Drexel, Temple, Villanova, and Saint Joseph’s Qualify for Conference Tournaments
Philadelphia schools gear up for their league tournaments as Drexel, Temple, Villanova, and Saint Joseph’s will be in postseason play. Drexel will go into the tournament as a top-seed, while Temple is a three-seed. Villanova and Saint Joseph’s go in as a four-seed.
Drexel #1 CAA
The Dragons finished the regular season earlier in the week and await early round games to determine their opponent. Drexel is 4 – 0 in the CAA and 12 – 1 overall. The semifinal round will be on May 7 and the championship game on May 9 in Harrisonburg, VA. the home of JMU.
Temple #3 American Athletic Conference
Temple split the weekend series with Vanderbilt, losing the last game 10 – 6. The teams play again on May 6 in the semifinal round in Gainesville, FL. The loss to the Commodores broke a seven-game win streak for the Owls. They have two weeks to prepare.
“We’ve won a bunch of games in a row, and that confidence is wonderful,” said Coach Bonnie Rosen. “However, with a team that wants to go far this season, hopefully getting ourselves a conference championship or be at large for an NCAA bid, we have to keep getting better and understand how to execute at a higher level. We still have things to work on, and there is a next level for this team.”
Both Temple and Vanderbilt posted 7 – 3 records in the American. The tie-breaker went to Vandy gaining the two-seed.
Villanova #4 Big East
The Wildcats dropped the final game of the regular season 19 – 9 to the league-leading Denver Pioneers, the second over the weekend series. Despite the loss Villanova got a berth in the Big East Tournament. Their opponent in the semifinal round will be Denver, for the third straight game. The postseason is being held in Washington, DC on the campus of Georgetown University. Villanova finished the season with a 6 – 10 record, 4 – 6 in the Big East. During the game Sydney Frank set the school record for caused turnovers in a career with 70.
Saint Joseph’s #4 Atlantic 10
The Hawks fell to UMass in the regular season finale 18 – 13. In the contest Hawks goal keeper Melissa Semkiw saved 17 for a season-high. Stephanie Kelly posted another eight-point game getting 4 goals and 4 assists. However, UMass took control of the game by winning 20 draw controls by Caitlyn Petro, who leads the nation in that category. Saint Joseph’s finishes second in the Atlantic 10 North, and draw #1 seed Richmond in the semifinal round on Friday, April 30.
The Explorers did not qualify for postseason play, but did end the season on a high-note defeating Duquesne 20 – 14. The number of goals scored was the second most for the team this season. The Senior Day game featured the seniors and graduate students account for 16 of the 20 goals. Bridget Ruskey topped the Explorers with 6 goals, and Annina Iacobucci scoring 4. Fellow senior Emily Johnston recorded a hattrick. La Salle concludes the year with a 5 – 9 record, 3 – 5 in the Atlantic 10.
Written By: Glenn Papazian