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STANDISH, Maine – Senior Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) scored in the 53rd minute to help lift Saint Joseph's College (13-5, 6-1 GNAC) past Plymouth State University (11-5, 8-3 LEC), 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a scoreless first half during which neither team recorded a true scoring opportunity, the Monks came out firing to the tune of a 12-5 shots advantage. Applying pressure in the offensive end, junior Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls, Maine) found Winslow, who was unmarked in the middle of the circle and drove a shot past Plymouth State keeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
SJC junior goalie Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) made a pair of saves to notch her sixth shutout of the year and 19th of her collegiate career. Bates played well with nine saves in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (14-8) and shots on goal (11-2) while Plymouth State posted a 7-6 edge in penalty corners on the afternoon.
With the win Saint Joseph's improves to 5-4 all-time versus Plymouth State University and avenges a 2016 setback at the hands of the Panthers by the same 1-0 score.
Saint Joseph's caps the 2017 regular season with today's contest and, as the #2 seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, has earned a first-round bye. Next Wednesday, the Monks will host the winner of the #6 Anna Maria College / #3 Simmons College quarterfinal, start time TBD.
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.