HOW IT HAPPENED:
Saint Joseph's nearly doubled their lead in the 24th minute, when the Monks were awarded a penalty kick after the Wildcats were slapped with a handball infraction inside the box. Junior Dalton Gaumer (Corona, Calif.), who entered the game 4-4 in his career on PK attempts, let fly a kick towards the left corner, but JWU senior keeper Nicholas Mancini (Toms River, N.J.) made a diving stop to preserve his team's one-goal deficit.
SJC junior goalie Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) made three saves to record the 18th shutout of his NCAA career while Mancini recorded five stops in a losing bid.
The conference counterparts were very even on the stat sheet, with the Monks holding slight advantages in shots (8-7) and shots on goal (6-3) and both teams taking four corner kicks as well as being hit with 12 fouls apiece.
With the triumph, Saint Joseph's improves to 9-7 in the history of the series with Johnson & Wales University and has now defeated the Wildcats in consecutive meetings after dropping five straight versus the GNAC rival from 2012 to 2015.
The Monks will host UMaine-Farmington Wednesday in a non-conference contest slated to start at 8:00 PM at Deering Memorial Stadium in Portland.
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.