STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College women's basketball Head Coach Mike McDevitt '83 has announced that seniors Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.), Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine), Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine), and Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) have been named as team captains for the upcoming season.
To say that all four players have played a major role in helping the Monks claim three-consecutive conference championships is an understatement, as the quartet has scored a total of 3,727 points over the last three seasons. The Monks have posted an incredible 74-13 (.851) overall record, including a 41-2 (.953) mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.
During the seniors' time on the court, Saint Joseph's has the fifth-most wins and the eighth-highest winning percentage in all of NCAA DIII Women's Basketball.
Under the guidance of McDevitt last winter, Saint Joseph's posted a 28-2 overall record with a 16-0 mark in GNAC play last season en route to earning the top seed in the conference tournament for the third-consecutive season. The Monks toppled Suffolk University, 73-59, in the GNAC Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on February 24th and, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, drew Little East Conference Champion UMass.-Boston. Trailing by 13 at halftime, St. Joe's rallied to defeat the Beacons, 61-56, and claim the first NCAA tourney triumph in program history.
Saint Joseph's faced off against reigning National Champion Amherst College - on their home court - in second round action the following day. In a game featuring six lead changes and five tie scores, the Monks pushed the Mammoths to the edge but eventually fell, 53-47, to a team that went on to defend their national crown and extend their winning streak to 66 games in the process.
The Monks open the 2018-19 campaign with a pair of games in the Curry College Tip-Off Tournament as they face Eastern Nazarene on Friday, November 9th at 7:00 PM and either Curry or Framingham State on Saturday, November 10th.