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Women’s lacrosse: St. Joe’s stifles Lehigh, 15-8, with strong goaltending

Saturday, 27th February 2021

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/27/21
From Press Release

Seven different scorers found the net and goalkeeper Melissa Semkiw made 13 saves as the Saint Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team cruised past Lehigh, 15-8, at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Sam McGee

• Stephanie Kelly had the hot hand early, notching a hat trick in the game’s first 10 minutes as Saint Joseph’s (2-2) opened an 8-2 lead midway through the first half. Sam McGee (Abington) added two goals and an assist during the Hawks’ scorching start as well.

• The hosts got back into the game as Lehigh (0-2) grabbed two in a row to cut it to a four-goal margin with 13:17 to play. Alyssa Manley (Bishop Shanahan) got one back for the Hawks with four minutes to go, but a pair of yellow cards gave the Mountain Hawks a two-up situation, which they cashed in for a goal to send the game into the break at 9-5.

• The second half started in a similar manner to the first, as McGee (one assist) finished off her hat trick and Manley and Kaela Smith (Bishop Shanahan) netted their respective second goals of the day to push the SJU lead to 12-5 less than six minutes into the second stanza.

• Saint Joseph’s kept up the defensive pressure, keeping Lehigh scoreless for a nearly 17-minute stretch in the second half to salt away the win. Kelly would add her fourth of the day while Riley Delaney (Garnet Valley) tallied her second and Julia Pash grabbed her first to close out the scoring for SJU.

• Semkiw enjoyed her finest performance as a Hawk, making a season-high 13 saves in the win. Samantha Sagi and Claudia Hanover combined for 11 stops for Lehigh. Semkiw added a game-high eight ground balls as well.

• SJU outshot Lehigh, 36-30, while putting 26 of those attempts on goal.

• Kelly led all scorers with four goals, while she and McGee both tallied four points. Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) scored three goals and Cecily Redfern (Moravian Academy) had two while Hannah Cermack totaled four assists for the hosts.

• Pash secured a game-high eight draws while causing three turnovers, tied with Taylor-Newman Farr for the team lead in the category. All told, the Hawks notched 11 caused turnovers on the day.

The Hawks are currently scheduled to be idle until March 13 when they visit Temple.

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