April 17. 2021 –
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks field hockey team ended the regular season with a 5 – 4 win over Massachusetts at Ryan Field. Both teams entered the game with one loss in Atlantic 10 play, so a win for the Hawks would be key in getting a bid to the conference tournament.
Saint Joe’s started quickly taking a 4 – 0 lead into halftime. The Hawks also scored the first goal of the third quarter for a commanding 5 goal lead. Then UMass started a comeback scoring the last four goals of the game forcing SJU to hold on for the victory.
Katelyn Cocco opened the scoring at the 10:58 mark tipping the ball past UMass goal keeper Brooke Richards. Sara Hayes found the back of the cage less than 3 minutes later. Jordan Olenginski took a pass from the left win and made it a 3 goal advantage at 17:15. Hayes converted her second goal of the game on a pass from the right side of the arc from Olenginski. Anna Miller ended the scoring for the Hawks, the initial goal of the third quarter.
Hayes scored a game-high tying 2 goals. Olenginski and Miller each posted a goal and and an assist.
Jess Beech began the Massachusetts comeback scoring twice less than 10 minutes into the third. Georgie McTear and Steph Gottwals also scored for UMass.
Saint Joseph’s goal keeper Robin Bleekemolen made 4 saves.
The Hawks finish the season at 4 – 2, 3 – 1 in the A10. UMass concludes the year with a 7 – 4 record overall and go 3 – 2 in conference. Saint Joe’s is in a prime position to earn an Atlantic 10 postseason bid. VCU is unbeaten in league play. SLU and Lock Haven have one league loss. The league will announce the tournament field on Sunday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian