The Saint Joseph's field hockey team hits the road for its final two regular season games over the next four days. The Hawks will close out the Atlantic 10 portion of their schedule with a matchup at La Salle on Thursday afternoon before heading south to face Division I's lone unbeaten, top-ranked North Carolina, on Sunday.
**Due to inclement weather on Thursday, the previously-scheduled streams at La Salle have been canceled.**
**Sunday's game at North Carolina will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra. ACCNX is only available to customers whose cable subscriptions include the over-the-air ACC Network. There is no digital-only subscription option.**
#13 Saint Joseph's at La Salle
Thursday, October 31 | 3:00 p.m. | Hank DeVincent Field
• Saint Joseph's (14-2 overall, 7-0 Atlantic 10) is ranked 13th in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. The Hawks, who slipped two spots after splitting a pair of games last weekend, are ranked for the 29th consecutive poll.
• On Friday, the Hawks clinched their fourth consecutive outright Atlantic 10 regular season title with a 5-0 blanking of Davidson. Five different Hawks found the cage, while goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke and the SJU defense pitched its third shutout of the season.
• On Sunday, Saint Joseph's took an early lead and led by a pair at halftime, but two third-quarter goals and a corner conversion in the fourth led then-#7 Michigan to a 4-3 victory in a high-level match played in a driving rain at Ellen Ryan Field.
• The loss to the Wolverines snapped SJU's 31-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. The Hawks' previous defeat at home came on September 25, 2016, against Albany.
• After scoring two goals, including Friday's game-winner, and adding an assist, Emily Sayre was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Kathrin Bentz totaled three points over the two-game stretch to earn her fourth Defensive Player of the Week nod as well.
• Tonya Botherway leads the Atlantic 10 in goals with 15 and points with 31. Pepa Serrano is the A-10 leader with 14 assists, and her 28 total points are good for second in the league, while Bentz sits in third in points with 26 and second in assists with 12.
• Jordan Olenginski scored a pair of goals over the weekend to move to nine on the second, good for second in the conference and on the squad, while her 21 points rank her fourth in the conference. Bentz and Serrano are tied for fourth with seven apiece, while Kacie Patton's six tie her for seventh.
• Kammerinke has started all 16 games for SJU, stopping over 70% of shots faced to go with a 1.54 goals against average.
• Saint Joseph's still boasts the nation's highest-scoring offense, leading Division I with 4.44 goals per game and 12.38 points per game; the Hawks are also number one with a 4.41 scoring average. SJU ranks second in the nation with 3.50 assists per game and a 2.92 scoring margin.
• Serrano (0.81) and Bentz (0.75) are fifth and ninth, respectively, in Division I in assists per game. Botherway also checks in as the nation's fifth-ranked goal-scorer with 0.94 per game.
• La Salle (7-10 overall, 3-4 Atlantic 10) stopped a four-game skid with a 3-2 win over Lehigh on Sunday. Rialee Allen scored a pair of early goals to lead the Explorers to their fifth consecutive victory over the Mountain Hawks.
• Allen is the Explorers' leader with six goals, while Amanda Chapin leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with 18 points. Her team-leading 10 assists also rank her third in the Atlantic 10 in that category. Chapin is also second in the A-10 with four defensive saves.
• Cassie Kincaid and Emma Provost have shared the majority of goalkeeping duties for La Salle throughout the season. Kincaid has a 2.22 GAA in eight starts, while Provost has started six games and checks in with a 2.12 GAA. Chloe South has made two starts as well and has an identical 2.12 GAA.
• The Hawks enjoy a 30-16 advantage in the all-time series, having won the last four matchups between the two schools. Incidentally, the teams met on Halloween five years ago at Hank DeVincent Field, with the Explorers coming away with a 3-1 victory.
• The defending national champions, North Carolina (16-0) won its 39th consecutive game on Sunday, topping #19 Old Dominion, 1-0. Megan DuVernois tallied late in the third quarter to give the Tar Heels the win.
• Erin Matson is the nation's leading scorer with 57 points on the season, while her 22 goals are tied for the second most in the nation. Matson leads the country in goals, assists, and points per game, however, having missed the Heels' last two contests while with the United States National Team.
• Marissa Creatore and Catherine Hayden are second and third on the team with 26 and 25 points, respectively; the pair is tied for second on the team with 12 goals apiece. Yentl Leemans ranks second on the team with 12 assists.
• Amanda Hendry has started all but two games in the cage for UNC, posting a 1.02 GAA and a .733 save percentage. Alex Halpin has made two starts and holds a 0.74 GAA of her own.
• Sunday's game pits the nation's two most prolific offenses against one another, as North Carolina leads the nation in scoring margin, while trailing only the Hawks in goals and points per game. The Tar Heels rank third in the nation with a sub-1.00 team GAA.
• The head coach of the Tar Heels, Karen Shelton, is in her 39th season in Chapel Hill and ranks second in NCAA history with 685 career victories.
• The two programs have met just once before, in the First Round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. In a game hosted by Virginia, the Tar Heels scored early and added two more late in the first half to take control en route to a 4-0 win; UNC would go on to reach the national semifinals that season. This is not SJU's first visit to Karen Shelton Stadium, however, as a year ago, the Hawks took on Michigan in an NCAA Tournament game held in Chapel Hill.