The 17th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team is headed to Amherst, Massachusetts, this week for the 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship. The top-seeded Hawks will meet fourth-seeded Richmond in the semifinals on Friday morning. The second semifinal will feature the host, number two seed Massachusetts, and third-seeded VCU.
The winner of Saturday's championship game will receive the Atlantic 10's automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
• Saint Joseph's (16-3 overall, 7-1 Atlantic 10) locked up its second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Davidson. Junior Anna Willocks scored two goals, sophomore Pepa Serrano added a goal and two assists, and freshman Emily Henry notched an assist en route to Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week honors. Sophomore Victoria Kammerinke made two saves for her seventh shutout of the season.
• The victory also tied the school record for wins in a season, previously set in 1995.
• The Hawks held steady at #17 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coaches Poll. Saint Joseph's is ranked for the eighth consecutive week and has posted a 3-2 record against ranked teams this season.
• Willocks leads the Hawks and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with 16 goals, 10 assists, and 42 points. Freshman Quinn Maguire is second on the squad with 15 goals and 36 points, and her six assists are tied with sophomore Kathrin Bentz for the team lead.
• Henry also ranks among the league leades with nine goals and 22 points, while fellow freshman Emily Peters has notched six goals and 13 points. Freshman Jordan Olenginski is third on the squad in goals and points with four and 12, respectively. Serrano and junior Monica Tice are tied for third on the team in assists, having notched five apiece.
• Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage, ranking among the national leaders in minutes played. She leads all of Division I with an .819 save percentage. She also leads the Atlantic 10 in shutouts and goals against average (1.09) as well. Kammerinke has posted 16 wins this season, eclipsing the previous program record of 15.
• Richmond (8-10 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) is led offensively by freshman Florentine Beelaerts van Blokland, whose eight goals, seven assists, and 23 points are all team-bests. Kasey Gilbride ranks second in goals and points, with seven and 19, respectively, while Megan Miller is tied for the team lead with seven assists.
• Four other Spiders have reached double-digits in points: Olivia Hubert (13), Katrina Balatgek (12), Miller (11), and Hannah Thomson (10).
• Felicitas Heinzel has started all 18 games and posted a 2.95 GAA in the cage. She leads the conference and ranks fifth in the nation with 154 saves on the season, while her .748 save percentage ranks second in the conference behind Kammerinke.
• Massachusetts (12-7 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) boasts a pair of 20-point scorers in Melanie Kreusch and Sarah Hawkshaw. Kreusch's 10 goals and 24 points lead the way, while Hawkshaw ranks second with nine goals and 20 points. Lucy Cooper leads the Minutewomen and all league rookies with nine assists on the season and ranks third on the squad with 19 points.
• Fellow rookie Georgie McTear reached double-digits in points as well, scoring four times and adding three helpers for 11 points. Sophie de Jonge and Mirra Stillman both rank second on the team in assists, each having handed out five.
• Emily Hazard has played the lion's share of the minutes in the cage, turning in a 1.59 goals against average that ranks her fourth in the conference. She is third in the conference with a .741 save percentage and has posted three shutouts as well.
• Emily McNamara leads VCU (14-5 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) with a league-high 21 goals and 51 points on the season. Spencer Tossone is the team and league leader in assists with 12; she has added seven goals for 26 points, good for second on the squad.
• Freshman sisters Svea and Maite Sturm rank tied for third and fifth on the team, respectively, with 14 and 13 points, while Natalie Bohmke has totaled three goals and eight assists for 14 points of her own.
• Chessa Kownurko has posted a 1.35 GAA in the cage for the Rams, good for third in the conference. She also ranks second in the league with six shutouts, including three in a row, and has a .714 save percentage on the season.
HAWKS vs. THE FIELD
#2 Massachusetts: After falling behind by a pair of goals early, the Hawks roared back with five goals in the second half to top the 23rd-ranked Minutewomen, 5-2, on October 20. Willocks and Peters scored two goals apiece, while Maguire added a goal and an assist.
#3 VCU: Saint Joseph’s topped the Rams, 4-0, on September 29 as Maguire scored twice and added an assist while Kammerinke made a career-high 15 saves, the most by a keeper in an Atlantic 10 game this season.
#4 Richmond: The Spiders dealt the Hawks their lone loss in league play this season as a second half penalty stroke gave Richmond a 1-0 win at Crenshaw Field on October 1.
vs. Massachusetts: Minutewomen lead, 32-6
vs. VCU: Hawks lead, 8-4
vs. Richmond: Spiders lead, 21-6