PHILADELPHIA – Led by its senior class as it has been all year, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse squad took down La Salle, 19-7, in Atlantic 10 action in SJU's regular-season home finale on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Hawks improve to 10-6 overall (6-2 A-10) while the Explorers drop to 5-10 overall (3-5 A-10).
Senior midfielder Hayley Sabol led the way with a game-high seven points on a game-high five goals and two assists while sophomore attacker Stephanie Kelly added six points (3g, 3a) and freshman attacker Lauren Figura scored four times off the bench.
Of note defensively, junior captain Julia Pash shut down La Salle's offensive efforts with seven caused turnovers.
Senior attacker Francesca Donato added two goals and a helper; her second goal early in the second half brought her to 76 points for the season, which ties the offensive standout for SJU's program record in single-season points.
Senior defender Ally Beck forced two second-half turnovers, the first of which put her in sole possession of second on SJU's all-time list for career caused turnovers, with 68. Senior Sinead Brierley also chipped in two caused turnovers and scored, of course, on Senior Day.
"This senior class is really special," said head coach Alex Kahoe following the game. "They came in their freshman year and have believed and really made a difference in taking this program where it is today. They've given so much heart and so much hard work and have really developed into such leaders on our team that make a difference on and off the field."
Leading 5-3 midway through the first half, the Hawks tore off on a 5-0 run en route to a 9-5 advantage at the halftime break.
From there, there was no question. Brierley hit the back of the net to start the second half (28:28) and SJU scored seven consecutive times after that to take a 17-5 lead into the final 15:16.
Saint Joseph's closes out the regular season at Richmond this Friday, April 19. Opening draw control down in Richmond, Va. is set for 4:00 p.m.