Pomerleau Named All-American, Rutledge Listed on All-Rookie Team

Pomerleau Named All-American, Rutledge Listed on All-Rookie Team

STANDISH, Maine – A pair of Saint Joseph's College field hockey standouts have earned Synapse Sports postseason accolades. Junior forward Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) has garnered Third Team All-America honors and freshman forward Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) is listed on the All-Rookie Team.

Pomerleau becomes the second player in the 24-year history of the SJC field hockey program to claim All-America honors after scoring 20 goals with six assists for 46 total points during her junior season. The two-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Offensive Player of the Year honoree broke the Monks' career goals record with her 58th strike in the GNAC Championship victory over Lasell College on November 4th and, with 21 assists to her credit, has tallied 137 points – the second-highest total in team history – in just 63 career games.

Former Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Meaghan Johnson '12, who collected National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Third Team All-America honors during her senior season, was the first SJC player to earn national acclaim.

Rutledge, the 2018 GNAC Rookie of the Year, is listed on the national All-Rookie Team after scoring 18 goals with 15 assists for 51 total points during her first collegiate campaign. She tied the Monks' single-season assists record this fall and recorded the second-highest single-season point total in team history as a freshman.

Rutledge is the second SJC player to earn Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team honors. Pomerleau, who earned the honor in 2016, was the first.

Led by 14th-year Head Coach Rupert Lewis, Saint Joseph's posted perhaps the finest season in program history this fall. With a 19-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark in GNAC play, the Monks claimed their third-consecutive GNAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in as many years. Playing at Endicott College in the first round, the Monks suffered a 3-1 season-ending loss.

The 2018 team set new SJC single-season records for wins, goals (95), assists (76), points (266), shots (487), shutouts (13), and goals-against average (0.66) and finished the year as the NCAA DIII leader in assists per game (3.57), penalty corners per game (14.10), points per game (12.62), and scoring margin (3.81). St Joe's also ranked third in the country in goals per game (4.52) and scoring average (4.47), fourth in winning percentage (.905), eighth in save percentage (.841), and ninth in goals-against average (0.66).




All-America: First Team

Lori Berger, Trinity

Erin Coverdale, Franklin & Marshall

Issy Del Priore, Tufts

Monica Feeley, Vassar

Rachel Galante, Rowan

Amber Haslett, Montclair State

Grace Hillman, Johns Hopkins

Jillian Hughes, Salisbury

Grace Jennings, Middlebury

Julie Johnson, Rowan

Michelle Kabaria, Denison

Shayna Landis, Messiah

Erin Nicholas, Middlebury

Kayla Peterson, TCNJ

Chandler Solimine, Trinity

Ashley Tango, Babson


All-America: Second Team

Marissa Baker, Middlebury

Nancy Bansbach, Rochester

Kersey Bouley, Univ. of New England

Rachel Buyan, Washington & Jefferson

Elizabeth Dolan, Williams

Lauren Drakeley, Babson

Kara Finnerty, Bowdoin

Michaela Giuttari, Hamilton

Kristen McCarthy, Endicott

Brittan Muir, Christopher Newport

Sidney Padilla, TCNJ

Greta Plappert, York

Ilianna Santangelo, Franklin & Marshall

Bridget Sherry, Ursinus

Nicole Simpao, Lynchburg

Shannon Tierney, Amherst


All-America: Third Team

Nina Bruno, Keene State

Megan Caveny, Vassar

Beatrice Chaudoin, Smith

Ashley Cody, Salve Regina

Marissa Folts, Skidmore

Jessica Gibaldi, Cortland

Devon Goetz, MIT

Rena Israel, Washington & Jefferson

Kezia Loht, Messiah

Katie McErlean, Johns Hopkins

Hailey Mules, Rhodes

Libby Pomerleau, Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Sydney Poulin, Endicott

Brianna Socker, St. John Fisher

Gianna Tutoni, Tufts

Barbara Welling, Ohio Wesleyan


All-Rookie Team

Jessica Ascencao, New Paltz

Kyra Ashe, Springfield

Abby Birk, Johns Hopkins

Lauren Cammarata, TCNJ

Kristiina Castagnola, Rowan

Tara Flavin, Salisbury

Bridget Guinan, Rowan

Krystyna Hovell, Rowan

Megan McPike, Concordia

Sydney Poulin, Endicott

Emma Rutledge, Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Manveer Sandhu, Bowdoin

Andie Stallman, Tufts

Amanda Strenk, Rochester

Barbara Welling, Ohio Wesleyan

Addi Williams, Endicott


Defensive Player of the Year: Monica Feeley, Vassar

Offensive Player of the Year: Rachel Galante, Rowan

Rookie of the Year: Sydney Poulin, Endicott

Coach of the Year: Michelle Andre, Rowan




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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.