Weekend Round-up, September 8

In lieu of this week’s printed edition (thank you, Labor Day!), here’s a rundown of what we should have been covered in the world of St. Joe’s sports this week:

-The St. Joe’s women’s cross country team acquitted themselves well at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Lid-Lifter Invitational, finishing third in the seven-team field. The University of Maryland took the overall win, followed by West Virginia, who are ranked number 2 in the country but rested their top nine runners for this meet.

Leading the way for the young Hawks’ squad was a group of four veterans who finished three seconds apart. Kathleen Casey, ’12, crossed the line in ninth place (19:08.16), followed closely by Aimee Chegwidden, ’11, (19:08.67) in tenth out of the 62-runner field.

The next group of Hawks stopped the clock in 12th and 13th, with team captains Jessica Di Cicco, ’11, and Christina Morelli, ’11, finishing in 19:10.53 and 19:11.14, respectively.

Follwing them was a pair of freshmen in their first collegiate race. Maureen O’Donnell, ’13, finished 18th, just ahead of teammate by Lena Finucane, ’13, in 23rd. Laura Faller, ’11, rounded out the scoring with a 27th-place finish.

“For a very young group, they came together well as a unit,” said head coach Kevin Quinn of his team, which has no seniors. “We got to a meet and they did just what they did in practice all week. They ran in their groups, which is what they’re supposed to do.”

– The St. Joe’s field hockey team almost secured a historic win, but fell in overtime to number-10 ranked Duke, 4-3. Two goals by Ellen Rowe, ’12, weren’t enough to stave off the Blue Devils.

The Hawks fell into a 2-0 hole, and were kept off the scoreboard for the first 45 minutes. But the two goals by Rowe, followed by a strike from Jen Wrublesky, ’11, put the Hawks ahead with a quarter of an hour left to play.

But Duke stormed back, with Amie Survilla scoring her second goal of the game on a penalty corner with just 15 seconds left on the clock. Despite the momentum they carried into the extra period, Duke was made to wait for the winner by the resilient Hawks’ effort. Tara Jennings’ first goal of the season 13 minutes into to overtime finally ended the day for the Hawks.

– The women’s soccer team eked out a well-deserved scoreless draw with Delaware on the weekend, giving Christine Neal, ’13, the first shutout of her career. Neal went the entire way and was rarely tested, having to make only one save.

Her opposite number, Annie Bevan, was called into action five times by the Hawks’ attack, having to make two saves each on Maggie Lupinski, ’12, and Jen Pfeiffer, ’12.

-The men’s soccer team was not as fortunate, as they suffered a resounding 6-0 defeat at the hands of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Goalkeeper Adam D’Ottavi, ’13, was the lone bright spot, making seven saves on nine shots faced.

The Retrievers hit the Hawks with a potent and balanced attack, led by braces from Levi Houapeu, Andrew Bulls, and Matt Knight. They peppered the St. Joe’s cage with 24 shots, 17 of which were on net, while St. Joe’s attack could muster a paltry seven shots and only one on the cage.

-Matthew De George ’10


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