RICHMOND, Va. – Jordan Olenginski's second-quarter goal and a shutout by the Hawk defense led the 13th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team past Richmond, 1-0, in the Atlantic 10 championship game at Crenshaw Field on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph's (17-3) controlled possession throughout the first quarter, but it was the Spiders that nearly got on the board first as Victoria Kammerinke turned away an early attempt.
• Shortly after the start of the second period, Olenginski took a pass from Pepa Serrano and tucked it past UR's Frankie Conklin for a 1-0 lead.
• The Hawks had chances to double the lead, but couldn't quite find the last touch in the circle. The defense, keyed by Kammerinke and the Championship's Most Outstanding Player, Kathrin Bentz, rose to the occasion, holding the hosts to just three shots in the first half.
• The third quarter saw just one shot, but Richmond (11-10) ratcheted up the offensive pressure in the fourth, peppering the Hawk cage with five shots and putting three of them on target. Kammerinke was there each time, including turning away an effort in the final minute to secure the title for the Hawks.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• The Spiders outshot the Hawks, 9-7, while SJU earned five penalty corner opportunities to three for Richmond.
• Kammerinke posted her fourth shutout of the season, making four stops on the day, while Conklin made one.
• Serrano's assist was her 15th of the season, tying her with Bentz for the team lead. The pair is also tied for the single-season program record set in 2004 by Nicole Antonini.
• The Hawks' third consecutive tournament title marks the first time a Saint Joseph's team has won three consecutive league championships. It's also the first time a team has won three A-10 field hockey consecutive titles since Richmond capped off a run of five in a row in 2006.
• Bentz was tabbed as the top performer of the Championship, and was joined on the All-Championship Team by Kammerinke, Serrano, Olenginski, and Carolina Boxer.
The Hawks will make their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament next week. The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Selection Show will air on NCAA.com at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night.