Saint Joseph’s Stumps Rivier on Senior Day, 16-4

Saint Joseph’s Stumps Rivier on Senior Day, 16-4

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (9-6, 7-3 GNAC) coasted past Rivier University (3-11, 2-8 GNAC), 16-4, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's lacrosse matchup on Friday afternoon at the SJC Athletics Complex.


The Monks opened the gates early with four unanswered goals in the first 8:07 of play. Sophomore Lydia Dexter (Oakland, Maine) hit pay-dirt twice in the early run and senior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) netted three goals in the first half to help the hosts claim an 8-2 lead heading into intermission.

Junior Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) and sophomore Josie Ring (Newfield, Maine) scored in the first five minutes of the second stanza to lift the Royal Blue to a 10-2 cushion. The Raiders showed signs of life with goals from Amy Eacho (Kingston, N.H.) and Marin Owens (Brookline, N.H.) over a four-minute span, but the Monks closed out the contest with six-consecutive goals to account for the 16-4 final.


Prior to the start of the contest Saint Joseph's held a brief ceremony to honor the program's three seniors: Kayla Kelly, Kara Kelly (York, Maine), and Brittney Arsenault (Westbrook, Maine). During their time on the turf, this senior trio has helped the Monks post a 49-19 (.721) overall record, including a 31-7 (.816) mark in GNAC play, with three conference tournament appearances.


Saint Joseph's freshman Madelyn Nelson (Casco, Maine) turned away seven of the 11 shots she faced in the victory while her counterpart, Rivier senior Courtney Laperriere (Keene, N.H.), made 13 saves in the losing effort.


Saint Joseph's held the lead in turnovers (18-31), draw controls (13-10), shots (38-17) and ground balls (44-27).


  • Kayla Kelly led the way with four goals, eight ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers
  • Ring contributed with three goals on only three shots
  • Dexter added a pair of goals, an assist, four ground balls and two draw controls
  • Beaulieu notched two goals, five assists, two ground balls and a draw control


  • Owens had a goal and an assist with three ground balls, six draw controls and a caused turnover
  • Senior Ashley Leal (Tyngsboro, Mass.) chipped in with a goal, an assist, two draw controls and a ground ball
  • Eacho produced a goal and five ground balls


Saint Joseph's is now 9-2 all-time versus Rivier University has defeated the Raiders in eight-consecutive contests tracking back to 2012.


Saint Joseph's will host Lasell College in a conference matchup to complete their regular season on April 24th. Opening face-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at