PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (2-3) continues its three-game road stretch at Lafayette (3-1) this Saturday, March 9. Opening draw control at Fisher Stadium in Easton, Pa. is set for 4:00 p.m.
Live streaming of the game will be made available through the Patriot League Network.
Both teams are coming into the contest after suffering losses in their most recent outings; the Hawks fell at #17 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, 17-11, while the Leopards dropped a 9-7 match-up at Manhattan back on March 2.
All three of SJU's losses this season have come to nationally-ranked opposition - against then-#22 Georgetown, then-#13 Navy, and #17 Johns Hopkins - while wins have come over Temple and Villanova at home.
"ATTACKING" THE POINTS MILESTONE
With her fourth goal (and fifth point) of the game in SJU's 16-8 win over Villanova last 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).
"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."
With her first goal (and first point) of the game in SJU's 17-11 loss at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, senior attacker Francesca Donato reached her 100th career point.
Entering her second season as a team captain, senior attacker Rebecca Lane has had a standout career for the Crimson and Gray. Through 56 career games played, she owns 203 points (second all-time at SJU), 120 goals (seventh all-time), and 83 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 18 this year.
ATTENTION FOR THE ATTACK
Saint Joseph's starting attacking trio of seniors Francesca Donato (12g, 12a) and Rebecca Lane (13g, 5a) and sophomore Stephanie Kelly (10g, 8a) have combined for 60 of SJU's 104 points through five games this spring. Two games back, those three Hawks combined for 20 points to lead SJU to a 16-8 win over Villanova. Sophomore attacker Sam McGee rounds out the starting attacking unit with 13 points (9g, 4a).
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. Two games ago, 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 (2-1) was 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. She then went on to make six saves against #17 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. The rookie sports a .444 save percentage and 10.23 goals against average with 20 saves vs. 25 goals allowed in 146:34.
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 - 203
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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Lafayette enters Saturday's game 3-1 after opening the season with three consecutive wins over St. Bonaventure, 18-1, Iona, 14-6, and Temple, 13-10, before falling, most recently, to Manhattan, 9-7. The Leopards had a road game scheduled for this past Wednesday against Binghamton, but the contest was postponed due to freezing temperatures.
Jane Kirby (15g, 2a), Hannah Davey (11g, 1a), and Anna Stein (7g, 4a) lead the Leopards in scoring with 10+ points apiece, while Davey also leads Lafayette in ground balls (11), caused turnovers (7), and draw controls (17). Quinn Lacy (3-1) has started all four game in net and sports a .603 save percentage and 6.73 goals against average in 222:51, all but 17:09 on the season.
The Leopards went 5-12 overall last spring.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/LEOPARDS SERIES
Saturday's game will mark the 15th all-time between Saint Joseph’s and Lafayette, and the Hawks own an 8-6 series edge after dropping the first six match-ups and winning the last eight. The Hawks and Leopards played each other every year from 1997-2010.
All-time series results:
2010 - W - 14-3 - Away
2009 - W - 14-2 - Home
2008 - W - 11-7 - Away
2007 - W - 14-6 - Home
2006 - W - 11-6 - Away
2005 - W - 14-8 - Home
2004 - W - 13-8 - Away
2003 - W - 13-7 - Home
2002 - L - 11-6 - Away
2001 - L - 17-7 - Home
2000 - L - 13-6 - Away
1999 - L - 13-12 - Away
1998 - L - 16-5 - Home
1997 - L - 18-5 - Away
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