Saint Joseph's Edges Manhattan to Go 5-1

PHILADELPHIA - A pair of late second-half goals secured Saint Joseph's fifth win of season as the defeated Manhattan, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon on Finnesey Field. With the win, the Hawks tie their total number of wins from last season and extend their winning streak to three games.

Trailing 6-4 midway through the second half, Manhattan (1-4) netted back-to-back goals in just 37 seconds (11:43, 11:06) to tie the game, 6-6.

The Jaspers would commit a foul at the 7:04 mark to set sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) up for a free position shot, and Falcone found the back of the net to give the Hawks the 7-6 advantage.

With just over 4:30 remaining in regulation, junior attack Abby Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) dished a pass from behind the net to graduate student attack Meghan McDevitt (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) for a brilliant quick-stick play that sealed the 8-6 victory for the Hawks.

"They don't even practice that," said Saint Joseph's head coach Denise Roessler of the play leading up to the goal. "They just read their defense and were able to capitalize."

The Hawks got on the board first with two consecutive goals before the Jaspers went on a 3-0 run that spanned four minutes to take their only lead of the game, 3-2, at the 12:07 mark. McDevitt netted back-to-back goals of her own (5:17, 2:02) to put the Hawks back ahead, 4-3, heading into the second half.

Manhattan attacked for another goal just over nine minutes into the second half to tie the game at four goals apiece, but freshman attack Bianca Angstadt (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic) responded exactly one minute later with a goal of her own while Falcone registered the first of her two goals on the game to put the Hawks back ahead, 6-4, heading into the final 12 minutes of regulation.

McDevitt led all scorers with a game-high four goals on a six shots for an impressive .667 shooting percentage on the day and has now registered a hat-trick in four of six games this season. Falcone added two goals and picked up a game-leading four ground balls.

Freshman goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) improved to 4-1 on the season as she made six saves in a full 60 minutes of action for the Hawks.

Saint Joseph's held a 26-16 advantage in shots and earned 10 of 16 total draw controls on the day. The Hawks capitalized on the Jaspers' 14 turnovers and took control of free position shots, going 3 of 8 from the eight-meter.

"It was a hard-fought game," said Roessler. "I'm glad to see that they fought to the end to get the win, but we need to also learn from the game and continue to get better at all of the little things."

Saint Joseph's will travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth this Wednesday, March 13. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Kessler Field. The Hawks of Saint Joseph's are 2-2 all-time against the Hawks of Monmouth, with their most recent win coming in the form of an 11-6 victory on March 13, 2011.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Manhattan began its longest road stretch of the season as they visited St. Joseph's on Saturday afternoon. A back and forth affair went the way of the Hawks as they scored the final two goals of the game for an 8-6 victory.

The Jaspers (1-4) fell behind early when Val Paolucci and Meghan McDevitt each found the net in the first six minutes of the contest. Manhattan would respond with three straight goals as freshman Megan Yarusso buried a feed from Claire Kerrisk at the 16:07 mark of the first half. Kerrisk would then be on the receiving end of a Kelsey Rehain pass two minutes later to knot things up at two apiece. The Jasper run would be capped by Domenica O'Brey, giving Manhattan their first lead of the game with 12:07 remaining in the first half.

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