Campbell storms back to defeat St. Joseph's 11-7

Loren Day
(Steve Sheinfeld photo)
Loren Day (Steve Sheinfeld photo)

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – After falling behind 3-0 in the opening six minutes, Campbell used a nine-goal run spanning both halves to push past St. Joseph's, 11-7, on Sunday at Sweeney Field.

Sophomore Loren Day paced the Camels (4-3) with three goals and an assist, while senior goalkeeper Brittany Kincer registered a career-high 16 saves in the cage.

The Hawks (3-5) jumped to a quick 1-0 lead behind a Julia Falcone goal only 29 seconds after the opening draw. St. Joseph's followed with two more scores to take the 3-0 lead with 24:41 remaining in the half.

Sophomore Erica Hitch got the Camels on the board with a goal in the eighth minute, followed four minutes later with a Cloey Henchcliffe free position score, bringing CU within one, 3-2, with 19:09 to go before the break.

Campbell continued the scoring trend, netting five more before intermission to take a 7-3 lead into the locker room. Taelar Errington scored twice in the sprint, while Grace Boyce, Maddy Dolinar, and Loren Day each put in one.

In the first half, Campbell outshot the Hawks 15-11, and each team picked up 10 ground balls. Kincer tallied eight saves in the period.

The Camels wasted no time continuing the run after halftime, as Kaki Armiger converted on an Errington assist 40 seconds into the second. Day tacked on her second goal of the day 46 seconds later to give the Camels their largest lead of the day, 9-3.

Kelly Phelan ended the Campbell run at the 23:23 mark, netting the first St. Joseph's goal in 32 minutes to make the score 9-4.

Hitch gave the Camels their 10th goal in the ninth minute of the half to widen the margin to six again, 10-4.

The Hawks followed with their second 3-0 sprint of the day, closing the CU lead to 10-7 with 11:22 to go. It was as close as they would come to catching the Camels, as Day tallied her third and final goal of the game with 1:35 to go, sealing CU's fourth win of the season.

Campbell finished with the 29-26 edge in shots taken and won 13 of the 20 draw controls. St. Joseph's picked up 25 ground balls to CU's 21, and committed fewer turnovers than the Camels, 22-15.

The Camels are on the road again Saturday, opening Big South conference play at Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m.