MERION STATION, Pa. – A fourth-quarter goal from freshman Kacie Patton gave the 17th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team a 2-1 win over #19 Rutgers at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Pepa Serrano set up the game-winner, giving her the program record for career assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• It was a cagey start as the teams combined for just three shots in the first quarter, but the Hawks made one of theirs count as freshman Kate Blincoe released junior Jordan Olenginski on a breakway; Olenginski spun around and put a shot over Rutgers' Gianna Glatz and into the cage for a 1-0 lead late in the first quarter.
• The Hawks had four attacking corners in the second quarter, but could not convert and took the one-goal lead into halftime. It was more of the same in the third, as senior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke made a pair of saves and Glatz added one of her own to keep things at 1-0 heading into the fourth.
• Rutgers' leading scorer Austyn Cuneo drew the visitors level less than a minute into the fourth quarter as she took a feed from Tayla Parkes on the second of back-to-back corners and sent it into the cage to make it a 1-1 game with 14:11 to go.
• The Hawks answered six minutes later as Serrano streaked down the right side and sent a ball across the face of the goal; Patton was there to tip it home and both put the Hawks on top and give Serrano the all-time assist record.
• The rest of the quarter was the Victoria Kammerinke show, as the senior turned away five shots, all on penalty corner opportunities, in the game's final two and a half minutes to preserve the win and move the Hawks to 3-0 on the season.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• Serrano's assist was her Atlantic 10-leading fourth of the season and the 35th of her collegiate career. That breaks the previous record 34, held by Anna Willocks '19, who originally broke the record in the 2017 Atlantic 10 championship game.
• The Scarlet Knights outshot the Hawks on the afternoon by a 13-12 margin, but Kammerinke came up with eight saves – seven of them in the second half – to backstop SJU to the victory.
• Both teams had seven penalty corner opportunities, with Rutgers taking six in the fourth quarter.
• "Rutgers is a really good team, and I'm really proud of this group for sticking to the game plan," head coach Lynn Farquhar said after the win. "We stuck with our strengths and were willing to adjust to attacking spaces. Our defensive penalty corner unit also came up big in the last quarter. There were a lot of good signs of growth and we're going to keep on working and moving forward."
• "From my position on the field I always try to find a player to score," Serrano said after setting the new record. "As a personal motivation, I wanted to have it as a goal to get a lot of assists...I try to focus on the game and try to [help the team] win the game."
Saint Joseph's hits the road for a pair, visiting 18th-ranked Syracuse on Friday night before heading to Cornell on Sunday, September 15.
Rutgers (2-2) 0 0 0 1 – 1
Saint Joseph's (3-0) 1 0 0 1 – 2
SJU: Olenginski, Patton
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