The Monks, 10-0-1 overall with a 6-0-1 record versus Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponents, were ranked ninth in the week four poll and move up to eighth after toppling Regis (Mass.) (3-0) and Rivier University (7-0) last week.
Through 11 contests, the Monks have outscored their opponents by a whopping 38-0 margin with 1,010 minutes of shutout play between the pipes. Saint Joseph's currently ranks as the NCAA DIII leader in save percentage (1.000), goals against average (0.00), shots per game (25.18), shots on goal per game (11.82), and shutout percentage (1.000).
Also, the Monks are ranked sixth in assists per game (3.27) and winning percentage (.955), seventh in points per game (10.18) and total assists (36), eighth in scoring offense (3.45), 10th in points (112), and 14th in goals (38).
As of October 8th, Saint Joseph's is one of just three NCAA programs – men's or women's, levels DI, DII, and DIII - to have not yet allowed a goal, as the Monks join a pair of women's programs – The College of New Jersey (DIII) and Central Missouri (DII) – on the exclusive list.
The Monks are also one of just nine NCAA DIII men's programs to have not yet suffered a setback.
Saint Joseph's is not the only program to move up in this week's United Soccer Coaches NCAA DIII New England poll, as Tufts University slides back into the top slot and UMass.-Boston and Johnson & Wales University join the ranks after not being listed on the week four rankings. Amherst College, ranked first last week, drops to #2 while the teams listed third through seventh – Brandeis, Springfield, Connecticut College, Bowdoin College, and Williams College – remain the same.
Endicott College also received votes in this week's poll.
Saint Joseph's will play at Emmanuel College Wednesday in a GNAC contest slated to begin at 7:00 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.