PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/5/2019 – It was a cold, rainy day at Sweeney Field on Hawk Hill. For the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team the offense was sunny and bright as the Hawks defeated the George Washington Colonials 15 – 8 as they recorded 43 shots. Saint Joe’s remains in at least a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 standings having won five of their last six games.
The contest started out back and forth with each team getting no more than a one-goal advantage. With the score tied at 5 the Hawks scored four straight goals to take a 9 – 5 halftime lead. Junior midfielder Bridget Cerciello scored the first goal in the run, then senior attack Francesca Donato got the next three. It was the lift SJU needed.
“When we can have multiple goals offensively, that definitely helps give momentum to our team especially before halftime,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Alex Kahoe. “That’s a key time.”
Donato scored 4 goals in the game to go along with 2 assists. She leads Saint Joe’s in goals (29), assists (33), and points with 62. Donato tied the program record for most assists in a single season with Maggie Egan (Class of 2016). Cerciello scored 2 goals. Senior midfielder Hayley Sabol netted 3 goals and sophomore attack Stephanie Kelly had 2 scores and assisted twice. Taylor Newman-Farr, Penny Green, and Julia Pash each had a goal.
“To be able to have 43 shots, that’s a good day,” Kahoe said.
With good offense comes good defense. George Washington was limited to 16 shots and 3 goals in the second half. Those scores came in succession on the latter half bringing the Colonials with 10 – 8 with 9:35 to play. That was as close as GWU would get. SJU got the next 5 scores to end the game.
Katie Quinn scored 2 goals to lead George Washington who falls to 4 – 9 overall and 2 – 3 in conference.
Saint Joe’s improves to 8 – 5 for the season. They are 4 – 1 in the Atlantic 10. They will host Davidson on Sunday. Following is a trip to George Mason who is also tied for 2nd place at present, one game behind league leading UMass. Every league game is important for the Hawks.
“Every A10 game is a big game,” said Kahoe. “We try to take it one game at a time. We look forward to our next opportunity.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian