The Saint Joseph's field hockey team has its second consecutive back-to-back on tap this weekend as the Hawks visit conference and local rival La Salle on Friday before hosting nationally-ranked Delaware at Ellen Ryan Field on Saturday.
Saturday's tilt with the Blue Hens will be streamed free of charge on the Atlantic 10 Network. Hawk fans in attendance will be treated to chips, queso, and guacamole courtesy of Qdoba beginning at 12:30 p.m.
#21 Saint Joseph's at La Salle
Friday, October 13 • 3:00 p.m. • Hank DeVincent Field
• Saint Joseph's (11-3 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) earned a pair of wins last weekend, getting past UC Davis, 2-1, on Friday before dispatching league-leading Saint Francis (Pa.) in an 8-0 rout. In Friday's game, freshman Jordan Olenginski scored the opener and classmate Emily Henry got the winner in the second half to get the Hawks back to their winning ways after a defeat at Richmond.
• A day later, freshman Quinn Maguire got the rout started early before sophomore Corinne Gerber and junior Anna Willocks scored in quick succession to give the Hawks a 3-0 halftime lead over the Red Flash. SJU came out of the break with the gas pedal down as Olenginski, Willocks, and sophomore Pepa Serrano doubled the lead to 6-0 early in the half. Junior Joely Helder and freshman Emily Peters closed out the scoring for the Hawks.
• After notching two goals and three assists for seven points on the weekend, Willocks was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.
• Saint Joseph's was ranked 21st in the most recent Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association weekly poll. The Hawks have held steady in the #21-spot for four consecutive polls after breaking into the rankings at #23 five weeks ago.
• Willocks leads the Atlantic 10 with 10 assists and 28 points. Her nine goals tie her for second in the conference and first on the team with Maguire, while Henry's eight goals and Olenginski's four rank them third and fourth, respectively. Sophomore Kathrin Bentz's five assists are second on the squad, while junior Monica Tice has added four helpers. Maguire's 21 points rank her second on the team, with Henry third at 19; the pair are the leading freshman scorers in the conference.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke leads the Atlantic 10 in goals against average (1.05) and save percentage (.817) and is tied for the league lead with five shutouts. She has allowed just one goal in the run of play in her last four matches.
• La Salle (8-4 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) brings a three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup, including a 3-2 win over Saint Francis on Sunday. After falling down a goal early, three second-half goals powered the Explorers to their second win of the weekend. Two days earlier, Mackenzie Karcher's second goal of the day early in overtime gave La Salle a 3-2 win at Rider.
• Karcher leads the Explorers with 16 points and seven goals. Chloe Lucky ranks second on the team in both categories with three goals and six points, while Eileen Dzwill leads the way with four assists.
• Emma Provost has started all 12 games in the cage for La Salle, ranking fifth in the A-10 with a 1.70 GAA and second with a .785 save percentage. She is tied with Kammerinke for the league lead in shutouts with five.
• The Hawks hold a 28-16 all-time edge over the Explorers, with two of those wins coming in 2016. The Hawks earned a pair of wins at Ellen Ryan Field, by 2-0 and 6-2 scores, with current senior Jackalyn Pauling scoring in each contest for SJU. Pauling has scored in all four games she has played against La Salle in her career.
• Delaware (9-3) bounced back from a 1-0 overtime loss to top-ranked Connecticut with three consecutive victories, including a 5-2 home win over #16 James Madison on Sunday. Greta Nauck scored twice while Lotte de Koning added a pair of assists for the defending national champions.
• For their efforts Nauck and de Koning were named the CAA Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
• A year after leading the nation in goals and points, Nauck once again leads the Blue Hen attack with 11 goals and 26 points. Taylor Lister leads the way with 14 assists and ranks just behind Nauck with 24 points, while de Koning sits in third with 20 points and second with eight goals.
• Emmeline Oltmans has started 11 of 12 games in the cage for UD, posting a 1.98 GAA and a .680 save percentage. Sydney Rhodes has made four appearances and has not allowed a goal while making six saves.
• Delaware leads the all-time series between the two sides, 11-7. The programs last met in 2012.