STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (9-3, 5-2 GNAC) edged Mount Ida College (10-2, 6-1 GNAC), 9-7, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's lacrosse contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks held a 5-3 lead at halftime and a 7-6 advantage after junior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) scored her second goal of the game with 14:03 left in the second stanza. Junior Samantha Medlin (Kingston, Mass.) assisted on a goal from sophomore Madison Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) at the 13:25 mark and netted one herself 44 seconds later to put the game out of reach and hand the Mustangs their first conference setback of the season.
SJC sophomore goalie Kaylin Mansir (West Gardiner, Maine) made six saves to pick up the victory while Mount Ida senior netminder Eleanor Garvey (Eldridge, Md.) stopped eight shots in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held the lead in shots (25-23), draw controls (25-23), and ground balls (24-19) in the triumph.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Junior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) tallied three goals, three ground balls, seven draw controls, and two caused turnovers
- Senior Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) contributed three goals – including the 250th of her career - with two ground balls, two draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers
- Medlin added a goal and an assist with a game-high six ground balls
- Junior Brittney Arsenault (Westbrook, Maine) picked up five ground balls with a pair of caused turnovers
- Beaulieu netted a pair of goals
LEADERS – MOUNT IDA:
- Junior Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) netted five goals with two ground balls
- Scahill scored two goals – including the 100th of her career - with an assist, four draw controls, and a pair of ground balls
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 8-1 in the history of the series with Mount Ida College and has now defeated the Mustangs in seven-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2012 campaign.
Prior to the start of the contest, Saint Joseph's held a brief ceremony to honor the program's three seniors: Caiazzo, Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine), and Emily Manning (Charlestown, R.I.). The trio has helped the Monks post a 55-12 (.820) overall record - including a 31-3 (.911) mark in GNAC play - with a GNAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance during their time on the field.
Saint Joseph's will host conference-rival Emmanuel College on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.