PHILADELPHIA – It's a big upcoming weekend for the Crimson and Gray as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad (9-5, 5-1 A-10) is set to face a pair of key Atlantic 10 opponents, beginning at George Mason (9-5, 5-1 A-10) down in Fairfax, Va. this Friday, April 12. Opening draw control at George Mason Stadium, site of the 2019 A-10 Championships, is set for 4:00 p.m.
The Hawks and Patriots, along with the Richmond Spiders (5-1 A-10), sit in a three-way tie in the league standings, behind UMass (6-0 A-10).
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Saint Joseph's will then return home to host La Salle (5-8, 3-3 A-10) in the Hawks' regular-season home finale on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. The Explorers tie for fifth, with George Washington (3-3 A-10), in league standings and will host UMass on Friday at 2:00 p.m. before heading to Hawk Hill on Sunday.
Live streaming ($) of Sunday's game will also be available in the United States via a subscription to ESPN+, ESPN’s new streaming platform and the new home for a majority of Atlantic 10 Conference live digital events. For international streaming (A-10 Network), please click here. Live stats will also be provided at SJUHawks.com.
Saint Joseph's was 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.
The 2019 A-10 Championships 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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12 AT GEORGE MASON
Saint Joseph's senior attacker Francesca Donato leads the conference in points per game (5.07) and assists per game (2.57) while George Mason leads the league in shot percentage, scoring on 47.9 percent of their shots (169 goals on 353 shots).
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
The Patriots went 4-4 out of conference with season-opening losses to then-#2 Maryland, 16-5, and William and Mary, 10-6, wins over Longwood, 16-9, American, 13-10, and Canisius, 17-10, and losses to then-#6 Virginia, 20-9, and Delaware, 16-8, with a win over Iona, 17-6, sandwiched between. George Mason then opened A-10 play with a 9-8, overtime win over Richmond and a 20-6 victory over La Salle before falling to UMass, 24-5. From that point, the Patriots won three in a row, over St. Bonaventure, 19-5, Davidson, 11-7, and Duquesne, 14-13.
Deanna Balsama (39g, 13a) and Chachi Kelehan (32g, 15a) lead the offense while goalkeeper Melissa Semkiw (9-4, 5-1 A-10) sports a .470 save percentage and 11.75 goals against average on 117 saves vs. 132 goals allowed in 674:04.
George Mason went 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference last spring, falling to the Hawks in the A-10 quarterfinals, 14-9.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/PATRIOTS SERIES
Friday's game will mark the 15th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and George Mason. The Patriots own a 9-5 all-time series advantage, but the Hawks have won three in a row over the last two seasons, which included a 14-9 Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinal win in Richmond, Va. last spring; All-Tournament Team selection then-freshman attacker Sam McGee netted four goals in the win.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 VS. LA SALLE
Following the conclusion of Sunday's game, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse program will honor seniors Ally Beck, Sinead Brierley, Francesca Donato, Rebecca Lane, and Hayley Sabol in a Senior Day ceremony. With 41 wins as a class, this group will leave Hawk Hill as the all-time winningest class in program history; the Hawks won nine games in 2016, 11 games in 2017, 12 games in 2018, and nine games heading into Friday's match-up at George Mason. Additionally, all five of these Hawks are in SJU's record books in some capacity for individual feats.
SCOUTING THE EXPLORERS
La Salle enters their Friday game vs. UMass at 5-8 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Explorers went 2-5 in non-conference action with a season-opening win over LIU Brooklyn, 17-4, five straight losses to Manhattan, 9-4, Delaware, 11-8, Mount St. Mary's, 16-5, Temple, 13-10, and Marist, 12-11, and a win over Radford, 17-15. La Salle then defeated George Washington, 13-7, to open A-10 play before dropping back-to-back contests to George Mason, 20-6, and Davidson, 12-3. The Explorers bounced back with back-to-back wins over VCU, 12-6, and St. Bonaventure, 14-8, before dropping a closely-contested game to Richmond on their Senior Day, 14-13.
Bridget Ruskey (29g, 9a), Maddie Dachowski (28g, 6a), and Annina Iacobucci (15g, 10a) lead the Explorers in scoring while Molly Loughlin (5-7, 3-3 A-10) sports a .498 save percentage and 11.34 goals against average with 134 saves vs. 135 goals allowed in 714:11, all but 65:49 on the season.
The Explorers went 7-10 overall and 3-6 in league play last spring.
HISTORY OF THE HAWKS/EXPLORERS SERIES
Sunday's game will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and La Salle. The Hawks own a 14-7 all-time series advantage and are 3-1 under the direction of fifth-year head coach Alex Kahoe. Led by then-freshman attackers Stephanie Kelly (7g) and Sam McGee (4g, 1a), the Hawks put up 21 goals in the regular-season finale last spring. The Hawks and Explorers have played each other every year since 1998.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Hawks are 6-1 on Hawk Hill this spring with wins coming over Temple, 17-8, Villanova, 16-8, Delaware, 9-7, VCU, 17-13, George Washington, 15-8, and Davidson, 19-12. SJU's only home loss came at the hands of then-#22 Georgetown in the season opener.
9-1 VS. 0-4
Saint Joseph's is 9-1 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, Delaware, 9-7, St. Bonaventure, 17-4, Duquesne, 21-6, VCU, 17-13, George Washington, 15-8, and Davidson, 19-12; the Hawks' only loss against a team of that caliber was by three goals, 11-8, on the road at A-10 powerhouse UMass. 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.
"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). Senior attacker Francesca Donato (at then-#17 Johns Hopkins on March 6), senior attacker Hayley Sabol (vs. George Washington on April 5), and sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly (vs. Davidson on April 7) all reached their 100th career points this spring.
HAWKS IN THE PROGRAM RECORDS
2. Jenna Martino '10 - 154
3. Kerry O'Connell '06 - 141
4. Nora McCallion '17 - 134
5. Rebecca Lane '19 - 125
10. Margo Grant '97 - 90
on the cusp... Francesca Donato '19 - 87
on the cusp... Hayley Sabol '19 - 77
1. Rebecca Lane '19 - 84
2. Shannon Feite '97 - 72
3. Lindsey-Kate McCool '08 - 65
4. Francesca Donato '19 - 63
5. Shannon Hungate '03 - 57
T-6. Meghan McDevitt '13 - 56
T-6. Nora McCallion '17 - 56
T-8. Maggie Egan '17 - 48
T-8. Stephanie Kelly '21 - 48
1. Shannon Feite '97 - 243
2. Rebecca Lane '19 - 209
3. Jenna Martino '10 - 192
4. Nora McCallion '17 - 190
5. Kerry O'Connell '06 - 169
T-6. Meghan McDevitt '13 - 150
T-6. Francesca Donato '19 - 150
Career Caused Turnovers
1. Caroline Hagan '16 - 83
T-2. Alli MacDonald '12 - 67
T-2. Ally Beck '19 - 67
4. Barb Constantine '99 - 66
5. Abby Renninger '09 - 65
T-6. Elizabeth Fox '12 - 62
T-6. Kathleen Burke '03 - 62
7. Lindsey-Kate McCool '08 - 56
8. Julia Pash '20 - 54
T-10. Michelle Van Wert '05 - 50
T-10. Kristen Kelbon '18 - 50
on the cusp... Sinead Brierley '19 - 45
on the cusp... Hayley Sabol '19 - 42
SINGLE-SEASON NOTES: In the single-season assists records, Donato holds the record (36 and counting) while Kelly ranks third (28 and counting). In the single-season points records, Donato ranks second (71 and counting), just six shy of the record. Brierley ties for 10th in both ground balls (42) and caused turnovers (26).
In 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.
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