RICHMOND, Va. - The third-seeded Saint Joseph's Hawks (12-6; 5-4 A-10) outlasted the sixth-seeded George Mason Patriots (11-7; 5-4 A-10), 14-9, on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse quarterfinals at Richmond's Robins Stadium. With the win, the Hawks advance to take on second-seeded Richmond in Friday's second semifinal at 4:00 pm.
Just three minutes into the game, All-Rookie selection Stephanie Kelly got the scoring started for the Hawks, assisted by Hayley Sabol, for her 29th score of the season. The Hawks maintained the offensive pressure, rattling off three more goals to take a 4-0 early lead. Bridget Cerciello found the back of the net following a clear attempt, before fellow All-Rookie selection Sam McGee got on the board. The team of Sabol and Kelly would switch roles for the fourth goal of the run with Kelly finding Sabol on the man-down possession.
A Hawks' foul resulted in a successful free position attempt for Chachi Kelehan that put George Mason on the board with their first goal of the game. SJU tacked on another pair of goals from Aly Gormley and
In second-half action, Francesca Donato started off the scoring for the Hawks with a score before Corrine Wessels and Lindsey Tangeman each converted free-position opportunities for George Mason, cutting the deficit to 8-5. SJU answered back with a pair of goals from Donato and McGee. A-10 Rookie of the Year, Erin Donoghue provided a mid-period spark, netting back-to-back goals for the Patriots.
Keeping the game just out of reach, Saint Joseph's McGee struck again with her third score of the day, followed by Rebecca Lane's first goal, putting SJU up, 12-7. Refusing to give up, the Patriots tacked on a pair of quick goals from Donoghue and Hailey Johnson to make it 12-9. McGee and Kelly would have the last word for the Hawks though, finding the back of the net on a pair of goals for a 14-9 final score.
Hawks' goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan tallied 11 saves while allowing nine goals in the win. For the Patriots, Elizabeth Benedetto started the contest, making seven saves and allowing seven goals, before Melissa Semikiw tallied six saves while allowing seven in the second half.
Saint Joseph's edged George Mason in shots, 39-31 while the Patriots converted free-position shots at a much higher clip (5 of 8).
The Hawks will take on Richmond for the second time this season in Friday's second A-10 semifinal at 4:00 pm. The Spiders won the April 6th contest, held in Philadelphia,16-7.