PHILADELPHIA – After opening the season with three of four games at home, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (2-2) hits the road for three consecutive match-ups, beginning at #17 Johns Hopkins (4-1) this Wednesday, March 6. Opening draw control is set for 3:00 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
Live streaming of the game will be made available through HopkinsSports.com.
Note: Start time has been moved up to 3:00 p.m. (originally set for 4:00 p.m.) due to temperature concerns.
The Hawks will then head to Lafayette this Saturday, March 9 and Towson next Wednesday, March 13 before returning home to host Delaware next Saturday, March 16.
Both teams enter Wednesday's contest on two-game winning streaks as the Hawks put up a combined 33 goals in back-to-back wins over Temple and Villanova and the Blue Jays scored a combined 32 goals in back-to-back wins over then-#18 Georgetown and Furman.
"ATTACKING" THE POINTS MILESTONE
With her fourth goal (and fifth point) of the game in SJU's 16-8 win over Villanova this past Saturday, senior attacker Rebecca Lane reached her 200th career point to become only the second Hawk in program history to reach the 200-point mark, joining Shannon Feite '97 (243). Senior attacker Francesca Donato put away six points in that same contest to inch to 99 career points and will enter Wednesday's match-up at #17 Johns Hopkins just one point shy of the 100-point milestone for her career.
"I'm super excited, especially now with the atmosphere after having a really good home win over Villanova," reflected Lane on her accomplishment following Saturday's game. "It's always been a game that's been a battle each year we have played them. Heading into the game, our focus was on good, offensive motion, good chemistry, big stops on defense, and connecting all over the field. That's what we did. I'm excited to reach that milestone... it feels like everything is paying off."
Entering her second season as a team captain, senior attacker Rebecca Lane has had a standout career for the Crimson and Gray. Through 55 career games played, she owns 201 points (second all-time at SJU), 120 goals (seventh all-time), and 81 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) - and has 16 this year.
ATTENTION FOR THE ATTACK
Saint Joseph's starting attacking trio of seniors Francesca Donato (9g, 11a) and Rebecca Lane (13g, 3a) and sophomore Stephanie Kelly (9g, 7a) have combined for 52 of SJU's 86 points through four games this spring. Those three Hawks are coming off of a 16-8 win over Villanova in which they combined for 20 points, led by Kelly's career-high day of eight. Sophomore attacker Sam McGee rounds out the starting attacking unit with 10 points (8g, 2a).
Saint Joseph's starting defensive unit of seniors Ally Beck and Sinead Brierley, junior Julia Pash, and redshirt freshman Sarah Platt shut down Villanova's offensive efforts this past Saturday, holding the Wildcats to two first-half goals. On the season, Beck (7g, 5ct), Brierley (11gb, 3ct), Pash (10gb, 4ct), and Platt (6gb, 6ct) have played aggressive defense and have now held their last two opponents to eight goals apiece per contest.
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 ties for seventh all-time in career caused turnovers at SJU (56) and, if she performs at last year's pace, could leave Hawk Hill ranked second all-time in the category. In her most recent game, against Villanova, Beck backstopped the Crimson and Gray with four ground balls and three caused turnovers in the first half and shut down Villanova's top offensive player, Katie Comerford, to help the Hawks hold the Wildcats to just two goals in the first 30:00 of action.
WEEDON FOR THE WIN(S)
Freshman goalkeeper Amber Weedon is off to a 2-0 start in her debut season after making six saves in SJU's 17-8 win over Temple and eight saves in SJU's 16-8 win over Villanova. The rookie sports a .500 save percentage and 7.63 goals against average with 14 saves vs. 14 goals allowed in 110:08.
4. Nora McCallion '17 - 134
5. Bernadette Smith '01 - 124
6. Grace Dinn '12 - 121
7. Rebecca Lane '19 - 120
1. Shannon Feite '97 - 243
2. Rebecca Lane '19 - 201
Career Caused Turnovers
T-5. Elizabeth Fox '12 - 62
T-5. Kathleen Burke '03 - 62
T-7. Lindsey-Kate McCool '08 - 56
T-7. Ally Beck '19 - 56
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SCOUTING #17 JOHNS HOPKINS
#17 Johns Hopkins enters Wednesday's game ranked 17th in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Poll, eighth in this week's Nike/US Lacrosse Poll (rankings are compiled by US Lacrosse Magazine staff and contributors, with input from college coaches) and 10th in this week's Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 with back-to-back wins over Drexel, 17-9, and Loyola, 13-11, an overtime loss to Penn, 11-10, and back-to-back wins over Georgetown, 12-11, and, most recently, Furman, 20-6, this past Saturday. They opened the season on the road at Drexel but then played their next four at home as Wednesday's meeting closes out a five-game homestand for #17 Johns Hopkins.
Maggie Schneidereith (12g, 8a), Mackenzie Heldberg (11g, 6a), Aurora Cordingley (9g, 7a), Ellie McNulty (14g, 1a), and Miranda Ibello (6g, 8a) lead the Blue Jays in scoring while McNulty has also been strong on the defensive end of the field with 10 ground balls, nine caused turnovers, and 18 draw controls. Haley Crosson (4-1) sports a .395 save percentage and 9.98 goals against average with 30 saves vs. 46 goals allowed in 276:41. all but 25:20 on the season.
#17 Johns Hopkins went 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten last year and received an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Jays fell to Navy, 16-9, in the First Round.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/BLUE JAYS SERIES
Wednesday’s game will mark the third meeting between Saint Joseph’s and #17 Johns Hopkins in program history and the first in two decades. The Blue Jays earned a 16-8 home win in 1999 and a 10-3 road win in 1998.
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