STANDISH, Maine – Junior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) scored three goals and sophomore Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) tallied two goals and two assists to help lead Saint Joseph's College (12-4, 6-1 GNAC) past Anna Maria College (5-13, 2-5 GNAC), 7-0, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) field hockey action at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Saint Joseph's clinches the second seed, and a first-round bye, in the GNAC Tournament, which begins with a quarterfinal round next Saturday. The Monks will host the winner of the #3 Simmons College / #6 Anna Maria College quarterfinal contest, which will be played at Daly Field in Boston at 11:00 AM on Saturday, on Wednesday, November 1st.
Prior to the start of the contest, the SJC field hockey program held a brief ceremony to honor the team's two seniors: Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) and Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus). This duo has helped Saint Joseph's post a 52-21 (..712) overall record, including a 22-3 (.880) mark in conference play, with a GNAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament victory over the last four years.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks scored early and often in the blowout victory, as Pomerleau netted a pair in the first eight minutes while Kelly and junior Samantha Silva (Laconia, N.H.) both hit pay dirt in the first half to lift the hosts to a 4-0 cushion at the break.
Early in the second stanza, Kelly completed the hat trick with two goals in a matter of one minute and 31 seconds, first at the 41:19 mark and again at 42:50, to extend the Monks' lead to 6-0. Junior Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls, Maine) capped the scoring with a hard shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner attempt in the 45th minute. Winslow was credited with an assist on the play.
Junior Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) was untested in 42:40 minutes while sophomore Kaylin Mansir (West Gardiner, Maine) posted a pair of stops in 27:20 minutes of relief. AMCATS senior netminder Bryanna Tobin (Deep River, Conn.) registered 13 saves in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's posted considerable leads in shots (34-2), shots on goal (21-2), and corners (16-2) on the afternoon.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 13-3 in the history of the series with Anna Maria College and has now defeated the AMCATS in four-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2015 campaign.
Saint Joseph's is back in action Monday with a non-conference contest versus Southern Maine. The game will be played at the SJC Athletics Complex at 3:00 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.