BOSTON, Mass. – In a rematch of the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Field Hockey Championship, Saint Joseph's College (9-4, 5-1 GNAC) edged Simmons College (9-5, 5-1 GNAC), 2-1, on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks scored midway through the first half when junior midfielder Kara Kelly (York, Maine) picked up a loose ball and deposited a shot inside the left post. Saint Joseph's doubled the advantage at the 52:41 mark when sophomore forward Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) corralled a rebound and fired a shot inside the left post.
The Sharks countered less than two minutes later when junior forward Missie Maiewski (Northampton, Mass.) sent the insert cross on a penalty corner to a waiting Meghan Fontaine (Westminster, Mass.) at the top of the circle. Fontaine ripped a shot that was deflected high into the air and over junior keeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) to make it a 2-1 game with 15:37 left.
Baker made one save to improve to 9-4 on the season while Simmons freshman keeper Lucy McNamara (Brewster, Mass.) posted eight stops in a losing effort.
In the closing minutes, Simmons first year defender Abigail Anderson (South Yarmouth, Mass.) tallied a pair of defensive saves, denying Pomerleau on consecutive attempts.
Saint Joseph's held a 13-5 advantage in shots with a 10-2 lead in shots on goal while Simmons maintained a 5-3 edge in penalty corners.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 17-8 all-time versus Simmons College and has now defeated the Sharks in three-consecutive meetings.
The Monks are back in action Tuesday night with a non-conference game at Salem State University starting at 7:00 PM.
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.