The Saint Joseph's field hockey team hits the road this weekend for a pair of key Atlantic 10 matchups in the capital of Virginia. The Hawks will visit VCU on Friday afternoon before heading over to meet the Richmond Spiders on Sunday.
Next week, the field hockey squad will be the focus of the Saint Joseph's Athletics Radio Show at J.D. McGillicuddy's on Brookline Boulevard in Havertown. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23; it is open to the public, and all Hawk fans, friends, and family are encouraged to attend.
• Saint Joseph's (11-1 overall, 4-0 Atlantic 10) held steady at #12 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday. The Hawks earned a win in their only contest last week, topping Saint Francis, 7-2, at Ellen Ryan Field.
• In Sunday's game, the Hawks used a three-goal second quarter to put the Red Flash away before halftime. Tonya Botherway tallied two goals on the day, while Kathrin Bentz and Pepa Serrano added a goal and two assists apiece. Jordan Olenginski and Emily Peters each notched a goal and an assist as well.
• Serrano leads the Atlantic 10 in both points (25) and assists (11) on the season while tying for second in goals with seven. Botherway is far and away the league leader with 11 goals, and her 23 points are good for second in the league behind Serrano.
• Bentz ranks third in points (18) and assists (eight), while Olenginski's 16 points give the Hawks the league's top four point-scorers.
• Peters and Kate Blincoe have totaled five assists each and are tied for fourth in the conference in the category.
• Victoria Kammerinke has started every game in the cage for the Hawks, posting two shutouts and ranking third in the conference in goals against average and save percentage.
• VCU (5-7 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) dropped a pair of road games last weekend, falling at Lock Haven, 1-0, and American, 4-1. Emily van Hijfte scored the Rams' lone goal in Sunday's defeat.
• Maite Sturm leads the Rams with six goals and 13 points, while Svea Sturm's three assists are tops on the squad. Three Rams are tied for second on the team with six points apiece, including van Hijfte, whose three goals place her in solo second in that category.
• Goalkeeper Sasha Elliott has started all but one contest for VCU, ranking among the league leaders in both GAA and save percentage.
• The Hawks hold a 10-4 advantage in the all-time series, having won the last six meetings between the two teams. SJU claimed a pair of wins over the Rams last season, both at Ellen Ryan Field; a 2-0 regular season victory was followed by a 1-0 win in the Atlantic 10 championship game.
• Richmond (7-6 overall, 3-1 Atlantic 10) won its lone contest last week, a 4-2 win at Saint Louis. Four different Spiders found the cage to give UR a 4-0 halftime lead en route to the victory.
• Elise Zwicklbauer leads the Spiders across the board with six goals, four assists, and 13 points. Steffie Bongers and Addie Nash rank second with three goals and seven points each; Lindsey Frank has dished out four assists as well to tie for the team lead.
• Frankie-Lynn Conklin has seen the lion's share of the action between the posts for Richmond, checking in with a 1.95 GAA on the season.
• The Spiders hold the all-time lead in the series, 21-9, but the Hawks have won four of the last five between the two sides. The last two times the schools have met in Richmond, however, the Spiders have come away with identical 1-0 wins.
• UR's Crenshaw Field will be the site of the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship.