Saint Joseph's Falls at Old Dominion

NORFOLK, Va. - Junior midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) recorded a career-high five goals, but Saint Joseph's (3-4) ultimately fell at Old Dominion, 18-11, on Sunday afternoon at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.

Trailing 5-0 after Old Dominion (3-5) scored five unanswered goals throughout the first 10:02, Saint Joseph's answered back as senior attack Val Paolucci (Swarthmore, PA./Springfield) took control and netted back-to-back SJU goals within 55 seconds of one another to pull the Hawks to within three, 5-2, with 16:53 remaining in the first half of play.

Just over four minutes later, Paolucci found Falcone for the junior's first tally of the game to further close SJU's deficit, 5-3, with just under 13 minutes left in the first.

The Lady Monarchs then went on a 4-1 run to extend their lead back to five goals, 9-4, heading into the half. Paolucci registered SJU's lone goal during that run as the senior boasted a phenomenal four-point half on three goals and one assist to contribute on every scoring play of the first 30:00.

Coming out of the half, Old Dominion went on a 5-1 run that spanned the first 5:10 to further extend the home team's lead, 14-5.

However, Saint Joseph's would put together a run of its own as the Hawks tallied four unaswered goals to pull to within five, 14-9, with 16:20 remaining in regulation. Falcone tallied two of her five goals and sophomore attack Bonnie McShane (Media, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) dished out a pair of assists during that run.

The Lady Monarchs added another pair of goals and owned a 16-9 lead heading into the final five minutes of regulation, but Saint Joseph's continued to chip away. Falcone netted her career-high fifth goal of the game and freshman midfielder Sarah Smith (Jackson, N.J./Monsignor Donovan) tallied her second collegiate goal, both on dishes from junior midfielder Hannah Hutchins (Weston, Conn./Weston), to pull the Hawks to within five, 16-11, heading into the final 2:37 of play.

However, Old Dominion would add two more goals for security and that score, 18-11, would stand as time expired.

For the game, Old Dominion held a slight edge in shots, 32-29, although the Hawks outshot the Lady Monarchs 18-13 in the second half. Old Dominion also held a 22-18 edge in ground balls and turned the ball over three times more than SJU, 23-20. Saint Joseph's struggled at the draw in the first half as the Lady Monarchs claimed 11 of 14 possible possessions en route to outscoring the Hawks 9-4 in the opening 30:00; SJU improved on the draw controls in the second half to own a 9-8 edge in the latter half.

Saint Joseph's was led by a combined eight-goal effort from Paolucci and Falcone; Paolucci led the way in the opening 30:00 as she tallied all three of her goals in the first half while Falcone netted four of her five tallies in the final 30:00. The duo also combined for 19 of SJU's 29 total shots. Sophomore attack Emily Bowers (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame, N.J.)) registered a pair of assists and has now recorded at least one point in 12 consecutive games dating back to April 7 of last season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) (3-4) made five saves and added three ground balls in a full-game effort for the Crimson and Gray.

Saint Joseph's returns home next Sunday, March 23 to host Campbell at 1:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.


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