Hawks' Late Rally Falls Just Short vs. Monarchs

PHILADELPHIA - Despite exploding on a 5-0 run in the final 17 minutes of the second half, Saint Joseph's fell to Old Dominion, 9-7, on Sunday afternoon on Finnesey Field. The loss marks just the first time all season that Saint Joseph's has lost two straight, and the Hawks now stand at 5-3 overall.

Leading 6-2 early in the second half, Old Dominion (3-4) tacked on three more goals in the first 11 minutes to extend its lead, 9-2.

The Hawks would keep the Lady Monarchs scoreless for the remainder of the game as sophomore midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) ignited for three of the team's five goals. The 5-0 run would pull Saint Joseph's to within two goals, its smallest deficit of the day, but the 9-7 score would stand as the final.

"If we had played with that sense of urgency in the first half like we did in the second, I think it would have made a big difference for us in the game," said head coach Denise Roessler. "I'm proud of the way they came out with that in the second half, but there has to be two halves like that. Hats off to Old Dominion for being aggressive and giving us a good game."

Old Dominion controlled the offense in the first half, netting four unanswered goals through the first 10 minutes to pull ahead 4-0 at the 20:44 mark. Junior midfielder Val Paolucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Springfield) and Falcone would combine for a pair of goals (12:25, 5:15) between an additional pair of Lady Monarch goals to put the Hawks on the board, 6-2, heading into the second half.

Falcone led all scorers with four goals while graduate student attack Meghan McDevitt (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) registered two assists.

On the defensive end, junior Allison Heath (Newtown Square, Pa./Villa Maria Academy/Monmouth) picked up a game-high six ground balls and caused two turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) falls to 4-3 with the loss, making seven saves, five in the second half, on the day.

For the game, Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots, 27-21, ground balls, 21-16, and draw controls, 10-8, but the Hawks struggled on their free-position shots, converting just 1 of 10 from the eight meter despite fouling 10 less times on the day (33-23) than the Lady Monarchs.

Saint Joseph's will host Saint Mary's this Friday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. on Finnesey Field. The Hawks are 1-1 all-time against Saint Mary's with their last win coming in the form of an 8-7 victory on March 26, 2011. In that game, midfielder Val Paolucci netted the game-winner for her first collegiate goal.


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