BRISTOL, R.I. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team fought hard, but ultimately was dealt a 6-0 setback to a tall and talented Roger Williams University (RWU) squad, in a non-conference road match at Bayside Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays were playing in just their third match in program history, while the Hawks were fresh off a 12-10 2019 campaign, which included a semifinal bid in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. Their level of talent was on display at Bayside Field, controlling the time of possession despite a full-on effort from the visitors. The Hawks led 2-0 at the half, but were able to eventually wear out the Saint Joseph defense, scoring four second-half goals to claim the 6-0 triumph.
Score: Saint Joseph 0, Roger Williams 6
Records: USJ (1-2), RWU (2-0)
Location: Bayside Field | Bristol, R.I.
COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "We are a first-year team, and today we played a very skilled team with a deep bench. We kept the game close early and I was very happy holding Roger Williams to no goals in the second period. The fourth period we just gave up too many corners which gave them those opportunites. The team showed a lot of grit playing hard until the final whistle. We have work to do to get ready for our first conference game on Saturday."
- The Hawks outshot the Blue Jays, 29-0. They also held a 15-0 advantage in penalty corners.
- First-ever meeting between the two teams.
- Six different players scored for Roger Williams.
NUMBER TO KNOW
1 - This is the first game in program history for USJ that was decided in regulation. Their previous two contests went to a combined three overtime periods.
USJ –Sophomore goalie Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) took the loss for USJ (0-2), allowing six goals. She also tied a career-best and program-best 10 saves in the effort. Freshman goalie Abby Delgado (Southington, Conn.) also saw nearly 10 minutes of action late.
RWU – Senior goalie and captain Callie Flanagan (Wenham, Mass.) secured the victory for the Hawks with a near-50 minute shutout (2-0). Freshman goalkeeper Jill Haudenshield (Sykesville, Md.) wrapped up a final 10 scoreless minutes for RWU.
The Blue Jays will conclude this quick two-game road trip with a visit to the AMCATS of Anna Maria on Saturday, September 11 at 4:30 p.m. The contest will be the first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) game in program history.
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