March 6, 2011

Hawks Pull Away From St. Francis

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team saw four players score two goals apiece to lead the Hawks to a 10-6 win over Saint Francis at Finnesey Field on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Gwen Nihill had a pair of goals and assisted on two, while goalkeeper Kaitlin LaBarbera made 10 saves in net.

The Red Flash scored a goal five minutes into the game to get on the board first, but the Hawks retaliated with three straight scores to go up 3-1. Jen Peters connected on a free-position shot, while Meghan McDevitt had an unassisted goal and Carly Kindbom scored the third goal off a pass from Nora McGuire.

Saint Francis scored a minute later with a free-position goal and added a goal with 1:19 on the clock to tie it up at 3-3 going into the break.

Just 1:15 into the second half, McGuire caught Grace Dinn cutting to the net for her first goal. Less than two minutes later, Nihill drove to the net and scored on a one-on-one with the Red Flash goalkeeper to put the Hawks up 5-3.

Saint Francis' Catherine Helming connected on another a free-position shot just before Nihill assisted two consecutive goals from Francesca Volpe and Peters to put the Hawks up, 7-4.

After another Red Flash goal, SJU went on a 3-0 run to go up by five, 10-5, with 13:28 to go. The Hawks maintained possession for the majority of the remaining minutes. Saint Francis' Danielle Conwell scored on a breakaway with 3:18 left on the clock for a 10-6 final.

McDevitt finished with two goals and an assist, while Peters and Dinn each had two goals and McGuire tallied two assists.

The Hawks (2-2) return to action on Wednesday, when they host Rutgers at 4:00 p.m. on Finnesey Field.

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