STANDISH—The St. Joe’s women’s soccer squad closed out a strong autumn recently. The Lady Monks didn’t win the last game of their season (only one team does, after all), falling 3-1 to Lasell in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s tournament semifinals; still, they compiled a winning record to enter the bracketing ranked fourth, and three players earned All-Conference laurels.
The Lady Monks feature a number of native Mainers, including Michaela McDonald (New Gloucester), Lauren Stiles and Emily DeLuca (both of Gorham) and Emily Thornton (Westbrook).
SJC went 12-5-1 across their regular schedule. Those numbers were good enough to secure homefield advantage in the GNAC quarterfinals, when the Lady Monks hosted the Bluejays of St. Joseph in Connecticut. DeLuca notched the first goal in that game, and Stiles, Sarah Comtois (Lowell, Mass.) and Haley DaGraca (Saco) all contributed to the 4-0 W as well.
St. Joe’s succumbed in the next round, unfortunately. The team traveled to No. 2 Lasell, in Newton, Mass., for the contest. There, DaGraca tallied SJC’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat. The Lady Monks thus retire till 2018 at 13-6-1.
Notably, DaGraca and DeLuca both brought home First-team All-GNAC honors, come awards season. Comtois earned a Second-Team nod. St. Joe’s own press release highlights the women’s accomplishments:
“DaGraca collects First Team honors for the third time in as many seasons,” it reads, “after leading the Monks in goals (17), points (37), and game-winners (4) during her junior campaign. In just three years, DaGraca broke the Monks’ career goals record with 50 tallies in 56 games (former record was 46 goals) and is tied for second in team history with 109 career points. She also owns the SJC career game-winning goals record with 13 clinchers.
“DeLuca, a 2016 Second Team All-Conference selection, claims First Team honors after establishing career-highs in goals (5), points (12), and game-winners (2) during her senior season. A three-year starter on the Monks’ backline and two-year team captain, DeLuca – who started in just one game as a freshman – developed into one of the elite defenders in the conference and started 59-consecutive games over her final three collegiate seasons.
“Comtois earns Second Team All-Conference honors for the second-consecutive season after scoring two goals with two assists for six total points during her final collegiate campaign. The two-year team captain was a solidifying force in the middle of the field for St. Joe’s, especially on jump balls, and her field vision often times led to a successful Monks’ attack. A four-year starter, Comtois started all 77 games in which she played during her career and leaves the program ranked third all-time in games played.”
SJC is coached by Jenelle Harris.
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Emily DeLuca earned First-Team All-Conference honors for the Lady Monks this fall.
Photo courtesy of David Bates Photography.