STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Rupert Lewis has announced the women's lacrosse recruiting Class of 2022.
Lewis guided the Monks to an 11-5 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in GNAC play, last spring. As the #5 seed in the GNAC Tournament, the Monks suffered a season-ending 9-6 loss at the hands of the #4 Regis (Mass.) on Saturday, April 28th.
St. Joe's graduated three seniors from last year's team, as Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus), Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine), and Emily Manning (Charlestown, R.I.) departed after leading the Royal Blue to a 57-14 (.803) overall record, including a stellar 33-4 (.892) mark versus conference foes, during their time on the turf.
All three players will certainly be missed, but perhaps the most difficult player to replace will be Caiazzo, who left the program as the owner of 14 team records, including the top marks for career goals (263), points (319), and free-position goals (51). The four-time First Team All-Conference honoree is the only SJC women's lacrosse player to reach the 300-point plateau and just the fifth in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) history to hit the landmark.
Defensive stalwarts Maloney – a two-time First Team All-GNAC selection - and Manning combined to start 88 games for the Monks over the last four seasons.
The incoming class features five players from three different with one attacker, two midfielders, one defender, and one goalkeeper making their way to the Shores of Sebago.
"I'm looking forward to working with this freshman class," adds Coach Lewis. "We have some big shoes to fill after graduating three experienced players and we're hopeful that the newcomers can contribute immediately."
Gorham, Maine / Gorham High School
Why Saint Joseph's? I chose Saint Josephs because of the community and the great opportunities.
High School: Played lacrosse and field hockey at Gorham High School.
Community Service: Served over 100 hours in community service, volunteering at Youth Field Hockey camp.
Personal: Molly Kate Barr, daughter of Don and Kelly Barr...has three siblings: Avery, Sam and Anna Barr
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because of my major, the location of the school and the athletics.
High School: Participated in field hockey, indoor track, and lacrosse at Massabesic High School…Earned First Team All-State honors…Helped her team win the field hockey regional championship and the lacrosse regional and state championships…Academically, listed on the Honor Roll, a National Honors Society member, and All Academic honoree…Played club for Maine Styx, Maineiax Lacrosse, Costal Field Hockey, and Maine Lacrosse Team.
Community Service: Served over 100 hours of community service.
Personal: Logan Rae Champlin, daughter of Jason and Ronni Champlin…Has two siblings: Jonathan and Camryn Champlin.
Why Saint Joseph's? I have decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because of its close community feel, its strong science programs, and its strong athletic programs.
High School: Played soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and Nordic at Moultonborough Academy…Garnered All-Conference, All-State, Coaches' Award, Players' Choice, NHIAA Sportsmanship, and NHIAA Scholar Athlete honors…Academically, listed on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll, member of the National Honor Society, claimed the Math Achievement Award, Science Achievement Award, National Latin Exam Achievement Award, and Foods and Nutrition Achievement Award.
Community Service: Mentor, Key Club, environmental cleanups, Dump Day, soup kitchen, Reach The Beach Relay
Personal: Taylor King Colby, daughter of Bonnie and Steve Colby…Sister to Megan and Madison Colby.
Why Saint Joseph's? I wanted the small school feel and thought it was a good fit for me.
High School: Played lacrosse at Waltham Senior High School…Earned the Coaches' Award…Listed on the academic Honor Roll.
Community Service: Helped out at my church, coached youth basketball, and volunteered for special surfers
Personal: Kaitlyn Eva Kiernan, daughter of Kathleen and Matthew Kiernan…Has two brothers, Riley and Colin.
Why Saint Joseph's? The amazing things I've heard about the nursing program, and the small campus!
High School: Played lacrosse and field hockey at Lake Region High School…Earned All-Academic honors and a member of the National Honor Society…Also played club field hockey for Maine Styx.
Community Service: Youth coach volunteer for field hockey and lacrosse programs
Personal: Madelyn Mattea-Rose Nelson, daughter of Jessica and Travis Nelson…Sister to Benjamin and Nicholas.