Saint Joseph’s and Temple Register Wins, Villanova and La Salle Get a Loss
An even split for the local teams in women’s lacrosse as Saint Joseph’s easily defeated St. Bonaventure while Temple took the measure of ECU. Villanova fell to Connecticut and La Salle lost to Massachusetts. The Hawks and the Owls stay in contention for a berth in their individual conference women’s lacrosse tournament as do the Wildcats in the Big East. Individually, Katie Comerford added to her Villanova program record for goals scored (139) she scored 3 more and her assist gives the native of Yorktown Heights, NY the career program record in that category with 103. She is now the program record holder for goals, assists, and points. A six-point game by Stephanie Kelly gives her 211 points for her Saint Joseph’s career moving into second place in the school’s all-time points list. Meghan Hoffman set the Temple record for assists in a single game with 7.
Saint Joseph’s 20 St. Bonaventure 2
The Hawks got 5 goals from Lauren Figura and 6 points from Kelly in their win over the Bonnies. Saint Joe’s led 2 – 1 then went on a run of 14 consecutive scores to put the game away. Emma O’Neill added 3 goals. The Hawks put up 33 shots, 14 on goal, compared to 14 for the Bonnies, 10 on net. SJU posts an 8 – 5 record overall and is 5 – 1 in the Atlantic 10 to hold second place in the Atlantic 10 North Division vying for a postseason bid. In the last six contests the Hawks won five of those games. Saint Joe’s plays again next Friday at Duquesne.
Temple 13 ECU 7
A fast start by the Owls propelled them to the 13 – 7 win. Temple led 8 – 2 after one half and played an even second half en route to the victory. Meghan Hoffman tied the school record for assists in a single game, a record that stood for forty years. Bridget Whitaker found the back of the net 4 times and assisted on a goal. Mackenzie Roth posted three scores. The Owls are victorious in the last five games. The Cherry and White solidify their hold for a place in the American women’s lacrosse tournament with a 5 – 2 conference mark. They meet the Pirates again on Sunday before a trip the following weekend at Vanderbilt.
Connecticut 14 Villanova 7
Despite another record setting day by Comerford the Wildcats fell to the Huskies at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats got the lead scoring the first two goals of the game by Caroline Curnal. The next 8 goals were by UConn. Villanova pulled to within 11 – 7 with 13:08 to play, but the Huskies scored the three goals. Grace Coon and Sydney Watson found the back of the net 6 times each for UConn. Villanova stays in fourth place in the league, one game ahead of Marquette for the last playoff spot. The Cats (5 – 8, 3 – 4) play the second place Huskies (9 – 4, 5 – 2) again on Sunday before taking a trip the next weekend to meet the first place Denver Pioneers.
UMass 17 La Salle 7
Emily Johnston, Annina Iacobucci, and Bridget Ruskey registered 2 goals each for the Explorers, who could not overcome a 9 – 2 first half advantage by the Minutemen, dropping a 17 – 7 decision. Massachusetts improves to 5 – 0 in the Atlantic 10 keeping the top spot in the Atlantic 10 North. It is the third straight loss for La Salle (3 – 9, 1 – 6). UMass had a 34 – 21 advantage in shots, 29 – 13 on goal. Explorers goal keeper Molly Loughlin made 12 saves. La Salle hosts St. Bonaventure on Sunday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian