March 23, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team downed Robert Morris, 10-6, Friday afternoon despite poor weather conditions at Finnesey Field. Robert Morris falls to 3-5 while SJU improves to 3-1. Jessica Westlake and Jenna Martino paced the Hawks, each notching hat tricks for the day.
Despite losing the first draw control of the contest, the Hawks quickly gained possession of the ball and were first on the board after Westlake scored off a quick pass in front from Christina Colangelo. The Colonials answered back a minute later as Jillian Howley tied the game assisted by Kara Blakeley. 35 seconds later, SJU again took the lead, as Westlake netted her second of the game, this time from Ashley Brennan to make the score 2-1. Possession shifted back and forth for the next seven and a half minutes until Jenn Collins took the ball in herself, tying the game for Robert Morris at 17:20.
The Hawks quickly regained the lead again when Brennan found the back of the net two minutes later off a sharp pass from Colangelo. Saint Joseph's would go on to maintain the lead for the remainder of the contest. The Hawks dominated the ball for most of the next 12 minutes, including adding another goal at the 4:53 mark with Brennan scoring her second goal of the contest off a feed from Abby Renninger. Each team managed to notch one more before going into the break. Ashley Levering scored, assisted by Jenn Collins with a little over three minutes remaining followed by Martino netting a free position goal for the Hawks with a minute remaining. The score had SJU up 5-3 at the half.
Robert Morris came out strong in the second half, opening up the scoring a minute into play with a goal by Brittanny Smith to close the gap to 5-4. Less than a minute later, Westlake quickly answered back for the Hawks. SJU kept the momentum going, refusing to downgrade their pressure of play despite worsening visibility and harder rainfall. Lindsey-Kate McCool added another free position goal for the Hawks and then two minutes later, assisted Martino with her second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Martino complete her hat trick with a free position goal making the score 9-4 in favor of the Hawks. Colangelo added to SJU's tally off a short pass from Colleen Ingelsby following a free position attempt.
With 6:15 remaining in regulation, the Colonials began to cut the deficit. First, Ali Gibbons found the back of the net off a pass from Smith, and then again with a little over two minutes remaining as Gibbons fired in a free position shot. The goal would prove to be RMU's last of the game despite earning three more free position attempts.
The Hawks took 26 shots for the day and grabbed 20 groundballs to the Colonials' 10. Sophomore goalkeeper Suzy Herlihy saw all 60 minutes in goal, making six saves in the contest.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Sunday, March 25th in the second of a five-game home stand. The Hawks will face the George Mason Patriots, with game time set for 1:00 pm