NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Having claimed its fourth consecutive regular season title, the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team will hold the top seed for the 2019 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship, set to begin on Friday at Richmond’s Crenshaw Field.

The Hawks will meet fourth-seeded Lock Haven at 11:00 a.m. on November 8.  The other semifinal pits second-seeded Massachusetts against the hosts, third-seeded Richmond, at 2:00 p.m.

The winners will meet in the title game on Saturday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Crenshaw Field; the winner will be crowned the Atlantic 10 champion and receive the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship.

Saint Joseph’s (15-3 overall, 8-0 Atlantic 10) posted an unbeaten conference record for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years.  Ranked 13th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the Hawks have won 20 consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season games and will be seeking their third consecutive tournament title.

The Hawks are led offensively by sophomore Tonya Botherway (16 goals, two assists, 34 points), seniors Pepa Serrano (7 g, 14 a, 28 p) and Kathrin Bentz (7 g, 13 a, 27 p) and junior Jordan Olenginski (10 g, 3 a, 23 p).  The quartet holds the top four spots on the conference scoring chart, with Botherway and Olenginski ranking first and second in the league in goals and Serrano and Bentz with the top two spots in assists as well.

Ten Hawks have posted double-digit points on the season, while 17 have found the scoresheet at some point this season.  The Hawks entered the weekend with the nation’s most prolific offense, leading Division I in goals and points and ranking second in assists.

Lock Haven (11-7 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) enters the postseason on a four-game winning streak, securing a spot in the Championship with wins in their final two conference games.  The Hawks blanked the Bald Eagles, 4-0, at Ellen Ryan Field on October 4.

Massachusetts (10-9 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) won Friday’s winner-take-all game against VCU for the final spot in the Championship, topping the Rams 1-0 in a shootout.  SJU opened conference play with a 4-1 win over the Minutewomen at the Gladchuck Field Hockey Complex on September 27.

Richmond (10-9 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) won five of its final six conference games to secure a berth.  The Spiders topped UMass in their earlier meeting, taking a 2-1 result on the road.  Botherway scored the game-winner with just over a minute to go on October 20 at Crenshaw Field as the Hawks came away with a 3-2 win that locked up the top seed in the Championship.

Tickets for the Championship will be available for purchase on-site at Crenshaw Field.  All three games of the Championship will be streamed domestically on ESPN+ and internationally on the Atlantic 10 Network.  More Championship information can be found on Atlantic10.com.

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