The Saint Joseph's field hockey team will take on a pair of local rivals this weekend as the Hawks travel to Villanova on Friday before hosting Drexel in their home opener on Sunday afternoon.
• Saint Joseph's (1-1) split its opening weekend, taking a 4-1 result at Temple before falling at sixth-ranked Maryland, 2-1.
• On Friday night, freshman Sara Hayes opened the scoring with her first collegiate goal before classmate Emily Henry bagged two of her own and junior Anna Willocks netted a goal and an assist as the Hawks kicked off the season with a 4-1 win over the Owls.
• Two days later, after a tense first half saw the sides enter the locker rooms without a goal, Willocks converted a penalty stroke early in the second half to give the Hawks the lead at Maryland. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, the Terrapins equalized and then went on to find a winner in the final five minutes of a 2-1 game.
• With her three-point night at Temple, Willocks became just the third Hawk to reach the 100-point plateau for her career (Linda Buonanno, Nicole Antonini). She ranks third in program history in goals and points, and 10th in assists.
• Willocks leads the Hawks with five points on two goals and an assist, while Henry's two goals rank her second in points.
• Sophomore Victoria Kammerinke made eight saves in the game at Maryland and has posted a 1.50 goals against average through the season's first two games.
• Villanova (0-2) opens its home slate on Friday after dropping a pair of road contests last weekend. The Wildcats at Longwood in overtime, 2-1, before suffering a 5-1 defeat at VCU.
• Allison Sayia and Megan Vermeil have each tallied a goal for VU, while Emma McLaughlin and Abby Siana added an assist apiece.
• Both Erika Miller and Jordyn Clipstone have seen time in the cage; Miller started both contests and made 11 saves, while Clipstone held VCU scoreless and made one save in a 16-minute relief appearance on Sunday.
• Last season, the Hawks turned a scoreless first half into a 4-0 win over the Wildcats at Ellen Ryan Field.
Saint Joseph's vs. Drexel
September 3 • 1:00 p.m. • Ellen Ryan Field
• Drexel (1-1) earned a split against a pair of Atlantic 10 teams on opening weekend, falling at VCU, 1-0, on Friday before topping Richmond, 2-1, on Sunday.
• Tess Bernheimer scored both goals for the Dragons, with the winner coming 10 minutes into the second half. Megan Wiest tallied assists on both goals as well.
• Erin Gilchrist went the distance in the cage in both games, making a combined 13 saves.
• The Hawks have won two in a row over the Dragons, claiming a 1-0 win at home in 2015 before taking a 2-1 overtime victory at Buckley Field last season.
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