NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – After leading the Hawks to the program's first win over Temple since 2009 and the program's first road win over the Owls in school history last Wednesday, Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse junior attacker Francesca Donato and sophomore midfielder Bridget Cerciello have earned Atlantic 10 weekly honors, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Donato was tabbed the league's Player of the Week while Cerciello was selected the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The honors mark the first of each Hawks' collegiate careers.
Donato matched a single-game, program-record 11 points on seven goals and four helpers to factor into 61 percent of SJU's scoring in the Hawks' 18-11 win over Temple. After the Owls went on a four-goal run and chipped back to within two scores, 11-9, with 19:11 to play in the second half, Donato scored four of SJU's next five goals to put the game away. Donato closed out her career-caliber day with her seventh goal of the game with 3:36 remaining on the scoreboard to give the Hawks their 18th and final goal of the afternoon.
The junior became just the third Hawk in program history, and the first since 2000, to record 11 points in one game.
In her first collegiate start, Cerciello was tasked with defending Nicole Barretta, Temple's leading scorer (12g, 5a) who was ranked in the nation's top ten in scoring entering the contest. Cerciello held Barretta to just one goal on three shots for the game in a tremendous defensive effort.
Donato, Cerciello, and the Hawks (2-1) return to action this Thursday, March 1 at Villanova (2-1). Start time at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. is set for 3:00 p.m.