Saint Joseph's University Athletics 2017-18 Annual Report • Top Stories

The success of Saint Joseph's University Athletics during 2017-18 was remarkable. Whether it was in competition, the classroom or the community our student-athletes and teams continued to soar and reach new heights. We're grateful for your passion and generous support of the Hawks. Enjoy this look back as we reflect on the outstanding achievements from the past year.

Jill Bodensteiner Introduced as Director of Athletics

Saint Joseph’s Athletics ushered in a new era with the introduction of Jill Bodensteiner as Director of Athletics on March 22. Bodensteiner arrived on Hawk Hill after a 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. She began her tenure on June 1. She laid out her expectations for the future of SJU athletics, focusing on continuing to build on its strong tradition of educating student-athletes to immerse themselves in the classroom and the world around them.

Don DiJulia Retires as Director of Athletics

After more than six decades of affiliation at his alma mater, Don DiJulia retired as vice president and director of athletics at SJU at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. One of the most respected leaders in college athletics, he spent 35 years as AD during two stints on Hawk Hill from 1976-1981 and 1988-2018. Overall, he spent 50 years as an athletic coach and administrator.

Don DiJulia Honors - 2017-18

  • SJU Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Big 5 Hall of Fame
  • ECAC Hall of Fame
  • Honorary Degree, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Atlantic 10 Athletic Director Internship

CHAMPIONS: Field Hockey Wins A-10 Title, Earns NCAA Tournament Bid

The field hockey team captured the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles, en route to earning the program's first-ever NCAA bid. The Hawks defeated Massachusetts in overtime to claim the A-10 crown, before falling to #4 North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Atlantic 10 and ECAC Coach of the Year Lynn Farquhar and All-Americans Anna Willocks and Victoria Kammerinke led the Hawks, who set new school records for victories (18), goals, assists and points, and finished the year ranked 15th in the final NFHCA Poll.

Men's Lacrosse Wins NEC Regular Season Title; Garners First-Ever National Ranking

The men's lacrosse team captured the Northeast Conference regular season title and hosted the NEC championship on Sweeney Field for the fourth time in five years, advancing to the conference title game. Led by NEC Coach of the Year Taylor Wray, the Hawks reeled off a school record 11-game winning streak and knocked off a pair of ranked opponents to earn the program’s first-ever national ranking.

Men's Rowing Places 17th at IRA National Championship

The men’s rowing team capped off one of the finest seasons in school history with a 17th place finish at the shortened IRA National Championship Regatta on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The top-seeded Hawks also placed third at the Dad Vail Regatta, earning a pair of silver medals and a bronze and captured the Bergen Cup for the second consecutive year.

Men's Cross Country Places Second at A-10 Championship, Third at IC4As

The men's cross country team capped a stellar year with a second place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship and a third place finish at the IC4A Championship. Individually, Dan Savage (seventh) and Zach Michon (15th) earned A-10 All-Conference honors while all five of the Hawks’ scorers at IC4As (Savage, Michon, David Dorsey, Jack Daly and Colin Crilly) earned All-East honors.

Women’s Basketball Reaches A-10 Title Game, Earns Postseason Bid

Finishing the season with a flurry, the women’s basketball team advanced to the Atlantic 10 championship game and earned the program’s 28th postseason bid, reaching the second round of the WNIT. Individually, Cindy Griffin became just the fifth coach in any sport in Saint Joseph’s history to surpass 300 career victories.

Andre Places 13th at NCAA Track East Regional; Captures A-10, ECAC Titles

One of the most decorated jumpers in program history, Claudine Andre closed out her career with a 13th place finish at the 2018 NCAA East Regional. A three-time ECAC All-East honoree and six-time A-10 medalist in the high jump, she captured both the Atlantic 10 indoor and outdoor titles, as well as the ECAC indoor crown, while setting a new school record in the indoor high jump (5’ 9 1/4”).

Women's Lacrosse Sets Record for Victories

After a record-setting campaign, women’s lacrosse reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the third consecutive year. Overall, the team set a new school-record with 12 wins and shattered single-season marks for goals (262), assists (127), points (389), shots (618), and longest winning streak (7).


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