The Saint Joseph's field hockey team is set for its first-ever NCAA Field Hockey Championship appearance as the Hawks will head to Charlottesville, Virginia, to meet fourth-seeded North Carolina on Saturday morning. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m. at University Hall Turf Field.
The winner will meet either Virginia or Princeton at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Second Round. All three games held in Charlottesville will be aired on Facebook Live.
• Saint Joseph's (18-3) won its second Atlantic 10 tournament championship on Saturday, beating two-time defending champion Massachusetts. 3-2, in double overtime. Freshmen Jordan Olenginski and Emily Henry staked the Hawks to a 2-0 lead in the second half before a furious rally by the Minutewomen tied the game and sent it into overtime. With six minutes remaning before a shootout, junior Anna Willocks sent a shot toward the cage that freshman Emily Peters tipped home to give the Hawks their first title since 1995 and their first-ever NCAA Championship berth.
• A day earlier, the Hawks were the ones with the two-goal deficit as Richmond struck twice in the opening half, but Willocks scored on a corner before converting a penalty stroke to tie the game heading into halftime. In the second half, freshman Quinn Maguire scored three goals, while Peters and sophomore Kathrin Bentz added one apiece to send the Hawks into the title game on the back of a 7-2 win. The victory was the 17th of the season for SJU, eclipsing the previous school record of 16 set in 1995.
• Peters totaled two goals and an assist during the Championship and was named its Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the All-Championship Team by Maguire, Olenginski, and Willocks.
• On Tuesday, Saint Joseph's was ranked 15th in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll. It marks the highest-ever ranking in program history and extends the Hawks' run in the poll to nine consecutive weeks.
• The Hawks dominated the Atlantic 10 postseason honors last week as Willocks earned her third consecutive Offensive Player of the Year honor – the first time a student-athlete has won the award three times – sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and Maguire was voted the league's Rookie of the Year, marking the third consecutive season a Hawk has taken home the award. Head coach Lynn Farquhar also nabbed Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season. SJU also placed five on the All-Conference First Team, two on the Second Team, three on the All-Rookie Team, and two on the All-Academic Team.
• Willocks leads the Hawks in scoring and ranks second in the conference with 47 points on the season; she is tied with Maguire for the team lead in goals at 18 while leading the Hawks in assists with 11. Henry gives the Hawks a third double-digit scorer, as she tallied 10 goals and 25 points on the season. Maguire, meanwhile, ranks second on the team and third in the Atlantic 10 with 42 points.
• Kammerinke has played every minute in the cage this season, posting a league-best 1.16 goals against average and .808 save percentage. She currently ranks third in the country in save percentage and broke the school record for wins in a season on October 28. Her seven shutouts were the most in the league this season and are tied for the second-most in a season in program history.
• North Carolina (16-4) was ranked fourth in the most recent poll after claiming its 20th ACC title with a 1-0 win at Louisville on Sunday. Malin Evert tallied her 11th goal of the season on a corner midway through the first half and the Tar Heel defense made it stand up for UNC's seventh shutout of the season.
• Ashley Hoffman was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last week and was joined on the All-Conference First Team by teammate Eva van't Hoog. Evert was selected to the All-ACC Second Team.
• Hoffman and Gab Major lead the Tar Heels with 25 points apiece; Hoffman's 10 goals rank second behind Evert, while Major's 13 assists are a team-best. UNC boasts two more 20-points scorers in Evert (24) and van't Hoog (20) and a pair at 19 points in Marissa Creatore and Catherine Hayden.
• Amanda Hendry has played in every game in the cage, posting a 1.14 GAA and a .729 save percentage to go with five solo shutouts on the season.
• Tara Vittese was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and leads #5 Virginia (15-4) and the ACC in both goals (24) and points (62). ACC Freshman of the year Pien Dicke is second in both categories, having scored 21 goals and totaled 48 points, while Vittese's 14 assists tie her for the league's top mark with two others, including teammate Nadine de Koning.
• Vittese and Dicke were named to the All-ACC First Team, while Dominique van Slooten was named to the Second Team. Head coach Michele Madison was also named ACC Coach of the Year.
• Carrera Lucas has started all 19 games in the cage for the Cavaliers, checking in with a 1.71 GAA and a .723 save percentage. She posted four solo shutouts and combined with Lauren Hausheer for three more.
• #11 Princeton (11-6) is led offensively by Ryan McCarthy, whose 15 goals and 32 points were tops on the team and ranked second and tied for third in the Ivy League, respectively. She was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Maddie Bacskai was tabbed the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and Julianna Tornetta was the Co-Rookie of the Year. Head coach Carla Tagliente picked up Coach of the Year honors after the Tigers posted an undefeated record in conference play.
• McCarthy, Bacskai, and Tornetta all earned FIrst Team All-Ivy accolades, while the Tigers placed three on the Second Team and had three receive honorable mention as well.
• Clara Roth is tied with Tornetta for second on the squad with 23 points; Tornetta's 13 assists are the most in the Ivy this season, while Roth's 11 are second. MaryKate Neff is second on the team with seven goals.
• Grace Baylis has held down the fort in the cage for the Tigers, playing every minute of the 2017 campaign. She has posted a league-leading five shutouts to go with a 1.82 GAA and a .631 save percentage.
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
vs. North Carolina: First meeting
vs. Virginia: Cavaliers lead, 5-1
vs. Princeton: none; scheduled meeting in 2015 was canceled due to severe weather