PORTLAND, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (1-1, 1-0 GNAC) blanked Rivier University (1-3, 0-2 GNAC), 5-0, in what was the Monks’ 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Friday night.
Saint Joseph’s dominated the stat sheet in the first half to the tune of a 19-0 shots advantage, but managed to score just one goal – a Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) strike in the 15th minute – as Rivier netminder Emily Foster (West Lebanon, N.H.) notched six saves in the opening stanza with 17 stops overall.
The SJC offense began to click in the second frame, as senior Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) facilitated a pair of goals in a three-minute span, first on a Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) score at the 36:38 mark and again when Libby Pomerleau (Saco, Maine) hit pay-dirt at the 39:01 mark.
The 3-0 cushion remained until the 61st minute, when Pomerleau found the back of the cage off a Kayla Kelly dish and freshman Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) capped the game scoring with her first collegiate tally off a Maddy Beaulieu (West Gardiner, Maine) pass at the 64:22 mark.
SJC junior keeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) made one save to pick up the shutout win while Junior Kayla Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine) tacked on a defensive save in the triumph.
Saint Joseph’s recorded commanding leads in shots (36-3), shots on goal (22-2), and penalty corners (13-0) in the one-sided triumph.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s remains undefeated with a 9-0 record in the history of the series versus Rivier University.