PHILADELPHIA, PA. 10/5/2018 – In front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Buckley Field the visiting Saint Joseph’s Hawks, ranked #14, put on a complete performance defeating the Drexel Dragons 8 – 0 in a city field hockey match up. Saint Joseph’s coach Lynn Farquhar wants her team to improve game to game.
“Our goal is to play a team game,” said Farquhar. “From the scoreboard side we were able to finish. Our goal is to build every game, and think we had some great finishing. We’re hoping to perform even better, and hopefully, there is more to come.”
Hawks senior forward Anna Willocks recorded a hat trick while freshman forward Tonya Botherway added two goals. Goal keeper Victoria Kammerinke posted her fifth clean slate. Saint Joe’s matched the program record for most goals in a game and the largest margin of victory for the third time. The last time was last time was in the 2017 season against Saint Francis.
The evening started with plenty of excitement. The Drexel students and teams were back and came out to support their team. It was a good feeling for the Dragons as the game began, and a city game has meaning.
“It’s fantastic,” Drexel Coach Denise Zelenak said about the crowd support for the Philly game. “We’ve been in school only for a few weeks. The number of students in the stands was a little dry because they were not in school yet. Having them organize a team Dragon, having a big crowds cheering all the time was a great feeling and atmosphere.”
“It’s great to play down the street rivals. The payers see each other, they’re from the area. It’s always a good game.”
Once the sprinklers were turned off, the Hawks started strong getting three goals within the first 14 minutes of the contest. Saint Joe’s held a territorial advantage, the offense was helping the defense.
Botherway posted her team-best 15th goal of the season. She leads the Hawks with 34 points. Willocks now has 8 goals and 18 points over the campaign. Tessa Bernheimer, the Dragons top scorer, led her team with 4 shots, 2 on goal.
The Hawks improve to 9 – 2 overall, and won both of their city games. They play Temple on Sunday in another city game at home as part of the Philadelphia Classic Tournament.
“We love competing against the city schools,” Farquhar said. “There is an extra excitement and energy in Philadelphia. Drexel had an amazing crowd. It’s fun.”
Drexel falls to 5 – 6 overall (0 – 1 CAA) and hosts James Madison in a CAA battle at home. Zelenak hopes the type of game they experienced will help them prepare for conference play.
“These are the teams (like Saint Joe’s) we want to play,” said Zelenak. “To make sure you get a team like this in the middle of the schedule helps to push you and elevate you for the conference games, which are very competitive.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian