Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:03 pm

DaGraca’s Overtime Goal Pushes Monks Past Blue Jays, 1-0

STANDISH, Maine – Freshman forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) scored in the 98th minute to propel Saint Joseph's College (4-5-0, 2-1-0 GNAC) past University of Saint Joseph (3-5-0, 1-2-0 GNAC), 1-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Saturday afternoon.

THE LEAD

DaGraca provided the Monks with the thrilling walk-off victory after receiving a lead pass from junior Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) and eluding a defender on the right side of the box. With only USJ keeper Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.) to beat, the first-year standout slipped an odd-angle shot into the left corner with 2:59 remaining in the first overtime period.

For DaGraca, the goal counted as her sixth of the season and first game-winner of her NCAA career.

NOTABLES

Senior forward Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) paced the Royal Blue with six shots, including four on goal, in the victory.

For the Blue Jays, Sara Barnick (Watertown, Conn.), Nicole Aquillo (Hebron, Conn.) and Emily Burke (Windsor Locks, Conn.) recorded three shots apiece on the afternoon.

THE KEEPERS

Saint Joseph's sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made six saves to post her second shutout of the season and sixth of her career. Aside from the saves, Troup made several key plays while leaving the net to challenge USJ players in 1v1 situations.

Dodge registered six stops for the visitors.

TEAM TOTALS

The conference counterparts played nearly even, with University of Saint Joseph owning a slight lead in shots (17-14) and corner kicks (6-5) in a losing bid. The Monks were flagged for eight fouls while the Blue Jays were slapped with five infractions.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 5-3-2 in the history of the series with University of Saint Joseph, a team that toppled the Monks by a 6-0 score – the largest losing deficit versus a GNAC team since joining the conference in 2007 – in Connecticut last fall.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's travels to Waterville, Maine on Monday for a 7:00 PM kick-off versus Thomas College (4-3-0, 1-0-0 NAC). Saint Joseph's defeated Thomas by a 1-0 score in Standish last season and is 34-6 in the history of the series with the Terriers, a team the Monks have defeated in 19-straight meetings dating back to the 1997 campaign.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:18 am

Monks Topple Terriers, 8-1

WATERVILLE, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (5-5-0, 2-1-0 GNAC) routed Thomas College (4-4-0, 1-0-0 NAC), 8-1, in a non-conference women's soccer match on Monday night. Freshman forward Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) scored twice and added an assist in the lopsided victory, which was the Monks' fourth in the last five games.

THE LEAD

Senior forward Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) and freshman forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) both scored in the opening four minutes of play, but Thomas senior midfielder Bronte Howorth (Austin, Texas) cut the hosts' deficit in half with her fifth goal of the season in the fifth minute. Sheehan answered the call, potting her two tallies – both off DaGraca passes - in the ensuing 20 minutes to put the Monks up 4-1 heading into intermission.

Saint Joseph's padded the lead with four second-stanza markers, including a pair of Thomas own-goals, to walk away with the 8-1 triumph.

NOTABLES

Junior Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) and sophomore Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.) both scored in the second half for Saint Joseph's. For Comtois, the goal – a free kick from the left that sailed beyond the outstretched hands of Terriers keeper Ashley Gooden (Lancaster, N.H.) – was her first of the season and second of her NCAA career.

THE KEEPERS

St. Joe's senior goalkeeper Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) made three saves to pick up her second victory of the season.

The Terriers split time in net, with starter Paige Leary (Palermo, Maine) taking the loss after allowing four goals with 10 saves in the first half while Gooden tallied seven stops in the second frame.

TEAM TOTALS

Saint Joseph's held advantages in both shots (30-9) and corner kicks (7-6) while Thomas was called for seven fouls opposed to four infractions charged to the Monks.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 35-6 all-time versus Thomas College and has now defeated the Terriers in 20-consecutive meetings dating back to the 1997 season. In 41 meetings between the former conference rivals, the Monks have scored eight or more goals on three occasions. St. Joe's defeated the Terriers by a 9-0 score on September 28th, 1994 and toppled Thomas, 8-0, on September 7th, 2008.

The Monks nipped the Terriers by a 1-0 margin in Standish last fall. The last time Saint Joseph's scored at least eight goals: October 14th, 2012 in an 8-0 victory over Maine-Presque Isle.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's plays the first of eight-consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) games when the team travels to Paxton, Massachusetts for a 4:00 PM match at Anna Maria College (2-6-1, 0-2-1 GNAC). The Monks are 4-0 in the history of the series with the AMCATS and have outscored their conference counterpart, 23-0, in the four meetings, including a 2-0 win in Standish last season.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:18 am

Saint Joseph’s Handles Anna Maria, 4-0

PAXTON, Mass. – Saint Joseph's College (6-5-0, 3-1-0 GNAC) blanked Anna Maria College (2-7-1, 0-3-1 GNAC), 4-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer action on Wednesday afternoon.

THE LEAD

The scoreless contest was interrupted in the 22nd minute as an AMCAT handball inside the box granted the Monks a penalty kick, which was buried by Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) for the first score. The Monks added a second goal late in the first half to lead 2-0 at halftime and added two more scores in the second half to account for the 4-0 final.

NOTABLES

Senior forward Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) scored a goal and added an assist in the GNAC victory and freshman Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) netted her team-leading eighth marker of the season. Also, freshman Emily Moreau (Litchfield, Mass.) potted her first NCAA goal in the 41st minute.

THE KEEPERS

For Saint Joseph's, sophomore Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and senior Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) split time in goal, with the former making a pair of stops in 77:08 of play and the latter adding one save in 12:52 of mop-up duty.

Anna Maria's sophomore netminder Kate Kneeland (Windham, Maine) tallied 15 saves in the losing effort.

TEAM TOTALS

The Monks held a commanding 32-9 lead in shots with a 4-3 edge in corner kicks on the afternoon.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

The Monks are now 5-0 in the history of the series with the AMCATS and have outscored their conference counterpart, 27-0, in the five meetings.

Saint Joseph's has won five of the last six games and outscored opponents by a collective 21-3 margin during this span.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's travels to New Haven on Saturday for a 1:00 PM conference contest against Albertus Magnus College (4-5-2, 2-2-0 GNAC). The Monks are 6-3 all-time versus the Falcons and defeated Albertus by a 1-0 score in Standish last fall.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:43 pm

Falcons Tip Monks in Double OT, 4-3

New Haven, Conn. – Junior midfielder Danielle Polvan (East Haven, Conn.) capped an epic comeback for the Albertus Magnus College women's soccer team with the game-winning goal on Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) overtime victory against Saint Joseph's (Me.) at Celentano Field. With the win, the Falcons improve to 5-5-2 overall and 3-2 in conference tilts, while the Monks move to 6-6 on the year and 3-2 in league play.

With the score tied at three in the second overtime, Polvan collected a pass from senior forward Acacia Nelson (Bridgeport, Conn.) inside the box and fired a shot past Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Brooke Troup. The marker was her second of the game and came with 3:11 left on the clock. The game-winning tally was the first of the season for Polvan as she capped an impressive three-goal week in GNAC action.

Trailing by three in the second half, the hosts picked up the tempo and netted four unanswered goals en route to the victory. The three straight goals to end regulation came in a 20-minute span as Albertus Magnus stole the momentum away from the Monks.

Nelson put the Falcons on the board in the 64th minute with her third goal of the season. The strike was unassisted and started the Albertus rally. In the 79 minute, sophomore midfielder Angelina Piccirillo (Naugatuck, Conn.) brought the Falcons within one with her first goal of the season. Albertus freshman forward Alexya Alves (Naugatuck, Conn.) started the play with a pass to Piccirillo in the middle of the field and the second-year striker beat Troup with a blast from 25 yards out.

Just under three minutes later, Polvan netted her first goal of the game to tie the score at three with less 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Piccirillo earned the assist on the play as she found an open Polvan at the top of the box. Polvan corralled the pass and fired a shot into the upper 90 to knot the contest at three.

In the first overtime, the Falcons outshot the Monks, 3-0. All three shots were on target and turned aside by Troup. In the second overtime, Albertus controlled possession and tempo to hold the visitors without a shot. Over the final 62 minutes of action, Albertus allowed just one shot by Saint Joseph's, which was wide of the net and came early in the 51st minute.

The Monks opened the scoring in the 29th minute, as Emily Moreau potted an unassisted marker. Five minutes later, the guests built their lead to two courtesy of a goal from Desiree Parent. On Parent's tally, Colleen Sheehan picked up the assist with a nice pass to set the play up. Early in the second half, Saint Joseph's took a three-goal lead off a corner kick. Megen Pollini headed the cross into the box past Albertus Magnus senior goalkeeper Maria Case (West Haven, Conn.)

The Falcons held a 27-9 advantage in shots and took five corners compared to just two by the Monks.

In net, Case made three saves to earn her fourth win of the season for Albertus Magnus. On the opposite end, Troup turned aside 10 shots in a losing effort for Saint Joseph's.

Albertus Magnus returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with a home conference clash against Mount Ida. The Monks hosts GNAC-rival Suffolk University at 3:30 PM on Wednesday.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:46 am

Monks Hold Off Rams, 2-1

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (7-6-0, 4-2-0 GNAC) edged Suffolk University (3-10-0, 2-4-0 GNAC), 2-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Wednesday afternoon.

THE LEAD

The Monks scored both of their goals fairly early in the first half, as freshman Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) netted her third marker of the season at the 16-minute mark and sophomore Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.) potted her third tally of the year 10 minutes later. Both scores were of the unassisted variety.

The Rams cut their deficit in half 3:52 into the second stanza, when sophomore Jennifer Martin (Higganum, Conn.) scored off an Erika Nelson (Peabody, Mass.) feed, but Saint Joseph's withstood the visitors' offensive pressure late to claim the conference triumph.

GOAL HISTORY

1. 16:00 SJMWS15 Colleen Sheehan (unassisted)

Sheehan put the Monks on the board early with a perfectly placed kick from the left about 20 yards out. The shot sailed into the top right of the net, beyond the reach of Suffolk keeper Kirsten Weiker (Durham, N.H.).

2. 26:02 SJMWS15 Sarah Comtois (unassisted)

Comtois scored the first game-winning goal of her career on a scrum near the goalmouth after a corner kick. Senior Whitney White (Salem, N.H.) sent the corner attempt into the heart of the box, finding Comtois who clanged a header off the crossbar, settled the rebound and fought her way to the right post where she chopped a shot to the lower right corner.

3. 48:52 SUF Jennifer Martin Erika Nelson

The Rams tightened the collar on the Monks early in the second frame, as Martin received a lead pass from Nelson and streaked down the left side of the field before unleashing a laser from nearly the same location as Sheehan's strike in the first half. SJC goalkeeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) appeared to have the angle, but the shot found a narrow gap between the Monks' netminder and the left goal post.

NOTABLES

Comtois paced the Monks with four shots, including a pair of headers off the crossbar

Freshman forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) and junior midfielder Desiree Parent (Westborough, Mass.) registered three shots apiece in the victory

For Suffolk, Martin registered four shots with a pair on target, in the setback

THE KEEPERS

For the Monks, Troup made three saves in 55:29 between the pipes and senior Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) went untested in 34:31 of relief.

Weiker tallied four stops for the Rams.

TEAM TOTALS

Saint Joseph's owned leads in both shots (14-8) and corners (5-2) while just three fouls were called – all in the second half – in the contest, with the Monks' being called for a pair of infractions.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 7-1-2 in the history of the matchup with Suffolk University. The Monks and Rams dueled to a 2-2 tie in Boston last season and Suffolk has not defeated St. Joe's since toppling the Royal Blue by a 6-2 margin on September 22nd, 2010.

NEXT!

The Monks close out the season with five-consecutive conference contests, starting with a 1:00 PM home match versus Johnson & Wales University (6-5-1, 4-1-1 GNAC) on Saturday. St. Joe's is 2-2-4 all-time against JWU and suffered a 2-0 setback at the hands of the Wildcats in Providence last fall.

Suffolk looks to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday, when the Rams host crosstown rival Simmons College in a GNAC match slated for a 7:00 PM kick-off.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:45 am

Wildcat Slip Past Monks, 1-0

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (7-7-0, 4-3-0 GNAC) fell to Johnson & Wales University (7-5-1, 5-2-1 GNAC), 1-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Saturday afternoon.

THE LEAD

A goal scored by Johnson & Wales sophomore Kyra Selner (Sterling, Va.) was the only offense produced by either team in the conference contest. Freshman Mallory Buys (Harwinton, Conn.) found Selner unmarked just inside the 18, and the second-year forward completed the play with a strike to the lower left side of the net. St. Joe's sophomore keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) left her post to challenge, but Selner slipped the shot just under the SJC goalie's outstretched arms.

With a season-low six shots in the loss, the Monks had few chances to grab a share of the lead. The hosts' best opportunity came at the 17:42 mark of the first half, when senior Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) clanged a shot off the post.

THE KEEPERS

Troup totaled eight saves in the losing bid for the Monks while senior goalie Alex Place (East Greenwich, R.I.) was forced to make just a pair of stops to post her third shutout of the season.

TEAM TOTALS

Johnson & Wales owned leads in both shots (19-6) and corners (6-0) on the afternoon. A total of 12 fouls were called in the GNAC tilt, with nine being dealt to the Wildcats.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

St. Joe's is now 2-3-4 all-time against JWU and has not scored in either of the past two meetings between the conference counterparts.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's travels to Mount Ida College (2-7-4, 0-5-1 GNAC) for a 12:00 PM GNAC match on Monday.

Johnson & Wales also hits the road for a conference contest on Monday, when the Wildcats play at Suffolk University (3-11-0, 2-5-0 GNAC) in a 6:45 PM kick-off.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:40 am

Monks Saddle Mustangs with Overtime Setback, 3-2

NEWTON, Mass. -- After leading 2-1 over the Monks of Saint Joseph's (Maine) after the first half of action, Mount Ida dropped a 3-2 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tilt.

Both teams exchanged several scoring opportunities throughout the entire game, while St. Joe's outshot Mount Ida 19-13.

With the setback, Mount Ida drops to 2-8-4 (0-6-2 GNAC) while St. Joe's improves to 8-7 (5-3 GNAC).

After nearly a couple early tallies by the hosts, the Monks were able to stave off the hungry Mustangs for the first 25 minutes of the first half. Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) took the ball down the right side of the field to just past the top corner of the eighteen yard box where she fired a ball past the outstretched hands of freshman netminder Kelsey Parkin (Standish, Maine) for the 1-0 Monk lead.

Just under ten minutes later freshman Emily Oltmanns (Golden, Colo.) sent in a corner kick that landed at the feet of sophomore Rachel Lambert (Lebanon, Conn.) who then found teammate Hailey Serino (Northwood, N.H.) for the equalizer, Serino's second goal in as many games, knotting the score at 1-1.

Five minutes later senior forward Izzy Moody (Naugatuck, Conn.) notched her team leading 8th goal of the season off a feed from midfielder Morgan Rzonca (Bristol, Conn.) who then fired a shot past Monk keeper Brook Troup (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) to give the Mustangs the 2-1 edge with ten minutes remaining in the half.

Both teams once again had scoring opportunities arise but the half would end with the Mustangs leading 2-1.

Saint Joseph's came out of the break firing as they outshot the Mustangs 12-2 in the second half of play.

Senior Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) took a feed from fellow Monk Angela Valenti (Litchfield, N.H.) on the left side of the box before firing the ball back post while tying the score at 2-2.

The Monks continued pressuring the Mustang defense but Mount Ida stood tall and preserved the 2-2 tie ending the half and going into overtime.

Three minutes and twenty-four seconds into the overtime period, freshman Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that Parkin got a hand on, but then bounced off the cross bar to the ground and into the goal giving the Monks the 3-2 OT victory, they're 5th GNAC win of the season.

Mount Ida will be back in GNAC action on Saturday when they travel to Boston to take on Emmanuel with kickoff slated for 12:00 PM. St. Joe's will hit the road again to Newton, Massachusetts on Saturday to take on the Lasers of Lasell College with that game set to begin at noon time as well.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:46 am

Lasers Blank Monks, 4-0

NEWTON, Mass.– The Lasell College women's soccer team shut out the Monks of Saint Joseph's College (Maine) 4-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field. With the win, the Lasers continue to lead the conference at 8-0-1 and 9-4-2 overall, while the Monks shift to 5-4 in the GNAC and 8-8 this season.

Senior Leah Suto (Oxford, Conn.) registered her first goal of the season for Lasell, while freshmanCarly Zdanek (Newton, N.J.) and juniors Megan Cullen (Amesbury, Mass.) and Mack Kingman (East Bridgewater, Mass.) teamed up for the remaining tallies.

After 21 minutes of scoreless play, junior Devon Day (Hartsdale, Vt.) lined up for a corner, where Suto took a one-time volley to the bottom left of the Monks' netting to open the scoring. Zdanek bumped the hosts' advantage to two at 33:38, as she fired a long shot from the right flank just past the left side of Monks' sophomore keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.)

The Lasers wasted little time getting on the board in the second half, as Cullen buried a cross from senior midfielder Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham, Mass.). At 77:46, the Lasers looked to grab the third goal of the game when freshman Sabrina Morais (Arlington, Mass.) put a shot on net in a scuffle in the box, but Troup was there to make the save for the Monks. Lasell was relentless in the following plays as Kingman took a long blast from just outside the 18-yard-box to secure the 4-0 win for the hosts.

Sophomore netminder Sarah LaClair (Belchertown, Mass.) registered her sixth shutout of the season alongside four saves on the day, while Troup recorded ten saves in the effort.

The Lasers dominated the shot column 28-6, and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Both teams jump back into GNAC road action on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Lasers will travel to Mount Ida for a local conference rivalry, as the Monks head to Boston, Mass. to face the Saints of Emmanuel College.


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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:20 am

Saints March Past Monks, 3-0

BOSTON, Mass. – For the second consecutive game, senior forward Katelyn Fink (Sanford, Maine) scored two goals, lifting the Emmanuel College women's soccer team past Saint Joseph's College (ME), 3-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening at Roberto Clemente Field. The Saints improve to 10-8 on the year and 8-2 in GNAC play, locking in a first-round home game in next week GNAC Quarterfinals. The loss drops the Monks to 8-9 on the year and 5-5 in the GNAC.

Saint Joseph's had the first great goal-scoring opportunity of the match during the 24th minute of action. Following an Emmanuel foul in the middle of the pitch, senior back Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) almost made the Saints pay in a heads up play. While Emmanuel began to line up a wall, Pollini placed the ball and fired off a deep shot from about 35 yards out that caught the hosts off guard. EC sophomore keeper Victoria LaRoche (Hudson, N.H.) just got her hand on the shot, deflecting it off the top crossbar and back into play. Saint Joseph's senior Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.) had another quality look on the rebound putback but LaRoche made a diving save to her far post to keep the game scoreless.

Later in the half, Fink netted her first goal of the game during the 38th minute of action to put the hosts on top 1-0. Fink dribbled down the left side of the field, beating two Monk defenders before depositing her sixth goal of the year into the upper right corner of the goal to put Emmanuel on top heading into the half.

Fink added her second goal in the 57th minute to give Emmanuel a 2-0 cushion. Junior midfielder Molly Keith (Manchester, N.H.) delivered a pass through traffic to fink Fink before the tri-captain did the hard work to convert her team-leading seventh goal of the campaign.

LaRoche and the Saints defense made the lead hold up, keeping the Monks off the board for the remainder of the contest. The hosts would add another insurance goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation as junior forward Courtney Freadman (Richmond, Mass.) scored her first of the year on a volley following a corner kick taken by senior forward Molly Carey (Swampscott, Mass.).

The Saints dominated both corner kicks and shots in the match, attempting 12 corners compared to zero attempts by the visitors while outshooting the Monks, 22-7.

LaRoche ended the action with two saves to pick up her 10th win and sixth shutout of the year. Saint Joseph's sophomore keeper Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) made nine saves for the Monks.

Emmanuel returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 24 when they head to West Hartford, Conn. to take on University of Saint Joseph at 1:00 PM. A tie would secure the No. 3 seed in next week's GNAC tournament while a win and Johnson & Wales loss would bump the Saints into the No. 2 slot. Saint Joseph's (ME) ends with Norwich University the same day, hosting the Cadets at 3:00 PM.

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Re: Soccer - women 2015: Saint Joseph's College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:49 am

DaGraca Hat Trick Pushes Monks Past Cadets, 3-0

STANDISH, Maine – Freshman forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) provided all the offense to lift Saint Joseph's College (9-9-0, 6-5-0 GNAC) past Norwich University (3-11-1, 1-8-1 GNAC), 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Saturday afternoon.

THE LEAD

Saint Joseph's maintained control throughout the game, but held just a 1-0 edge at halftime despite holding a 15-3 shots advantage in the opening frame. The Monks continued to pressure the Cadets in the second stanza and the effort paid off when DaGraca netted a pair of goals in a matter three minutes and 10 seconds, midway through the period, to account for the 3-0 final.

GOAL HISTORY

1. 26:46 SJMWS15 Haley DaGraca Sarah Comtois

The Monks recorded numerous scoring chances early, including a pair of shots that found metal, and finally found the back of the net in the 27th minute. Setting up the play was sophomore midfielder Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.), who took charge on a loose ball and launched a perfect left-to-right cross to DaGraca, who was running towards the right post and one-timed a header into the right side of the net.

2. 53:55 SJMWS15 Haley DaGraca Hannah LeBlanc

DaGraca struck for her second tally of the chilly afternoon on a play that was nearly an exact mirror image of her first marker. Senior forward Hannah LeBlanc (Andover, Mass.), who ran down the right side of the pitch with the ball, engineered the score with a long pass from near the end line, finding DaGraca who finished the play with another one-timed header.

3. 57:05 SJMWS15 Haley DaGraca Hannah LeBlanc

The LeBlanc – DaGraca duo hooked up again just over three minutes later, as the senior fed the freshman with a bounding lead pass just inside the box. DaGraca played the ball with a header down to her feet, alluding two defenders in the process, to create a 1v1 with Norwich junior keeper Holly Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) and beat the opposing netminder with a tap into the lower left corner.

THE KEEPERS

For Saint Joseph's, senior Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) recorded three stops in 72:41 between the pipes and sophomore Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) went untested in 17:19 of work. Cunha started the contest and replaced Troup, who began the second half in goal, at the 62:19 mark.

Lutz made 10 saves in a losing effort for the Cadets.

SENIOR MOMENT

Prior to the start of this afternoon's contest, the women's soccer program held a brief Senior Day Ceremony to honor the team's six seniors: Cunha, LeBlanc, Stacy Anuszewski (Clarksboro, N.J.), Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Bria Prophete (Saugus, Mass.) and Whitney White (Salem, N.H.). The women's soccer Class of 2016 has helped the Monks post a 40-27-7 (.597) overall record with a 24-16-5 (.600) mark in GNAC play over the past four seasons.

TEAM STATS

Saint Joseph's held considerable advantages in shots (27-5) and corner kicks (4-0) while being called for eight fouls in the victory. Norwich was hit with three infractions on the afternoon.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 5-2-2 in the history of the series with Norwich University and has now defeated the Cadets in four-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2012 campaign. The Monks blanked the Cadets by the same 3-0 score in Northfield, Vermont last fall and have not allowed a goal to their conference counterparts since the sides battled to a 1-1 stalemate on September 10th, 2011.

NEXT!

The Monks kick off GNAC Tournament play with a quarterfinal contest (opponent TBD) next Saturday. Norwich completes the 2015 schedule with a GNAC match at Anna Maria College (4:00 PM) on Tuesday.

The GNAC Tournament bracket will be announced in the coming days.

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