With the loss, Saint Mary's drops to 2-5, while Saint Joseph's improves to 4-5.
"Toward the later part of each half, we let the details go, and didn't take care of the ball on offense," said head coach Lauren Uhr. During the second half, our offensive mistakes led to the ball being in our defensive thirty for too long, and communication is the first t"hing to go as you get tired. We will learn from our mistakes today, adapt to Drexels game, and tomorrow focus on communication and offensive details."
For the Gaels, Chong led the team with three goals, while Juliet Munroe scored twice and added an assist. Krista Morgan and Mariah Walk also scored for SMC. Chong had a team-high seven groundballs, while Morgan added three. Kathleen Worsdale tallied nine saves in goal.
Grace Dinn, Jen Peters and Val Paolucci scored two goals apiece for the Hawks.
The Gaels took a 4-2 lead in the first half after Munroe and Walk scored back-to-back goals to give SMC the 4-2 edge with 17:47 remaining. The Hawks responded by scoring the final three goals of the half to take a 5-4 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, Morgan tied the game at the 20:19 mark and Chong gave the Gaels the lead at the 18:27 mark. After the teams exchanged goals, SJU scored at the 7:10 mark and 5:14 mark to give the Hawks the tie and lead. The final goal would hold up for the Hawks, handing the Gaels the defeat.
Saint Mary's is back in action on Sunday when it takes on Drexel on the Dragon campus.