AMHERST, Mass.— Top-Seeded Saint Joseph’s scored seven unanswered goals, five of which came in an explosive second half to cruise past No. 4 Richmond in the semifinals of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship.
The 17th-ranked Hawks (17-3), who played in last year’s championship final as well, await the winner of the second semifinal between No. 2 UMass and No. 3 VCU. Saturday’s final begins at 2:00 pm ET.
A-10 Rookie of the Year Quinn Maguire turned in a hat trick, scoring the Hawks’ third goal that proved to be the game-winner. She also added a pair of insurance goals.
Richmond (8-11) scored twice to open the game, first on an unassisted high reverse stick shot by Florentine Beelaerts van Blokland at 9:28. After Richmond goalkeeper Felicitas Heinzel made a spectacular save to preserve the Spider lead, Katrina Balagtek scored off a deflection at the other end of the field and gave Richmond a 2-0 lead.
A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Anna Willocks responded for Saint Joseph’s at 26:48 to on a pass from Kathrin Bentz to erase the shutout. Less than two minutes later, she tallied a goal on a penalty stroke, which tied the game. Maguire’s first goal followed and opened the floodgate for the Hawks.
Bentz and Emily Peters each scored for the Hawks to add insurance goals.
Heinzel made six saves for the Spiders, while Atlantic 10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year Victoria Kammerinke made three saves. SJU held a 20-8 edge in shots.