Archive: October, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia - The Drexel men's and women's swimming and diving team were outlasted by La Salle in their season opener at Kirk Pool on Saturday. The men's team dropped a close dual meet to the Explorers, 152-140, while the women were defeated, 157-117.
For the men, two up and coming freshmen Joel Barryman and Kyle Lukens placed first and second in the 100 yard backstroke. Barryman finished in 52.32 and Lukens followed close behind with a time of 53.11. Later in the meet, the Dragons won out the 100 yard butterfly with Lukens placing again this time in first, while sophomore Mike Krohn took second and freshman Stephen Brown finished third. Also in the men's 200 IM, the Dragons dominated the event as sophomore Chad Schmidt took first and stopped the clock at 2:02.77. Lukens continued his strong day by taking the second place position at 2:05.67, while sophomore Andrew Reimon posted a time of 2:11.04 and grabbed third.
Philadelphia - No. 18 Drexel Field Hockey scored two second-half goals, but was unable to outlast Delaware, 4-2, under the lights at Buckley Field. Drexel outshot the Blue Hens, 16-10, while both teams shared seven penalty corners each. The loss dropped the Dragons to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Delaware is now 2-3 in the league.
In the seventh minute of the opening half, junior Lindsay McArdle intercepted Delaware's pass in the middle of the field and broke out towards the attacking circle. McArdle made a diving attempt sending the ball towards the goal, but the Blue Hen's goalkeeper Sarah Scher slid out to block the incoming shot keeping the game tied, 0-0. The game continued with back and fourth play as neither team was able to put points on the board.
Rosales defeated Blosser, one of the nation's top 50 junior players and a highly-regarded collegian, 6-4, 7-6. Also advancing in the draw was Mafa, who along with Rosales also won their first round doubles match, 9-7 over Fairfield before being defeated in the Round of 32.
Davis jumped out to a quick start in the first set against Spreyer, winning 6-2 before dropping the second, 2-6. In the third and deciding set, Davis once again got himself strong footing, building up a 6-3 victory to win the match. In the second round, Davis was defeated in a tough match, 6-4, 6-4.