Monks Upset Lasers, Claim First-Ever GNAC Championship

Monks Upset Lasers, Claim First-Ever GNAC Championship

NEWTON, Mass. – Senior forward Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal to help #2 Saint Joseph's College (16-3) unseat top-seeded Lasell College (14-6), 1-0, in the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Monks earn their first GNAC Championship and collect the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA DIII Women's Soccer Tournament, which begins next Saturday. The national tournament field will be revealed tomorrow via live video stream on at 1:30 PM.

For Lasell, the loss snaps an eight-year GNAC Championship run.


At the 59:14 mark, senior Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) worked her way around two defenders and delivered a precise right-to-left crossing pass to DaGraca, who was at the six and headed a one-timer past Lasell keeper Angela Zanzari (North Haven, Conn.). 


SJC freshman Adia Grogan (Kennebunk, Maine) was outstanding in the victory and tied her season high with 10 saves in the shutout. Sanzari posted three saves in the losing bid.


Lasell posted leads in shots (17-8), shots on goal (10-4), and corner kicks (7-2) on the afternoon.


With the triumph Saint Joseph's improves to 6-9-2 all-time versus Lasell College. Today's win is the Monks' first over the Lasers since the 2011 campaign.


MVP - Haley DaGraca, Saint Joseph's

Adia Grogan, Saint Joseph's

Colleen Sheehan, Saint Joseph's

Emily Thornton, Saint Joseph's

Madeline Wood, Saint Joseph's

Sabrina Morais, Lasell

Caitlin Rotonnelli, Lasell

Carly Zdanek, Lasell

Kaylin Deschenes, Emmanuel

Lexi Gawron, Emmanuel

Deja Hersey, JWU

Kayla Juliana, JWU




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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