HOW IT HAPPENED:
Junior forward Brett Mattos (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored the game's only goal on a corner kick off the foot of sophomore Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine) in the 11th minute and the Monks' defense held the Eagles to just seven shots with two on target on the evening.
Saint Joseph's junior Blake Mullen (Manchester, Conn.) was forced to make just two saves in what was the 17th shutout performance of his collegiate career.
Husson senior Cody Gross (Fair Lawn, N.J.) recorded three saves in a losing bid.
Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (14-7) and shots on goal (4-2) while both teams tallied a trio of corner kicks in the season opener.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 5-20 in the history of the series with Husson University and has now defeated the Eagles in consecutive meetings – by identical 1-0 scores – for the first time.
The Monks are now 9-13-6 all-time in season openers after posting ties in each of the last two inaugural contests.
Saint Joseph's will play at University of New England Sunday at 12:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.