The Saint Joseph's field hockey team is set for a pair of crosstown rivalry games this week, as the Hawks will visit Drexel on Friday before hosting Temple on Sunday.
Sunday's game is part of the Philadelphia Classic Tournament; La Salle and Holy Cross will meet in the second game of the day at Ellen Ryan Field. It will also be Alumnae Day on Hawk Hill as the Hawks welcome former players, family, and friends to enjoy the game against Temple before taking part in a postgame tailgate. For more information or to register, visit alumni.sju.edu/fhalumnae.
• Saint Joseph's (8-2 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) moved into a tie for first atop the Atlantic 10 standings with a pair of road victories last week. Freshman Tonya Botherway notched her first career hat trick as the Hawks rolled to a 4-1 win at Lock Haven on Friday before senior Joely Helder and sophomore Sara Hayes each netted two goals in a 5-0 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.
• Botherway notched a goal and an assist in the win over the Red Flash on Sunday as well; her nine-point weekend was enough to claim both Player and Rookie of the Week honors from the Atlantic 10 and to put her on the Honorable Mention list for the NFHCA's weekly awards.
• The Hawks remained at #14 in this week's Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll and moved up three spots in the NCAA's RPI rankings, coming in at ninth in the nation. Saint Joseph's has been ranked in each of this season's six polls as well as the final nine of the 2017 season.
• Botherway leads the Hawks with 13 goals and 29 points; both totals are good for second in the conference. She also rates fourth in the country at 1.30 goals per game. Senior Anna Willocks is second on the squad with five goals and 12 points, while Hayes and sophomore Emily Henry have each found the cage four times. Junior Pepa Serrano leads the Atlantic 10 with seven assists, while senior Monica Tice and freshman Johanna Huse have added four helpers apiece.
• Junior Victoria Kammerinke has allowed the fewest goals in the Atlantic 10 this season and also leads the conference with a 1.40 goals against average. She also ranks second in the league with a .720 save percentage as well. Her pair of victories over the weekend moved her into second on the program's all-time wins list.
• Five different Dragons got on the scoresheet as Drexel (5-5 overall, 0-1 CAA) routed Ohio, 5-1, on Sunday at Buckley Field. The win ended a four-game skid for the Dragons, which included defeats to previous Hawk opponents Penn and #19 Delaware.
• Tess Bernheimer leads the Drexel offense with both eight goals and 17 points. Both Megan Wiest and Puk Thewessen have scored three goals to rank second on the team, while Wiest's three assists are tops on the squad in that category.
• Three different goalkeepers have seen time for the Dragons, with Alexis Sokach leading the group in minutes and posting a 4-0 record to go with a 1.12 GAA and a .808 save percentage. Erin Gilchrist has started four games, turning in a 2.02 GAA and a .733 save percentage.
• The Hawks hold the 18-16 edge in the all-time series, with four ties between the teams. SJU has won the last three, including a 3-0 win at Ellen Ryan Field last September.
#14 Saint Joseph's vs. Temple
Sunday, October 7 | Ellen Ryan Field | Noon
• Temple (2-9 overall, 0-3 Big East) dropped a 3-0 result at Penn on Sunday after falling at #2 Connecticut, 7-0, on Friday night.
• Kathryn Edgar leads the Owls in scoring with seven points. She is tied with three other players with two goals on the season, while her three assists are level with Taylor Alba in that category.
• Chloe Johnson has played in all 11 games in the cage for Temple, checking in with a 4.74 GAA and a .722 save percentage. Her 104 saves rank her among the nation's leaders.
• Prior to visiting Hawk Hill, the Owls host Georgetown in a Big East matchup at Howarth Field on Friday night.
• Temple enjoys a 25-12 lead in the all-time series, but the Hawks have won the last two, including a 4-1 win at Howarth Field in last season's opening game.
• There will be no live stream of Sunday's game due to technical restrictions, but the remainder of SJU's home slate is due to be streamed live in the United States on ESPN+. The Atlantic 10 also recently announced that an international streaming package has been made available in partnership with NeuLion College; Hawk fans abroad can subscribe for $4.99/month and have access to all streams made available internationally by Atlantic 10 member institutions, including the Hawks' home field hockey matchups on October 12, 14, 26, and 27.