St. Joe's field hockey claims GNAC crown, falls in NCAA tourney

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STANDISH—The St. Joseph’s field hockey team wrapped up their season in style recently, winning their conference championship in an upset over Lasell before moving on to the NCAA tournament. There, the Lady Monks retired till next year on a 2-1 loss vs. the University of New England.

St. Joe’s comprises mostly former Maine high school standouts, including Maddie Corbett (Bonny Eagle), Katie Hunter (Windham) and Megan Baker (Gorham). 

The Lady Monks went 13-5 across their regular schedule, starting slow at 2-3 then accelerating into a six-game win streak that featured victories over teams like Springfield, Johnson & Wales and the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. 

Lasell brought St. Joe’s triumphant run to a halt 2-1 on Oct. 7, but the Lady Monks regrouped in their follow-up bout to power past Gordon 2-1 in double-overtime. They closed the month winning four out of five, falling only to the University of Southern Maine 1-0.

SJC entered the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) post-season ranked No. 2; they positively crushed Simmons, 5-0, in the semis to earn another shot at Lasell in the final. This time around, the Lady Monks got the better of the No. 1-ranked Boomers, scoring a trio of goals in the second half while maintaining their own shutout and earning a 3-0 W.

St. Joe’s press release described the matchup, which took place at Lasell in Newton, Mass. on Nov. 4, like so:

“Following a scoreless first half, the Monks got on the board five minutes into the second stanza when sophomore Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) scored her first of two goals on the afternoon. After eluding a defender, Pomerleau provided her team with a 1-0 edge with a shot to the top right corner.

The score remained intact until the 63rd minute, when junior Kara Kelly (York, Maine) netted her fourth goal of the season with freshman Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) earning credit for the assist.

Applying plenty of pressure late, the Monks tacked on an insurance goal in the 68th minute when Pomerleau potted her second tally, this time off a Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) feed, with a shot to the bottom left corner.”

Baker, the SJC goalie, hashed two saves in the contest, and in the end notched her eighth shutout of the fall. The Lady Monks led in shots (18-10), shots on goal (5-2) and penalty corners (10-6). 

Baker picked up All-Tournament honors, as did Hayley Winslow (Falmouth), Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough/Cheverus) and Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls).

It’s the second consecutive GNAC title for the Lady Monks.

A few days later, on Nov. 8, SJC traveled to UNE in Biddeford for the first round of the NCAA Division III bracketing, ultimately succumbing 2-1. After a scoreless first half, the Lady Monks seized the lead on a Pomerleau goal, but the Nor’easters roared back in the late going, tallying two in the last 14 minutes and thus moving on.

St. Joe’s closes their 2017 at 15-6.

Adam Birt can be reached at abirt@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter: @CurrentSportsME.

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