PHILADELPHIA – Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (4-4, 0-0 A-10) opens Atlantic 10 Conference action with a pair on the road. The Hawks will first face St. Bonaventure (1-7, 0-0 A-10) today, March 21, with opening draw control set for 6:00 p.m. at the Marra Athletics Complex in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Note - This game was originally scheduled to be played on Friday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. but was moved up due the forecast of expected snow upstate.
Live streaming of the game will be available via a subscription to ESPN+, ESPN’s new streaming platform and the new home for a majority of Atlantic 10 Conference live digital events.
The Hawks will then head to Duquesne (5-1, 0-0 A-10) for Sunday's match-up, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Rooney Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Dukes will open conference play at VCU on Friday (4:00 p.m.) before returning home, where they are 4-1 on the season, to host the Hawks. Live streaming of that contest will be made available through ESPN+.
Saint Joseph's has 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 semifinals. 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.
VCU was predicted to finish sixth, while Duquesne was tabbed ninth. The 2019 A-10 Championship will be held at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va. from April 25-28. Following the expansion of the postseason field prior to the start of the 2016 season, six teams will qualify for the 2019 A-10 postseason. The Hawks have reached the semifinals in each of their last three seasons.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 AT ST. BONAVENTURE
Heading into Thursday's Atlantic 10 opener against the Bonnies, the Hawks rank eighth nationally in caused turnovers per game, directly forcing the opposition to turn the ball over 12.13 times per contest. A defensive trio has led the way as senior Sinead Brierley forces just under two per game and junior captains Bridget Cerciello and Julia Pash force 1.38 per game.
SCOUTING ST. BONAVENTURE
St. Bonaventure is 1-7 on the season with losses to Lafayette, 18-1, Niagara, 17-2, and Butler, 10-8, an 18-10 win over Kent State, and losses to Kennesaw State, 21-14, Mercer, 19-6, Robert Morris, 18-9, and, most recently, Siena, 18-6, on Tuesday.
Destinee Johnson (12g, 14a) and Rylee Arnold (14g, 7a) lead the Bonnies in scoring while Kathryn Yoder owns high defensive numbers in ground balls (14) and caused turnovers (18). Goalkeeper Savannah Clarke (1-7) sports a .358 save percentage and 16.38 goals against average with 73 saves vs. 131 goals allowed in all 480:00 on the spring.
St. Bonaventure went 0-17 last year and 0-9 in conference play.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/BONNIES SERIES
Thursday's game will mark the 20th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and St. Bonaventure. The Hawks hold an 11-8 all-time series edge and are 3-1 under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe, where the Hawks are averaging 19.25 goals per game against the Bonnies over the last four seasons. SJU has scored at least 20 goals against SBU in each of the last three meetings.
All-time series results:
2018 - W - 20-6 - Home
2017 - W - 22-14 - Away
2016 - W - 20-9 - Home
2015 - L - 15-10 - Away
2014 - W - 11-7 - Home
2013 - W - 13-7 - Away
2012 - W - 17-11 - Home
2011 - L - 11-10 - Away
2010 - L - 13-12 - Home
2009 - W - 12-5 - Away
2008 - W - 10-9 (2OT) - Home
2007 - L - 13-6 - Away
2006 - L - 12-10 - Home
2005 - L - 17-9 - Away
2004 - L - 13-12 (OT) - Home
2003 - L - 11-7 - Away
2002 - W - 13-8 - Home
2001 - W - 11-8 - Away
2000 - W - 20-3 - Home
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 AT DUQUESNE
Duquesne enters its A-10 opener at VCU on Friday having gone 5-1 in non-conference play with four consecutive wins over Longwood, 22-9, Butler, 16-8, Saint Francis (Pa.), 17-2, and Detroit Mercy, 23-9, before suffering its first loss of the season vs. Louisville, 23-13, on March 12. The Dukes bounced back for a 24-18 win over Central Michigan on March 15.
Michaela Connolly (17g, 13a), Rilee Bradshaw (17g, 3a), and Maddie Hart (17g, 2a) lead the Dukes in scoring while both Hart (17gb, 17ct) and Sydney Reed (18gb, 17ct) have been forces on the defensive end of the field. Maddy Curtis (4-1) sports a .333 save percentage and 11.15 goals against average with 28 saves vs. 56 goals allowed in 301:16, all but 58:44 on the season, in all six starts.
The Dukes went 4-12 overall and 2-7 in A-10 play last spring.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/DUKES SERIES
Sunday’s game will mark the 21st all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Duquesne. The Dukes own a 16-4 all-time series advantage since 1999, but the Hawks have won three of the last four meetings under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe. In last year’s 15-4 victory, then-junior midfielder Sinead Brierley scored a game-high four goals, then-junior attacker Francesca Donato registered a game-high five points, and then-junior midfielder Rebecca Lane notched a hat trick, which included her 100th career goal.
All-time series results:
2018 - W - 15-4 - Home
2017 - W - 19-7 - Away
2016 - W - 9-8 (OT) - Home
2015 - L - 15-8 - Away
2014 - L - 10-8 - Home
2013 - L - 16-1 - Away
2012 - L - 13-10 (2OT) - Home
2011 - L - 14-5 - Away
2010 - L - 13-10 - Home
2009 - W - 15-10 - Away
2008 - L - 14-11 - Away
2007 - L - 8-7 (3OT) - Home
2006 - L - 17-5 - Away
2005 - L - 11-6 - Home
2004 - L - 11-9 - Away
2003 - L - 9-5 - Home
2002 - L - 14-7 - Away
2001 - L - 16-5 - Away
2000 - L - 16-11 - Home
1999 - L - 13-8 - Away
BUTTNER, DEFENSE LOCKED IN
Saint Joseph's defensive unit held Delaware to just seven goals in the Hawks' 9-7 win over the Blue Hens last Saturday. Sophomore goalkeeper Corinne Buttner, making her first Sweeney Field start of the season, turned away 14 shots in the full 60:00 while SJU forced 17 of Delaware's 22 total turnovers, led by senior Sinead Brierley (4), junior captains Bridget Cerciello (3) and Julia Pash (3), and sophomore Taylor Newman-Farr (3).
Brierley has been a force on the defensive end of the field this spring and leads the Hawks in ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (13).
HOME SWEET HOME
Despite suffering four losses through eight games during the non-conference season, the Hawks are 3-1 on Hawk Hill with wins coming over Temple, 17-8, Villanova, 16-8, and Delaware, 9-7. SJU's only home loss came at the hands of then-#22 Georgetown in the season opener.
4-0 VS. 0-4
Saint Joseph's is 4-0 this year against unranked teams and teams that have not received votes toward national rankings with wins over Temple, 17-8, Villanova, 16-8, Lafayette, 16-12, and Delaware, 9-7. 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 had received votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at the start of the week of competition against the Hawks.
ATTENTION FOR THE ATTACK
Saint Joseph's starting attacking trio of seniors Francesca Donato (16g, 17a) and Rebecca Lane (18g, 6a) and sophomore Stephanie Kelly (18g, 11a) combined for 86 of SJU's 151 points (57%) through eight non-conference games this spring. Sophomore attacker Sam McGee rounded out the starting attacking unit with 15 points (10g, 5a).
BIG-TIME ON THE BIG STAGE
Saint Joseph's 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).
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 58 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.
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 (60) 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.
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 - 44
9. Jenna Martino '10 - 38
10. Alana Glanell '12 - 32
on the cusp... Stephanie Kelly '21 - 31
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 - 60
T-10th. Michelle Van Wert '05 - 50
T-10th. Kristen Kelbon '18 - 50
on the cusp... Julia Pash '20 - 46
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.
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