PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s University will host a pair of Atlantic 10 championships during the 2011-12 season, conference officials announced on Thursday. The Hawks will host the A-10 Field Hockey Championship the first week of November and the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship the first week of March.
Hosting the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship for the eighth time, the Hawks will welcome the top 12 teams in the conference to Hagan Arena on March 2-5, with the league championship game televised live on ESPN at 5 p.m. on March 5. Saint Joseph’s has previously hosted the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship in 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2006 and 2008, with the Hawks advancing to the semifinals in 1985, 1995 and 2006; and the championship game in 1991 and 2004.
Saint Joseph’s will welcome the top four field hockey programs in the league on November 4 and 5 for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship. It will mark the eighth time SJU has hosted to the event. The Hawks last hosted the conference championship in 2007, when the Crimson and Gray fell to Massachusetts, 2-1, in the title game on Finnesey Field.