STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (9-1, 3-0 GNAC) cruised past Salem State University (0-7, 0-4 LEC), 9-0, in a non-conference field hockey contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Monday night.
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Saint Joseph's broke the game open with four goals in a matter of nine minutes, as Rutledge hit pay dirt twice and Pomerleau and senior Samantha Silva (Laconia, N.H.) both scored to make it a 4-0 game with just over 16 minutes left in the first half.
The Monks continued to apply pressure in the second frame, as senior Kayla Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine) and Pomerleau struck in the first four minutes of the latter stanza to make it a 6-0 contest.
Sophomore Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) and Pomerleau scored two minutes apart, in the 47th and 49th minutes, respectively, and sophomore Bailey Wood (Waterford, Maine) scored her first career goal at the 51:25 mark to cap the game scoring.
Saint Joseph's netminders Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine), Izzy Anton (Mount Vernon, N.H.), and Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) all saw time, without facing a shot, in the victory. Salem State split time in goal, as freshman Kaitlyn O'Shea (Ledgewood, N.J.) and first-year Kelli McCarthy (Foxborough, Mass.) made 11 saves apiece.
Saint Joseph's held considerable advantages in shots (46-0), shots on goal (31-0), and penalty corners (33-1) in the lopsided victory.
With 33 corners in tonight's win, the Monks set a new team single-game record – the previous mark was 26, set in a victory over Rivier University on September 28th, 2013.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 9-1 in the history of the series with Salem State University and has now defeated the Vikings in seven-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2012 season.
Saint Joseph's will play at University of Southern Maine on Thursday at 7:00 PM.