Saint Joseph's Expectations High for 2014 Lacrosse Season

The senior trio of captains Brittany Hanrahan and Kaitlyn McSwiggan and Allison Heath will anchor Saint Joseph's defensive unit in 2014. All three veterans started every game last season en route to a putting together a back line that ranked in the nation's top ten in scoring defense for the majority of 2013.

A 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection and second-year team captain, Hanrahan recorded a team-best 17 caused turnovers and ranked third with 26 ground balls. Heath ranked second on the team with 28 ground balls and 25 draw controls while McSwiggan tied for second on the team with 16 caused turnovers. Combined, the trio amounted for 37 percent (44 of 119) of SJU's total caused turnovers and 26 percent (69 of 267) of SJU's total ground balls in 2013.

Adding substantial quality and depth to the defensive unit will be sophomore Caroline Hagan. Recognized for her determined play and consistent hustle, the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection was the top defensive freshman off the bench for the Hawks last season. Hagan caused 13 turnovers in 14 appearances and is expected make solid contributions in her sophomore campaign.

Sophomore Kelly Phelan returns as last season's second draw-control specialist while junior Molly Curcio, sophomore Mary Margaret Tonner, and freshmen Maggie Egan and Mallory Grey will also look to make solid contributions in 2014.

Sophomore Genevieve Giblin returns for her second year between the pipes in 2014. The 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection had a breakout rookie season, starting 13 of 16 contests to boast an 8.82 goals-against average and .399 saves percentage in 870:51. Giblin ranked in the nation's top 20 in goals-against average for a majority of the season and concluded her rookie season ranked sixth in the A-10 in goals-against average and eighth in saves percentage.

Junior captain Nora McGeever will back up Giblin in goal this year. McGeever made two saves last season in SJU's win over Presbyterian and will provide depth in goal for the Crimson and Gray in 2014.

The Hawks open their season on the road on Saturday, February 15 at Temple. Their first home game is slated for Friday, February 21 against LIU Brooklyn.

"We want to compete and we want to be one of the best teams in the league," said McGeever. "We have a good team and a good, positive attitude. We just need to get through the cold and get to our games, but it'll be fun. We're ready and we're pumped."

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