INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team, ranked 13th in the nation and fresh off winning its third consecutive Atlantic 10 title, will take on Maryland in the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship on Friday, November 15.
The Hawks will face off against the Terrapins at University Hall Turf Field in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 2:30 p.m. The winner will take on either third overall seed Virginia or Delaware in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Saint Joseph’s (17-3) claimed its third consecutive Atlantic 10 crown with a 1-0 win at Richmond on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jordan Olenginski put the Hawks ahead just 55 seconds into the second quarter, and the SJU defense made it stand to carry the Hawks to the title. Senior Victoria Kammerinke made four saves on the day to pitch her second consecutive championship game shutout, and was joined on the All-Championship Team by Olenginski, Carolina Boxer, Pepa Serrano, and the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, Kathrin Bentz.
Maryland (16-3) earned an at-large berth in the Championship after falling in the Big Ten semifinals on Friday. The Terrapins, ranked second in last week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, won the Big Ten regular season title for the fifth time in six years this season.
The Hawks, winners of four consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles, will make their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this week and just the third in the program’s history. This season, Saint Joseph’s took on five teams that appear in the bracket released on Sunday, posting a 2-3 record; the Hawks earned victories over Boston College and Delaware while falling to Michigan, Syracuse, and overall top seed North Carolina.
All seats at University Hall Turf Field for NCAA Tournament games will be general admission, with tickets priced at $5; children under two are free. Tickets will only be available for purchase on the day of the game, and sales will be cash only. There will also be a $5 parking fee at the John Paul Jones Arena South Lot and the McCue Center Lot.
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