Monks' Second Half Rally Yields Victory

PORTLAND, ME - Saint Joseph's (3-2, 0-1 GNAC) trailed Husson University (0-3) 10-6 at halftime, but outscored the visitors 13-7 in the second stanza, and 6-3 in last 11 minutes, to clinch a 19-17 victory on Wednesday evening at Deering Memorial Field. Alyssa Marchant '11 (Wakefield, MA) scored a program-record seven goals, five after the intermission, in the win and Lauren Hagerman '10 (Scarborough, ME) added four goals and three assists for St. Joe's.

The game featured three lead changes and the score was tied on seven occasions, with the final stalemate coming 22 seconds before Vanessa Brooks '10 (Bath, ME) notched the game winner with 11:03 remaining. The 36 goals scored by the two teams stands as a new Saint Joseph's single-game record.

St. Joe's held a 3-1 lead after Lilly Rodden '11 (Lebanon, ME) scored her first goal of the season with 24:29 to go in the first half. Husson countered with three goals, two from Kaylee Godan '11 (Old Orchard Beach, ME), in the subsequent five minutes to take a 4-3 lead. Jaimee Brett '10 (Otisfield, ME) notched a goal 28 seconds later to knot the game at four apiece and the game remained tied with 12:46 before the break after Husson's Rebecca Hatin '10 (Jeffersonville, VT) and Marchant traded tallies 11 seconds apart.

The Eagles offense came alive in the final 10 minutes of the opening half to score five straight goals, two from Caitlyn Butterfield '11 (Gorham, ME), and gain their largest lead of the game, 10-5. Brett cut the deficit to four goals with her second marker of the game to cap the first half scoring with the visitors holding a 10-6 advantage.

The SJC comeback effort was realized after the Lady Monks outscored the Eagles 6-2 in the first 15:20 of the second stanza, with the final goal coming from Marchant to knot the game at 12 apiece. The teams swapped scores twice in the next three minutes before Brooks netted the eventual game-winning goal to put the hosts up 15-14 with 11:03 left to play.

A goal from Hagerman 21 seconds after the Brooks tally provided the Lady Monks with some necessary breathing room. Eagles attacker Ashley Cyr '11 (Madawaska, ME) placed two shots past SJC keeper Taylor Allison '12 (Pawtucket, RI), the last of which coming at the 5:49 mark, to offset Marchant's sixth goal of the game, scored with 6:36 remaining, to bring her team within one marker of tying the game on both occasions.

Lizzie Farley '11 (Scarborough, ME) and Marchant wrapped up the SJC scoring and gave the Royal Blue a three-goal cushion, 19-16, before Caitlin Ramsey '10 (Berlin, NH) managed to score with 19 seconds remaining, making the final score 19-17, Saint Joseph's.

For St. Joe's, Brooks tallied two goals and two assists, Farley and Brett both added two goals and Rodden chipped in with a goal and an assist. Megan Cutter '12 (Westbrook, ME) scored her second goal of the season and Allison made 14 saves between the pipes in the victory.

For Husson, Bradford notched four goals and a pair of helpers, Cyr scored four goals and Ramsey added three scores. Godan and Butterfield both scored twice and Eagles goalkeeper Nikki Burns '11 (South Berwick, ME) made four stops in net in the losing effort.

Saint Joseph's will travel to Northfield, VT on Friday to take on GNAC opponent Norwich University in a 4:00 PM start. Husson is set to host Regis College in a 3:00 PM start on Saturday.