STANDISH, Maine - In the second installment of our "Looking Back" series we will turn our focus to the Monks' student-athletes and their achievements in the classroom.

Four individuals highlight the academic excellence displayed by SJC athletes last year: baseball senior Jared Gagne (Dover, N.H.), women's soccer senior forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine), and basketball seniors Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) – as each student-athlete garnered national recognition for their work in the classroom.

Gagne was named as a Google Cloud Second Team Academic All-American, DaGraca earned United Soccer Coaches Third Team Scholar All-America honors, and basketball seniors Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Darian Berry (Rochester, N.H.) claimed Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America accolades.

Five teams collected recognition from their respective organizations for academic prowess and an SJC record 115 athletes earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Academic accolades – the highest total in the league this year.


Over the coming weeks we will be looking back at incredible academic year that was 2018-19. Collectively last year, Saint Joseph's won four GNAC Championships with five NCAA Tournament appearances and an overall record of 180-83 (.684) and 86-30 (.741) mark in conference play. The Monks' 354 athletes combined to earn nearly 460 individual accolades and, statistically speaking, five Saint Joseph's College teams and 17 individual athletes finished in the top 25 in various NCAA stat categories for their respective sports. Two teams - men's soccer and women's basketball - were nationally ranked virtually all season and both reached the top 10 in the polls while two other programs - field hockey and baseball - received votes in the national rankings. We'll recap it all for the Royal Blue Faithful with similar style announcements, so stay tuned!







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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu.