreaking loss at then-#13 Navy on February 17. Buttner made eight saves per half in her first start of the season to go with three ground balls.

Senior attackers Rebecca Lane and Francesca Donato and senior defender Ally Beck own spots in SJU's all-time top-ten of multiple individual categories.

Career Goals
5. Bernadette Smith '01 - 124
6. Grace Dinn '12 - 121
7. Kristin Teklinsky '04 - 117
8. Rebecca Lane '19 - 115

Career Assists
1. Rebecca Lane '19 - 80
2. Shannon Feite '97 - 72
7. Maggie Egan '17 - 48
8. Jenna Martino '10 - 38
9. Francesca Donato '19 - 35

Career Points
1. Shannon Feite '97 - 243
2. Rebecca Lane '19 - 195

Career Caused Turnovers
7. Lindsey-Kate McCool '08 - 56
T-8. Julie Mineweaser '12 - 53
T-8. Ally Beck '19 - 53

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Villanova enters Saturday's game 2-2 after a season-opening 19-9 loss at then-#24 Duke, back-to-back home wins over Cornell, 13-12, and Siena, 12-7, and, most recently, a 14-6 home loss to #17 Navy on Wednesday. Katie Comerford (6g, 9a), Ashley Lynch (5g, 6a), and Devin Hassinger (9g) lead the Wildcats on the offensive end while Sydney Frank owns team-high numbers in ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (9). Alexa Moro (2-1), coming off of BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors, has seen all but 16:50 of the season in net, posting a .474 save percentage and 11.02 goals against average with 37 saves vs. 41 goals allowed in 223:10.

Villanova went 9-7 overall and 4-5 in the BIG EAST last spring, ending the season on a three-game winning streak.

Saturday's game will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Villanova. The Hawks won seven consecutive meetings against the Wildcats from 2003-09 but have dropped their last four, as last year’s loss put Villanova up, 11-10, in the all-time series. Then-junior midfielder Sinead Brierley recorded her first collegiate hat trick in last spring’s meeting to lead the Hawks in scoring. With the exception of five seasons from 2010-14, the Hawks and Wildcats have played each other every year since the beginning of SJU's women's lacrosse program in 1993.

All-time series results:
2018 - L - 18-11 - Away
2017 - L - 11-10 - Home
2016 - L - 11-10 - Away
2015 - L - 13-9 - Home
2009 - W - 18-4 - Away
2008 - W - 12-2 - Home
2007 - W - 13-7 - Away
2006 - W - 14-8 - Home
2005 - W - 10-9 - Away
2004 - W - 18-8 - Home
2003 - W - 8-6 - Away
2002 - L - 7-6 (2OT) - Home
2001 - L - 15-9 - Away
2000 - W - 16-6 - Home
1999 - W - 9-7 - Away
1998 - L - 10-2 - Home
1997 - L - 7-6 - Away
1996 - W - 4-3 - Home
1995 - L - 17-7 - Away
1994 - L - 20-8 - Home
1993 - L - 14-3 - Away

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