MERION STATION, Pa. – The 12th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team ran its winning streak to eight games with a 7-2 win over Saint Francis at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Tonya Botherway scored two goals on the day for SJU.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph's (11-1 overall, 4-0 Atlantic 10) broke through late in a quiet first quarter to take the lead. On a penalty corner, Kathrin Bentz sent a ball toward the cage that was redirected in by Jordan Olenginski for a 1-0 Hawk lead.
• The home team picked up the offensive pace in the second, scoring on a pair of corners 45 seconds apart. Emily Peters scored on a pass from Pepa Serrano to double the lead, while Bentz found the cage with a blast from the top of the circle to make it a 3-0 game with 12 minutes to go in the first half.
• The Hawks then took advantage of another corner in the closing seconds of the second quarter, as Peters followed her own initial shot to send a pass over to Carolina Boxer, who tucked it home with seven seconds to go to send the Hawks into the break with a four-goal lead.
• Saint Francis (3-10 overall, 1-3 Atlantic 10) got on the board with three minutes to go in the third as Natalie Scheib picked up a loose ball after an initial corner attempt was blocked.
• Early in the fourth quarter, the Hawks answered with two goals in quick succession. Botherway took the ball through the Red Flash defense right from the opening whistle of the quarter and fired a rocket home from the top of the circle to restore the four-goal lead just 11 seconds into the frame. Serrano added on to the lead two minutes later with a high blast of her own.
• Bentz then set up Botherway for her second of the day with six minutes to go in the game. The Red Flash tallied one last goal in the final seconds as Taylor Nesmith found Kellie Drugotch on the counterattack.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• Saint Joseph's outshot Saint Francis 32-3 for the afternoon and put 23 of those shots on target. The 32 shots are a season-high for the Hawks, as are the 14 attacking penalty corners SJU earned on Sunday.
• Bentz and Serrano tallied a goal and two assists apiece, while Olenginski and Peters had three-point days with a goal an an assist each.
• SFU goalkeeper Claudia Marzec made 14 saves on the day.
The Hawks hit the road for a pair of Atlantic 10 contests next weekend, as they visit VCU on Friday and Richmond on Sunday.
Saint Francis (3-10, 1-3) 0 0 1 1 – 2
Saint Joseph's (11-1, 4-0) 1 3 0 3 – 7
SJU: Olenginski, Peters, Bentz, Boxer, Botherway (2), Serrano
SFU: Scheib, Drugotch
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