Willocks' Goal Leads No. 18 Saint Joseph's Past No. 9 Delaware

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NEWARK, Del. – Senior Anna Willocks scored her first goal of the season to give the 18th-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team a 1-0 win over ninth-ranked Delaware at Fred P. Rullo Stadium on Friday night.

The Hawks earned a penalty corner midway through the second half of a scoreless tie.  Sophomore Jordan Olenginski inserted to senior Monica Tice, who set up Willocks for what turned out to be the night’s only goal.

“It’s good to get that first goal ticked off,” Willocks said after game of her 60th career tally.  “Once you get one, hopefully it starts rolling.”

“We had an exciting game of hockey with superb efforts from both teams,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “Delaware is a strong attacking team and championship program.”

The game was delayed for approximately 45 minutes with 23:04 remaining in the first half due to lightning in the area with the game still scoreless.  The Hawks enjoyed an extended spell of possession after the restart, earning consecutive penalty corners, but UD’s Sydney Rhodes came up with a pair of stops to keep the game scoreless through the break.

Saint Joseph’s (3-0) held the majority of the early possession in the second half, with freshman Tonya Botherway nearly finding a breakthrough but tipping a pass from junior Pepa Serrano just wide.

Delaware (2-1) had an opportunity to break the deadlock with four consecutive penalty corners, but junior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke came up with a pair of saves and the Hawk defense stood tall to keep the hosts off the board.

Willocks finally got the Hawks on the board with 14:10 remaining to give SJU a 1-0 lead.  The Blue Hens would have a couple more opportunities, including a penalty corner with no time on the clock, but Kammerinke made her fifth save of the game to clear the ball out of the circle and seal the win.

SJU enjoyed a 10-9 advantage in shots on the night, while Delaware took 10 corners to four for the Hawks.  Rhodes matched Kammerinke’s effort with five saves of her own.

“We talked a lot about playing our own game, and we managed to do that,” Willocks said.  “There were moments where that broke down and we got shaky, but we just managed to make contact with other, we communicated, and we got it back.”

“This is a big step for our Hawk team, as the journey to better ourselves was the mission at heart,” Farquhar said.  “I’m proud of our ability to convert and play together.”

The Hawks continue their road swing on Sunday afternoon when they visit Rutgers.  Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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