PHILADELPHIA – After closing out a three-game road stretch at Towson on Wednesday night, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (3-4) returns home for the first time since March 2 to host Delaware (3-4) in the Hawks' non-conference finale this Saturday, March 16. Opening draw control is set for noon on Sweeney Field.
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Saint Joseph's enters Saturday's contest averaging 12.71 goals per match-up compared to Delaware's 10.0.
CONFERENCE PLAY ON DECK
Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe, the Hawks will enter Atlantic 10 action next Friday, March 22 at St. Bonaventure. The Hawks have been predicted to finish third in the regular-season standings this year, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches and announced on January 30. The Hawks finished third (7-2 A-10) in league standings last spring and made their third consecutive postseason appearance, reaching the semi-finals. Returning All-Conference selections from a year ago include First Team attacker Rebecca Lane, Second Team midfielder Bridget Cerciello, and Rookie Team attackers Stephanie Kelly and Sam McGee.
HOME SWEET HOME
Despite suffering four losses through seven games this season, the Hawks are 2-1 on Hawk Hill with wins coming over Temple, 17-8, and Villanova, 16-8, and the only loss coming at the hands of then-#22 Georgetown in the season opener.
3-0 VS. 0-4
Saint Joseph's is 3-0 this year against unranked teams and teams that have not received votes toward national rankings with wins over Temple, 17-8, Villanova, 16-8, and Lafayette, 16-12. The Hawks are 0-4 against nationally-ranked programs and teams that have received votes toward national rankings but put up a combined 40 goals in losses to then-#22 Georgetown, 12-9, then-#13/19/18 Navy, 12-11, then-#17/8/10 Johns Hopkins, 17-11, and Towson, 17-9, who received votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at the start of this week.
BIG-TIME ON THE BIG STAGE
Saint Joseph's has played a pair of tough programs recently in then-#17 Johns Hopkins and Towson - both on the road. A trio of Hawks lit up the scoring as senior attacker Francesca Donato put up a combined seven points (3g, 4a) against the Blue Jays (hat trick) and Tigers and both sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly (4g, 1a, hat trick against the Tigers) and junior midfielder Bridget Cerciello (5g, hat trick against the Blue Jays) added significantly to the offense.
Trailing 12-9 with just under 20 minutes remaining in regulation at Lafayette on March 9, 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.
"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, 16a) and Rebecca Lane (18g, 6a) and sophomore Stephanie Kelly (15g, 8a) have combined for 77 of SJU's 136 points (57%) through seven 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 (59) 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 (3-2) 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. She now sits at 3-2 on the season but 3-1 against unranked opponents.
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 - 43
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 - 59
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
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Delaware is 3-4 on the season and looking to find its first multiple-game winning streak this year; the Blue Hens opened with a 7-4 road win over Temple before dropping back-to-back home contests, against then-#10/13 Penn, 15-4, and Rutgers, 12-11 in overtime. They then earned their second win of the season with an 11-8 road victory over La Salle before again dropping back-to-back home contests, against then-#18/18 Georgetown, 15-11, and Coastal Carolina, 14-10. Delaware is coming off of its first home win in five chances with a 16-8 victory over George Mason on Wednesday; Christine Long (4g, 1a) and Mia DeRuggiero (1g, 5a) sparked the offense while Kate Brewster made nine saves vs. eight goals allowed in the cage.
Long (team-high 20g, 2a) and DeRuggiero (5g, team-high 19a) bolster the scoring while Chantae Simms runs the defense with 18 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. Brewster (2-4) sports a .447 save percentage and 11.05 goals against average with 59 saves vs. 73 goals allowed in 396:17, all but 28:12 on the season.
Delaware went 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring, reaching the 2018 CAA semifinals.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/BLUE HENS SERIES
Saturday's game will mark the fourth meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Delaware in program history and the first under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe. The Hawks won the inaugural meeting, 10-8, in Delaware in 2009 and then dropped back-to-back meetings in 2010, 12-6, and 2011, 13-3.
DID YOU KNOW?
Saint Joseph's fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe coached at Delaware from 2003-06 and was the associate head coach from 2005-06.
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