St. Joe's Edges La Salle in A-10 Opener
from press release
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team defeated La Salle, 7-6, in it's Atlantic 10 opener on Friday afternoon at Finnesey Field. Three players scored two goals apiece to lead the Hawks, including Alana Glanell, who scored the game-winning goal and tallied two assists in the win.
La Salle opened scoring with four goals in the first 9:21, including three man-up goals, but the Hawks answered back with four goals of their own to knot the game, 4-4, going into the break.
Glanell tallied the first goal off a pass from Jen Peters at the 16:37 mark and just 1:03 later Meghan McDevitt set up freshman Val Paolucci for her first goal of the game. Grace Dinn and Peters each scored in the last four minutes of the half.
In the second half, Paolucci drilled a ball into the back of the net to give the Hawks the lead, but La Salle answered with two goals to go up by one, 6-5, with 20:59 to go. Peters scored a free-position goal to tie the game at 18:35 and Glanell converted the game-winning goal on a free-position attempt with 9:02 on the clock.
The Hawks maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the remaining minutes and held the Explorers off on defense for the win.
SJU outshot La Salle, 27-17, while the Hawks' defense caused nine of the Explorers 18 turnovers in the game and goalkeeper Kaitlin LaBarbera made seven saves in net.
Saint Joseph's (5-5, 1-0) returns to action when it hosts Temple on Sunday. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Finnesey Field.