Saint Joseph’s Tops Colby-Sawyer, 4-1

Saint Joseph’s Tops Colby-Sawyer, 4-1

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (12-2-0, 9-2-0 GNAC) defeated Colby-Sawyer College (6-7-0, 6-5-0 GNAC), 4-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's soccer contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday evening.


Senior Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) notched a goal and an assist and Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine), McKenzie Murphy (West Baldwin, Maine), and Emily Thornton (Westbrook, Maine) scored a goal apiece to help the Monks win their fifth-consecutive contest.


Saint Joseph's claimed an early lead when DaGraca netted her 15th goal of the season, off a Sheehan feed, in the 11th minute and the 1-0 edge remained until the 50:33 mark, when Murphy potted her third marker of the year.

The Monks received goals from Sheehan, assisted by Madeline Wood (Madison, Maine), and Thornton, off a Hannah Butler (Melrose, Mass.) pass, seven minutes apart midway through the second stanza to collect a 4-0 cushion.

Colby-Sawyer junior Sam Mitchell (Chester, N.H.) closed out the game with a strike off an Abbie Sansoucy (Douglas, Mass.) dish at the 87:11 mark.


Saint Joseph's freshman Adia Grogan (Kennebunk, Maine) picked up the win after stopping all seven shots she faced over 82 minutes and junior Cori Balam (Lyndeborough, N.H.) allowed a goal and made a pair of saves in eight minutes of relief.

Colby-Sawyer senior Oona Bond (Southborough, Mass.) yielded four goals and made five saves in the loss.


Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots (21-10) and corner kicks (7-1) while both teams steered 10 shots on target in the conference contest.


Saint Joseph's is now 3-3-1 all-time versus Colby-Sawyer College, which is a new member of the GNAC this fall. The previous meeting between the Monks and Chargers took place on October 8th, 2003 when CSC edged SJC, 1-0, in Standish.


Both teams resume play Saturday, when Saint Joseph's hosts Albertus Magnus College in a 12:00 PM conference contest and Colby-Sawyer hosts GNAC-rival Anna Maria College at 1:00 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