BERKELEY, Calif. – Paced by freshman attacker Hope Anhut's seven-point performance, the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the University of California, 18-17, in the Hawks' road opener at Kabam Field on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Hawks improve to 2-2 while the Golden Bears fall to 1-5.
Anhut recorded a season- and game-high five goals along with a season- and team-high two helpers in the victory. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane (4g, 1a) and senior midfielder Maggie Egan (3g) combined for seven more scores while senior attacker Nora McCallion, sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol, and freshman midfielder Penny Green added multi-goal efforts.
"This is a great win for us as we continue to come together and prepare for our next opponent," said head coach Alex Kahoe following the win. "Offensively, we stepped up as a unit with six different players scoring, and defensively, we made some big stops."
Saint Joseph's saw a three-goal lead diminish when Cal found the back of the net three times in under six minutes to tie it up, 16-16, with 10:43 remaining in regulation.
Following the equalizer, graduate student Mallory Grey won her team-leading fourth draw control of the game and, on that possession, Green scored at the 8:55 mark to put the Hawks back ahead.
Cal won the ensuing possession and was set up with a free-position opportunity with 7:19 to play, but in just her second collegiate lacrosse game, Saint Joseph's senior goalkeeper Amelia Deibler made the save to maintain SJU's lead.
After another Golden Bears eight-meter shot that went high, the Hawks cleared to their offensive end, and Egan took a hard shot on net that was saved back into play. McCallion scooped up the ground ball and fired off her 97th career goal to give the Hawks a two-goal advantage, 18-16, heading into the final 5:14.
Jena Fritts brought Cal to within one goal with 2:37 remaining in regulation, but the Hawks would keep the Golden Bears scoreless in the final minutes to earn their first road win of the season.
In a game that saw 35 total goals scored, 68.5 percent of the scoring occured in the first half.
Paced by three goals in the first three minutes of play, Cal jumped out to a 6-3 advantage by the 19:59 mark before Egan (19:48, 19:30) and Lane (16:11) combined to equalize the score.
Cal scored at the 14:07 mark to go back ahead, but Anhut put away back-to-back goals (13:36, 10:55) and Lane tucked away an eight meter opportunity to give the Hawks a two-goal lead with 9:54 remaining until the halftime break.
A 4-2 run by the Golden Bears over the next 6:11 would tie the score once more with 2:07 to play in the first half, but Lane scored with 19 seconds to go to put the Hawks back ahead, and, like clockwork, Grey won the ensuing draw and Egan put away her third of the day with four ticks left on the scoreboard to send the Hawks into the locker room with a two-goal advantage.
The Hawks opened the second half on a 3-2 run that would put them ahead by three, 16-13, heading into the final 17:03.
For the game, Cal held edges in shots (36-34), ground balls (14-12), and draw controls (22-14).
Despite going 1-for-12 in draw control possessions in the second half, the Hawks scored just one goal less than the Golden Bears in the final 30:00 (6-5), and Deibler (1-1) was an integral factor in SJU's winning effort. Of her season-high eight total saves, the senior made five in the second half to backstop the Hawks in her first collegiate victory.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Friday, March 10 at San Diego State (3-2), winners of three straight. Opening draw at Aztec Lacrosse Field in San Diego, Calif. is slated for 10:00 p.m. (ET).