Monks Soar Past Hawks in Opener, 18-10

PORTLAND, ME - The Saint Joseph's (1-0) women's lacrosse team earned an 18-10 opening-night victory over Becker College (1-2) on Wednesday evening. Lauren Hagerman '10 (Scarborough, ME) started off her junior campaign with a career-high five goal performance and added three assists in the win.

St. Joe's opened the game by scoring five straight goals before Becker College answered with a tally from Nicole Lijana ‘12 (Moorestown, NJ), who found the back of the net five times for the Hawks in defeat.

The Lady Monks led 14-4 at halftime and 18-6 after Vanessa Brooks ‘10 (Bath, ME) scored her third goal of the game with 12:21 remaining. The Hawks answered by scoring four unanswered goals to close out the game to account for the 18-10 final.

Lizzie Farley ‘11 (Scarborough, ME) notched three goals and two assists and Brooks and Amelia Santos ‘12 (Beverly, MA), in her first collegiate action, both chipped in with hat-trick efforts. Alyssa Marchant ‘11 (Wakefield, MA) and Jaimee Brett ‘10 (Otisfield, ME) added two goals and an assist apiece and goalkeeper Taylor Allison ‘12 (Pawtucket, RI) made 12 saves in net for the Lady Monks. Hagerman added six draw controls and four groundballs, both game-highs, in the triumph.

Morgan Hazen ‘12 (Woodstock, VT) tallied a pair of goals for Becker, while Tammy Mullen ‘11 (Pottstown, PA), Kristina Leeman ‘09 (Georgetown, MA) and Renee Landry ‘10 (Acton, ME) netted a goal each in the losing effort. Hawks goalkeeper Alena Phongsa ‘11 (Putnam, CT) made 12 saves between the pipes.

Saint Joseph's will host non-conference opponent Thomas College on Wednesday, March 25 at Deering Memorial Field in Portland, ME. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 6:15 PM.