The Saint Joseph’s Hawks are the 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Champions winning 3 – 2 on a tip in by Emily Peters in the second overtime over Massachusetts. It was the first tournament crown for the 17th ranked Hawks since 1995. Peters was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The game-winner came off a shot by Anna Willocks toward the cage. Peters tapped it in from the far post. Willocks got the assist, the 27th of her career, and she owns the school record in that category.
In the second half Jordan Ogelinski opened the scoring giving Saint Joe’s the lead. Emily Henry added a goal putting the Hawls ahead 2 – 0. UMass drew even on a score by Georgie McTear with 1:08 left in regulation. In the first overtime Massachusetts got a break way, but SJU goal keeper Victoria Kammerinke disrupted the charge by Lucy Cooper keeping the game tied.
Saint Joseph’s (18 – 3), coached by Lynn Farquhar, will play in their first-ever NCAA Field Hockey Championship. The Hawks drew the 4th seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the opening round. The game will be played on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Written By: Glenn Papazian