MERION STATION, Pa. – After her junior season, Saint Joseph’s forward Anna Willocks ranked among the Saint Joseph’s field hockey program’s all-time leaders in every offensive statistic imaginable.
Now she stands alone, scoring the 68th goal of her career to break the school’s all-time record in the 14th-ranked Hawks’ 6-0 rout of Temple at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon.
Willocks surpassed the previous record set by Linda Buonanno between 1983 and 1986. She now holds the Saint Joseph’s career records for goals, assists (31), and points (167).
“It’s a pretty amazing feeling; it’s a pretty high standard that was set before, so it’s awesome to come out and break it,” Willocks said. “I couldn’t have done it without all my teammates out on the field, and especially my coaches that I’ve had here.”
“Anna has earned everything, which to me is incredibly impressive,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “She has done it through her work rate, and she has really supported the bigger picture of the team; that was even more important to her than her own goals, and it’s really cool that they’ve both worked out.”
Saint Joseph’s (10-2) dominated from the start, earning four penalty corners in the game’s opening five minutes. It would take until the 12th minute, however, for freshman Tonya Botherway to run onto loose ball and dribble around Temple goalkeeper Chloe Johnson and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Willocks doubled the advantage on the 18-minute mark, converting a reverse chip from the top of the circle for her record-breaking goal and a 2-0 SJU lead.
Sophomore Jordan Olenginski got on the board nine and a half minutes later as she inserted a penalty corner and went to the post, where junior Kathrin Bentz found her for the game’s third goal. Freshman Johanna Huse duplicated the feat 82 seconds later, getting a feed from Willocks at the post for a 4-0 SJU lead.
Willocks then set up classmate Monica Tice for her first goal of the season on another corner opportunity to make it a 5-0 game heading into halftime.
The Hawks picked up where they left off after the break as sophomore Emily Peters stayed with the play and tucked home her own rebound to extend the margin to 6-0.
From there, Temple (2-11) would earn a pair of late penalty corners, but the Hawks were able to see out the victory and maintain the clean sheet, extending their run of shutout hockey to 213 minutes and 18 seconds.
“Obviously this was a big weekend for us, playing our Philadelphia rivals, which is exciting,” Tice said. “The one thing we wanted to focus on was us. We had our main focus points on the field, and every break we had we would talk about those points, and that kept us focused and on-point.”
“Our local games are awesome environments; there’s a lot of energy and there’s a lot of emotion,” Farquhar said. “There is such a talented pool of hockey players in this area, and it’s neat to have them back challenging each other [on the field]. We were excited for the energy, and we wanted to grab on to that, but let it fuel how we played.”
The Hawks continue their three-game homestand on Friday with a return to conference play. Saint Joseph’s will host VCU on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before Richmond visits on Sunday at noon.