Strong Second Half Leads #9 Field Hockey Past Quinnipiac, 4-1

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Three goals in the second half made the difference as the ninth-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team put away Quinnipiac, 4-1, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Saint Joseph’ (10-3) got on the board first as Noa Schuringa netted her second of the season midway through the opening quarter.

• Quinnipiac (4-9) drew level through Rachel Papernik with three and a half minutes to go in the second to send the teams into the break tied, 1-1.

• The Hawks came out stronger in the second half, as Maaike Gorissen set up Hailey Bitters for the go-ahead goal with four minutes to play in the third.

Manu Ghigliotti doubled the lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before Gorissen tallied a goal of her own to close out the scoring with 5:03 to play.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE

Robin Bleekemolen played the full 60 minutes and made four saves for the win, while Nina Santore made four for Quinnipiac in defeat.

• The Hawks outshot the Bobcats, 14-8, including a 10-2 advantage in the second half.

• The Bobcats’ goal was the first that the Hawks conceded in three weeks; it came at the 26:31 mark, ending the Hawks’ shutout streak at 338:02.  Saint Joseph’s had shut out its last five opponents by a combined score of 18-0.

• The win is the 10th of the season for the Hawks, giving them double-digit victories in six consecutive full seasons; previously, SJU had posted five consecutive double-digit win campaigns on two separate occasions (1984-88, 2004-08).

HAWK TALK

“Today we learned to play through different adversity than we have faced yet this season,” head coach Hannah Prince said.  “Our first half we underperformed and allowed external factors to affect our play.  I am proud of the group for being able to reset at halftime; the second half we came out united, focused on us and getting back to Hawk hockey.  I’m happy with our improvements in our ball movement and execution in the attack circle.”

UP NEXT

The Hawks head to Saint Louis for an Atlantic 10 matchup with the Billikens on Saturday afternoon.


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