The Saint Joseph's field hockey team returns to conference play this weekend with a pair of critical Atlantic 10 matchups in the capital of Virginia.  The Hawks will take on VCU on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before heading to Richmond on Sunday, with game time set for noon.

#21 Saint Joseph's at VCU
Friday, September 29 • 3:00 p.m. • Cary Street Field
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• Saint Joseph's (8-2 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) held on to the 21st spot in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Poll this week after beating Hofstra and Columbia.  The Hawks have now been ranked for three consecutive weeks.

• On Friday, junior Anna Willocks notched five points while classmate Monica Tice bagged four of her own as the Hawks routed Hofstra, 5-0.  Willocks converted penalty corner opportunities on either side of halftime before Tice, freshman Emily Peters, and sophomore Kayla Walker each added their first goals of the season.  Sophomore Victoria Kammerinke posted her third shutout of the year in the win.

• Two days later, the Hawks found themselves down a goal early at Columbia, but Peters scored her second in as many games to level things just 45 seconds later.  Freshman Emily Henry then added two goals late in the first half to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead, but the Lions roared back to tie the game and send it into overtime.  In the closing minutes of the extra period, junior Joely Helder tipped a ball from Tice into the cage to give the Hawks a dramatic 4-3 win.

• Henry, who tallied an assist in the win at Hofstra to add to her two goals at Columbia, was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.

• Willocks has taken over the team lead in scoring with 19 points on the year.  Her six goals tie her with Henry and freshman Quinn Maguire for tops in that category, while Maguire's 14 points and Henry's 13 rank second and third on the squad, respectively.

• Willocks leads the league with seven assists, while Tice and freshman Jordan Olenginski are second on the team with three helpers apiece.

• Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage for the Hawks, checking in with a 1.27 goals against average while stopping 78.3 percent of shots she's faced.

• VCU (8-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) has now won six in a row after wins over Lock Haven and Central Michigan last weekend.  On Friday, Natalie Bohmke converted a penalty stroke in overtime to lead the Rams to a 2-1 victory at LHU. and on Sunday, a goal in each half gave the Rams a 2-0 victory over the Chippewas.

• Bohmke added an assist in Sunday's game to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors.

• Emily McNamara leads the Rams and the Atlantic 10 in both goals (nine) and points (22).  Svea Sturm ranks third behind Maguire and Henry among A-10 freshmen in points scored and sits second on her team with 12, while her sister, Maite, is third with 10.  Svea Sturm's six goals are second on the team, while Bohmke's five assists lead the way for VCU.

• Goalkeeper Chessa Kownurko has started all nine games and posted a 0.87 GAA and an .824 save percentage with two shutouts.

• The Hawks lead the all-time series, 7-4, and have won the last three between the teams.  Last season, Willocks scored twice and Helder added another as the Hawks came away with a 3-2 win at Ellen Ryan Field.

#21 Saint Joseph's at Richmond
Sunday, October 1 • Noon • Crenshaw Field
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• Richmond (2-7 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) is on a two-game winning streak, having earned 3-2 wins at Saint Louis and Kent State last weekend.  Six different players tallied for the Spiders, who never trailed in either game.

• Florentine Beelaerts van Blokland leads the Spiders with four goals and 11 points on the season.  She also ranks second on the team with three assists, just behind Megan Miller's four.  Miller and Olivia Hubert have notched eight points on the season to tie for second on the Squad.

• Felicitas Heinzel has started every game in the cage for the Spiders, posting a 3.54 GAA with a .726 save percentage.

• Prior to the Hawks' arrival, Richmond will host #17 James Madison on Friday evening.

• Last season, the Hawks earned their first win over the Spiders since 2001 when senior Jackalyn Pauling scored with 12.9 seconds left to give the Hawks a 4-3 win.  The Spiders hold the all-time series lead, 20-6.