STANDISH, Maine – Freshman Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) scored three goals to help lift Saint Joseph's College (6-5, 3-1 GNAC) past Simmons College (7-5, 3-1 GNAC), 3-0, in a rematch of the 2015 GNAC Championship game at Mercy Field on Saturday.
Pomerleau put the hosts on the board in the eighth minute when the freshman standout scored during a scrum in the goalmouth following a penalty corner. The 1-0 edge remained until the 47:25 mark when the first-year forward deflected a shot taken by junior Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus). Less than four minutes later, Pomerleau struck again with a tally off a left-to-right cross from sophomore Kara Kelly (York, Maine) to account for the 3-0 final.
The Sharks had their best scoring opportunity – actually, opportunities – off a penalty corner in the 66th minute, when the visitors rattled off four close-range shots in a span of five seconds. St. Joe's sophomore defender Meghan Burke (Falmouth, Mass.) made a great defensive save on an attempt by junior Sammy Rondeau (Franklin, Mass.) and second-year keeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) recorded three rapid-fire saves to keep the Sharks off the board.
Baker capped the day with seven saves to collect her second-consecutive shutout while her counterpart, Simmons senior Brianna Rastello (Salem, N.H.), did not make a save in a losing effort. Sophomore Ana Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) registered a defensive save in the setback.
Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (10-6) and penalty corners (13-3) while Simmons owned an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal in the conference contest.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 15-8 all-time versus Simmons College, a team that tipped the Monks by a 1-0 score in the GNAC Championship game last fall. The shutout victory over the Sharks is the Monks' first since 2012.
Saint Joseph's travels to UMass.-Dartmouth on Monday for a 1:00 PM start versus the Corsairs while Simmons returns to action at Mount Holyoke College for a 7:00 PM start on Wednesday.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.