PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (3-3) will close out its three-game road stretch at Towson (0-6) this Wednesday, March 13. Opening draw control at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. is set for 7:00 p.m.
Live streaming of the game will be made available through the Towson Sports Network.
The Hawks enter the game having won three of their last four while the Tigers, who received votes in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, have dropped all six of their games, all to nationally-ranked opponents.
Saint Joseph's has put up double-digit goals five times in the opening six games and enters Wednesday's contest averaging 13.33 goals per match-up compared to Towson's 8.67. The Tigers, however, bring Sami Chenoweth into the game, the nation's leader in caused turnovers per contest at 4.40.
Trailing 12-9 with just under 20 minutes remaining in regulation at Lafayette on Saturday, the Hawks fired off seven straight goals to take home a come-from-behind, 16-12 victory. Senior attacker Rebecca Lane had a hat trick during the run, and six of SJU's seven goals were unassisted.
3-0 VS. 0-3
Saint Joseph's is 3-0 this year against teams ranked outside of the nation's Top 25 with wins over Temple, 17-8, Villanova, 16-8, and Lafayette, 16-12. The Hawks are 0-3 against nationally-ranked programs but put up a combined 31 goals in losses to then-#22 Georgetown, 12-9, then-#13/19/18 Navy, 12-11, and then-#17/8/10 Johns Hopkins, 17-11.
"ATTACKING" THE POINTS MILESTONE
With her fourth goal (and fifth point) of the game in SJU's 16-8 win over Villanova on March 2, 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. "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 then-#17 Johns Hopkins on March 6, 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 57 career games played, she owns 209 points (second all-time at SJU), 125 goals (fifth all-time), and 84 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 24 this year.
ATTENTION FOR THE ATTACK
Saint Joseph's starting attacking trio of seniors Francesca Donato (14g, 13a) and Rebecca Lane (18g, 6a) and sophomore Stephanie Kelly (12g, 8a) have combined for 71 of SJU's 124 points through six games this spring. Sophomore attacker Sam McGee rounds out the starting attacking unit with 15 points (10g, 5a).
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 seventh all-time in career caused turnovers at SJU (58) and, if she performs at last year's pace, could leave Hawk Hill ranked second all-time in the category. Against Villanova on March 2, Beck anchored 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 (3-1) got 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. After suffering her first loss, at then-#17 Johns Hopkins last Wednesday, Weedon made seven saves in SJU's 16-12, come-from-behind win over Lafayette this past Saturday for her third victory in four games.
2. Jenna Martino '10 - 154
3. Kerry O'Connell '06 - 141
4. Nora McCallion '17 - 134
5. Rebecca Lane '19 - 125
1. Rebecca Lane '19 - 84
2. Shannon Feite '97 - 72
7. Maggie Egan '17 - 48
8. Francesca Donato '19 - 40
9. Jenna Martino '10 - 38
10. Alana Glanell '12 - 32
on the cusp... Stephanie Kelly '21 - 28
1. Shannon Feite '97 - 243
2. Rebecca Lane '19 - 209
Career Caused Turnovers
4. Abby Renninger '09 - 65
T-5. Elizabeth Fox '12 - 62
T-5. Kathleen Burke '03 - 62
7. Ally Beck '19 - 58
T-10th. Michelle Van Wert '05 - 50
T-10th. Kristen Kelbon '18 - 50
on the cusp... Julia Pash '20 - 43
on the cusp... Hayley Sabol '19 - 42
Taylor Newman-Farr is from a military family with military aspirations of her own. From excelling in her JROTC program at South Lakes High School to working toward becoming a nurse in the Air Force, SJU's starting sophomore midfielder has her eyes set on taking the world by storm. Read the full feature here: tinyurl.com/GoingFarr22.
Towson is 0-6 after opening the season against all nationally-ranked opponents; the Tigers fell to then-#12 Penn State, 13-7, then-#22 Georgetown, 10-7, then-#18 Navy, 14-13, then-#10 Stony Brook, 14-8, then-#10 Loyola (Md.), 12-6, and, most recently, then-#13 Michigan, 12-11, this past Sunday.
Kaitlin Thornton (12g, 6a), Natalie Sulmonte (12g, 2a), and Annie Sachs (9g, 2a) lead Towson's offense while Sami Chenoweth has been strong on the defensive end, going for 11 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers through six games. Kiley Keating (0-6) sports a .432 save percentage and 12.50 goals against average on 57 saves vs. 75 goals allowed in all 360:00 in net.
Towson went 16-5 and 5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring and reached the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/TIGERS SERIES
Wednesday’s game will mark just the third meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Towson in program history and just the second in over two decades. The Tigers own a 2-0 edge, defeating the Hawks 13-2 at home last spring and 21-4 in 1995.
FOLLOW THE HAWKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Be sure to follow the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program on Twitter and Instagram and like the Hawks on Facebook. Fans can receive all of the latest news and info on the women's lacrosse program with Hawk E-News.