NEWTON, MA - Jennifer Keaney '13 (Scituate, MA) scored a pair of first-half goals and Katherine Chambers '13 (Hampden, ME) added a goal in the 65th minute to help the Monks (7-3-1, 7-0-1 GNAC) defeat Lasell College (5-3-2, 4-1-2), 3-1, in a battle featuring the two remaining undefeated teams in conference play on Monday.
Keaney scored the first of two goals just nine minutes into the contest receiving a leading ball from Jessica Needham (E. Bridgewater, MA). Keaney dribbled past a Lasell defender taking an open shot from right inside the eighteen.
Keaney then attacked again at 21:28, upping the visitors lead to 2-0. Anna Willis (Gorham, ME) set up the play, forcing a 50/50 ball with Lasell's goalkeeper Elizabeth Stickley (Mashpee, MA). Willis won the challenge, dropping a short pass just left of Stickley to Keaney, who struck from within the goal box.
Lasell closed the gap with a rocket from Olivia Tsakiris (Killingly, CT) from over twenty yards out in the 32nd minute. Alaina Mitrano (Medford, MA) delivered the assist off a corner kick to Tsakiris who sailed the ball high out of reach of Katye Mayo (Fairfield, ME) in the Monks net.
Saint Joseph's was awarded late chance to push further ahead with a free kick from just outside the penalty box with less than five minutes remaining in the stanza. Elizabeth Theberge (Danvers, MA) took the direct shot, however, Stickley punched the ball out of play to protect the net. The Lasers remained in a 2-1 deficit through the halftime.
The Monks' final mark came, at 64:24, when Chambers controlled a loose ball in front of Lasell's goal and shot high to the upper left corner of the net, making the score 3-1. The Lasers played hard throughout the final minutes, with 16 total shot opportunities in the game, but did not connect again.
Stickley and Mayo each controlled and refuted six shots in their respective nets.
The Lasers are back in action on Saturday, October 17th during Family, Friends, and Alumni weekend, at Lasell College. The Lasers will face off against GNAC foes Norwich College at noon, on Taylor Field.
Saint Joseph's will play at Thomas College on Wednesday at 3:30 PM.
COURTESY OF LASELL COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION
St. Joseph's (Me.) (7-3-1) vs. Lasell (5-3-2)
Date: Oct 12, 2009 Attendance: 251
Weather: Sunny and brisk
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
St. Joseph's (Me.).. 2 1 - 3
Lasell.............. 1 0 - 1
1. 8:12 SJMWS Jennifer Keaney (Jessica Needham) - dribbled past defender for shot inside the 18
2. 21:28 SJMWS Jennifer Keaney (Anna Willis) - knocked ball past goalie to the shot inside the 6
3. 31:06 LAS Olivia Tsakiris (Alaina Mitrano) - pass of the corner bullet from 22 yards out on the right
4. 64:24 SJMWS Katherine Chambers (unassisted) - scramble in front of the net high shot to upper corner
Shots: St. Joseph's (Me.) 19, Lasell 16
Saves: St. Joseph's (Me.) 6 (Katye Mayo 6), Lasell 6 (Elizabeth