PHILADELPHIA – Graduate student midfielder Mallory Grey and freshman attacker Hope Anhut combined for six goals in the final 20:02 to keep the Hawks in it, but the Wildcats scored the game-winning goal with 1:36 to play as the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team dropped an 11-10 heartbreaker to Villanova on Wednesday afternoon on Sweeney Field. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 1-2 while the Wildcats earn their first win of the year (1-3).
Grey led the Hawks with a career-high four goals on the day.
"I think we came out a bit flat, but what is important is we were able to flip the switch in the second half," said head coach Alex Kahoe. "In the end, I think we needed to turn that corner sooner."
With the Hawks trailing 6-2 with 24:17 to play, senior attacker Nora McCallion sparked a 4-0 SJU run that included scores by Anhut (20:02), Grey (18:50), and Anhut again (17:55) to give the Crimson and Gray its first lead of the game, 7-6.
Villanova scored back-to-back goals (16:52, 13:27) to go back ahead, 8-7, but Anhut (11:13) and Grey (9:24) strung together a pair to once again take the lead, 9-8.
The Wildcats scored twice again (8:50, 6:21) to go back up, 10-9, but Grey's fourth of the day, on a dish from freshman midfielder Julia Pash, evened the score with 5:35 remaining in regulation.
With 1:36 to play, the Wildcats drew a free position foul, and Villanova's Katie Comerford put away her fifth goal of the day for the eventual game-winner.
Grey would win the ensuing draw control for the Hawks, but SJU wouldn't land a shot on net in the final 1:32 as the 11-10 score stood as time expired.
For the game, Saint Joseph's dominated in shots, 34-13, which included 17 in each half. The Hawks also held a 17-11 advantage in ground balls while Villanova held a 12-10 edge in draw controls.
The Hawks forced 28 Wildcat turnovers, including eight off of failed clears.
Defensively, Kristen Kelbon had another strong outting. The junior came up with three ground balls and added three caused turnovers, both career-high numbers, and was a significant factor in getting the ball cleared for the Crimson and Gray on multiple occasions.
Senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler (0-1) made her collegiate debut on the lacrosse field and made a save in the first half in the full-game effort.
Saint Joseph's will hit the West Coast for a pair of contests, beginning at the University of California this Sunday, March 5. Opening draw at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. is slated for 3:00 p.m. (ET).
GAME NOTES: The all-time series between Saint Joseph's and Villanova is now tied, 10-10... Senior attacker Nora McCallion now ranks seventh in career goals (95).
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