Plymouth Meeting, Pa. – Drexel men's golf finished up a weekend at the Big 5 Invitational placing 13th overall. James Braunsberg led the Dragons with a total score of 156 on the tournament. Teammates Benjamin Feld, Christopher Crawford and Andrew Lawson followed close behind, shooting 158, 160, and 162 respectively. Ben Hinge added a 167 on the weekend.
At the end of round one on Saturday, the Dragons were just seven shots out of first place despite placing eighth on the day. Drexel finished play on Saturday with a combined team score of 313 and then completed round two with a 317 for a total weekend score of 630.
Next up, the Dragons will head to Powells Point, N.C. to compete in the ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate from October 21 through October 23. Be sure to check back to www.drexeldragons.com for complete results.
PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team dropped its season-opening contest to reigning Ivy League champs Princeton, 69-59, Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena. The Hawks were paced by junior Ilze Gotfrida's (Dobele, Latvia/Rigas Secondary School No. 49) 14 points and a 13 points, 10 rebound double-double from redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg), but couldn't overcome an early second half deficit.
Playing to a 30-30 draw in the first half, Saint Joseph's (0-1) fell behind quickly in the second half as the Tigers opened with a 13-3 run to take a 43-33 edge on a three-pointer by Nicole Hung at 16:06.
The Hawks quickly countered with a 10-2 run as senior Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) and Gotfrida combined for the 10 points, with a three-point play by Prim bringing SJU within one possession, 45-43.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Helping the Saint Joseph’s women’s soccer team to its first berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship since 2005, a trio of Hawks garnered conference honors, A-10 officials announced on Wednesday. For the second straight season, junior Mo Hawkins (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty) was chosen Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches, and joined senior goalkeeper Christine Neal (Hockessin, Del./Alexis I Du Pont) on the A-10 All-Conference First Team. Additionally, freshman Olivia McEachern (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
“We are thrilled that Mo, Christine and Olivia were recognized and are proud of everything they have done to help our team succeed,” said head coach Jess Reynolds.
Spearheading the Hawks’ offense for the third consecutive year, Hawkins has paced SJU with a team-best 19 points and eight goals this season. Currently tied for eighth in the A-10 in both categories, she has added three assists as well and enters this week’s A-10 Championship third in SJU history in points (61) and goals (25). Hawkins joins Hailey Beam of Charlotte as the only two-time winner of the A-10 Midfielder of the Year honor and is the only SJU player to ever garner All-Conference honors three times.
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team is postseason bound after downing Fordham, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Finnesey Field. Backed by a goal in the 53rd minute by junior Mo Hawkins and the seventh shutout of the season from senior goalkeeper Christine Neal, the Hawks are headed to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2005.
With both teams needing a win to secure a postseason spot, the two squads played timid in the opening half as SJU held a 6-4 edge in shots. Neal made a pair of saves during the stretch to keep the game scoreless.
Early in the second half, junior Emily Irons tracked down the ball in the midfield and delivered a well timed shot up the middle and past a Fordham defender to Hawkins. In stride, SJU's midfielder took the ball, got by the last defender and drilled a shot into the upper left corner to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 52:56.
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's soccer team dropped a heart-breaking double overtime contest to La Salle, 1-0, Friday evening at Finnesey Field. The Hawks' senior goalkeeper Christine Neal set the SJU all-time record for career saves (292) in a game-high seven save effort.
In a thrilling match in which Saint Joseph's defense played stellar through out, both squads had prime scoring chances, but could not convert.
In the 79th minute, the Explorers' Courtney Niemiec drilled a shot at the SJU net, only to have Neal make the save. In keeping the score tied, Neal passed Colleen Corcoran's career mark for saves, snaring the 291st of her career.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 race, according to a poll of the Atlantic 10's head coaches released today by conference officials. Additionally, senior guard Ashley Prim was selected to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team.
Coming off its third-straight WNIT berth, Saint Joseph's returns one starter and seven letterwinners total, from last year's squad that finished 22-11 overall and tied for fourth in the conference at 9-5. Despite losing strong players to graduation, the addition of transfers Chatilla van Grinsven, Kelsey Berger and Natasha Cloud and freshmen Ciara Andrews, Sarah Fairbanks, Casey Smith and Jordan Strode will bolster the loss of senior starters.
"After losing four seniors, I was surprised we were picked that high," said head coach Cindy Griffin. "It tells you what kind of respect the coaches in the A-10 have for us."
Harrisonburg, Va. – Megan Hammaker scored the game-winning goal with just seven seconds remaining in the match to give Drexel an improbable, 2-1 win at University Park on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Dragons (12-3-2, 6-2-1) clinched the school's first-ever Colonial Athletic Association playoff berth.
James Madison (7-11, 5-5 CAA) had the momentum in the final minutes after tying the game with 8:23 to play. Becky Sparks sent a cross towards the goal after a Drexel foul. Eve Badana got her hands on the ball, but it slipped through and Amalya Clayton poked it home to even the score. It appeared the teams would be forced to play overtime. However, Drexel pressed on. Biz Matta served the ball into the box and after a big hop, Megan Hammaker gained control of the ball. The sophomore turned and lofted a shot into the upper right corner, giving Drexel its first win ever in Harrisonburg and a place in the CAA playoffs, which begin next week.
Drexel broke a scoreless tie less than two minutes into the second half. Senior Juliana Speroni fed a ball from inside Drexel's zone up the middle perfectly to Jess Sarkisian. The junior broke in alone, with a JMU defender just behind her. Sarkisian made a move past JMU keeper Marlee Stynchula and deposited the shot in the open goal from just inside the six. It was her second goal of the season.
The Dukes came out strong at the start and controlled play for most of the first half. James Madison fired five shots, four on goal from outside of the box. All four were stopped by Badana, who finished the day with nine saves. The Dukes also had three corners in the first half. Overall, JMU outshot Drexel 14-6 and had a 9-2 edge on corner kicks.
The Dragons now have 19 points on the season, placing them in second place in the CAA behind William & Mary at 21 points. Delaware, Hofstra, Northeastern and UNCW have clinched a playoff spot and are tied in the standings with 18 points.
The Dragons close the regular season on Wednesday night at Vidas Field with a match against Delaware. A win against their long-time rivals would clinch a first-round bye in the championships.
Decatur, Ga. - Seven saves have never been so big. The Drexel men's soccer team got its seventh shutout of the season, utilizing all seven saves from senior goalkeeper Tim Washam as it downed Georgia State to clinch its first Colonial Athletic Association tournament berth since 2007, 1-0. Nathan Page scored the game-winning goal, netting a goal for the fifth consecutive game.
The Dragons (10-3-2) won for the fourth time on the road in conference this season. Drexel has yet to allow a goal in road conference games this season.
Drexel led 1-0 late in the game thanks to a first-half goal by Page. With the last-place Panthers charging to try to even things up, the Dragons gave a penalty in the box in the 90th minute, with just over 50 seconds remaining in the game. Caleb Kernan stepped up for Georgia State but was stonewalled by Washam, who stopped seven Panther shots but none bigger than that penalty kick to effectively end the contest.