After claiming its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season championship, the Saint Joseph's field hockey team is off to Richmond, Virginia, as the top seed in the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship, to be held at the University of Richmond's Crenshaw Field this week.
The Hawks will take on fourth-seeded Lock Haven on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the tournament's first semifinal. The winner will meet the winner of Friday's second semifinal between second-seeded Massachusetts and third-seeded Richmond at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday for the tournament championship and the Atlantic 10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
• Saint Joseph's (15-3 overall, 8-0 Atlantic 10) split its final two games, polishing off its third unbeaten league season in four years with a 4-2 win at La Salle on Thursday. On Sunday, the Hawks took the nation's top team to double overtime before eventually falling at top-ranked and unbeaten North Carolina, 3-2. The Tar Heels opened a two-goal lead early in the third quarter, but a third-quarter goal from Tonya Botherway and a fourth-quarter equalizer from Kate Blincoe pushed the contest to extra frames.
• Carolina Boxer scored two goals and added an assist at La Salle and earned herself both Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors from the Atlantic 10 on Monday.
• The Hawks remained at #13 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. The Hawks have been ranked in the last 30 polls, dating back to September of 2017.
• Saint Joseph's boasts the nation's leading offense, ranking atop Division I in goals per game, points per game, and scoring average, second in scoring margin, and third in assists per game.
• The Hawks also dominate the league leaderboards in goals, assists, and points:
Points: Tonya Botherway (1st, 34); Pepa Serrano (2nd, 28); Kathrin Bentz (3rd, 27); Jordan Olenginski (4th, 23), Carolina Boxer (10th, 16)
Goals: Botherway (1st, 15); Olenginski (2nd, 10); Bentz (T-3rd, 7); Serrano (T-3rd, 7); Kacie Patton (T-9th, 6); Emily Peters (T-9th, 6); Emily Sayre (T-9th, 6)
Assists: Serrano (1st, 14); Bentz (2nd, 13); Boxer (T-4th, 6); Kate Blincoe (T-8th, 5); Peters (T-8th, 5)
• Victoria Kammerinke has started every game in the cage for the Hawks and was named a PhilaFieldHockey.com Defensive Player of the Week after tying a season-high with nine saves in the game at North Carolina on Sunday.
• Lock Haven (11-7 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) is led by Jazmin Palma's 16 points and team-best six assists. Palma has tallied five goals, as has MacKenzie Farley, to rank behind Amy Stevens's six on the Bald Eagles' scoring ledger.
• Joaquina Orlandini has started all but one game in the cage for Lock Haven, posting a 1.31 goals against average and a league-best eight shutouts.
• Lucy Cooper's 17 points lead the way for Massachusetts (10-9 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10), which qualified for the postseason in dramatic fashion with a shootout win over VCU on November 1. Her six goals are also a team high, one ahead of Jess Beech and Bella Ianni.
• Beech and Georgie McTear are second on the team with 12 points each, while McTear's four assists are one behind Cooper for the top spot.
• Marlise van Tonder has taken the reigns in the cage, checking in with a 1.45 GAA and posting five shutouts.
• Host Richmond (10-9 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) is led by Elise Zwicklbauer, whose seven goals, five assists, and 19 points are all tops on the Spider squad. Addie Nash ranks second in goals and points with six and 13, respectively, while Lindsey Frank matches Zwicklbauer with five helpers on the season.
• Frankie-Lynne Conklin has made all 19 starts for the Spiders, turning in a 1.96 GAA with one shutout.
HAWKS vs. THE FIELD
#2 Massachusetts: The Hawks opened conference play on September 27 with a 4-1 win over the Minutewomen in Amherst. A 2-0 halftime lead doubled in the span of two and a half minutes midway through the third quarter as Kathrin Bentz and Pepa Serrano combined for seven points on the day.
#3 Richmond: In an October 20 game whose start was delayed three hours by Tropical Storm Nestor, the Hawks took a pair of one-goal leads that the Spiders were able to erase, but Tonya Botherway's goal with 1:05 to go in regulation powered the Hawks to their first win over the Spiders at Crenshaw Field in 18 years.
#4 Lock Haven: Victoria Kammerinke made three saves for her first Atlantic 10 shutout of the season while four different Hawks found the cage in a 4-0 win at Ellen Ryan Field on October 4.
vs. Massachusetts: Minutewomen lead, 32-9
vs. Richmond: Spiders lead, 21-10
vs. Lock Haven: Bald Eagles lead, 7-5