PHILADELPHIA -- Vanderbilt lacrosse saw multiple comeback attempts fall short Sunday in a 12-10 road loss against St. Joseph's. Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Foglio made a career-high 12 saves for the Commodores (5-2, 0-0 BIG EAST), who surrendered 24 shots on goal to the Hawks (3-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10).
St. Joe's jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Kayla Peterson scored Vanderbilt's first three goals of the game, igniting the Commodore offense in the first half.
Emily Mathewson scored back-to-back goals with under 10 minutes left in the period, tying the game at 6-6. The sophomore attacker added a free position goal with 19 seconds left in the half to give Vanderbilt an 8-7 lead at the break.
Both Peterson and Mathewson finished with four goals, maintaining their status as the Dores' two top scorers.
"They both played their game," Vanderbilt head coach Cathy Swezey said. "I think they both played to their strengths and played a smart lacrosse game."
Neither team led by more than two at any point in the second half, but St. Joe's scored the final three goals to set the final score, 12-10. Neither team scored in the final 13 minutes, and Vanderbilt was scoreless for the final 18 minutes and 37 seconds, dropping their second game of the season.
"We were having trouble getting the ball down the field in our transition," Swezey said. "When we did get to the offense, I think our attack felt a little rushed and some pressure to make something happen. Those rushed shots just equaled misses."
The Commodores had 10 turnovers in the second half, including four unsuccessful clear attempts.
Vanderbilt's next game is the BIG EAST Conference opener on Sunday, March 18, in Nashville against No. 4 Florida at 1 p.m. Admission is free at the VU Soccer/Lacrosse Complex.