STANDISH, Maine – The 2016 Saint Joseph's College women's lacrosse team is looking at a full 17-game schedule this spring, including nine Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) games and eight additional non-conference games. See complete schedule synopsis below.
Coach Rupert Lewis is in his fourth season as head coach for the Monks and will be assisted by first-year coach Gina Newsome. The team will take on an impressive list of out of conference opponents, including Bowdoin, Regis, Husson, and Southern Maine.
Included on this year's docket is perennial powerhouse Bowdoin College an opponent the Monks have never before faced on the lacrosse field.
Overall, the 2016 list of opponents compiled a 125-142 (.468) record, collectively, last spring and the Monks own a 58-33 (.637) all-time record versus the 17 different foes combined. St. Joe's is scheduled to play 10 games on home turf, and seven away this spring.
The Monks opened the 2016 campaign on February 28th, with a hard-fought, 10-9 overtime loss at University of New England. The next event will take place on Saturday versus Husson University at 1:00 PM.
St. Joe's kicks off conference play on March 26th with a home contest against Johnson & Wales.
The 2016 GNAC Tournament begins with a preliminary round (top four seeds receive a bye - #8@#5 and #7@#6 play single-elimination games) on May 3rd. The remaining four teams enter double-elimination play with the quarterfinals on May 5th and the highest remaining seed will serve as the host for the semifinal and championship games on May 7th. The GNAC Tournament champion earns an automatic berth into the NCAA DIII Tournament.
The 2016 NCAA New England Regional Tournament begins on May 14th.
In 2015, Saint Joseph's claimed the program's first GNAC title, going 17-2 overall with a spotless 9-0 in conference play before taking care of Rivier University, Emmanuel College and Lasell College in the GNAC Tournament. The Monks met Bridgewater State in the opening round of the NCAA DIII Tournament and saw the 2015 season come to an end by way of a 16-9 setback at the hands of the Bears. The 2015 squad set program single-season records in points (423), goals (288), assists (135), man-up goals (21), draw controls (249), and goals against average (7.23) and posted the second-highest winning percentage (.895) in the history of SJC Athletics.
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.