PORTLAND, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (2-1) defeated UMass.-Dartmouth (1-2), 11-7, in a non-conference women's lacrosse contest at Deering Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Saint Joseph's maintained an advantage for the first 35 minutes of play before UMass.-Dartmouth netted three goals in a matter of 130 seconds to knot the game at 7-7 with 24 minutes remaining.
Following a timeout by Saint Joseph's, sophomore midfielder Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) scored the eventual game-winner on a free-position shot at the 22:33 mark. The Monks proceeded to net three insurance markers – including a pair from senior Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) – over the remainder of the contest to clinch the 11-7 victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S
- Caiazzo tallied three goals, an assist, six ground balls, and five draw controls
- Gadbois notched a hat trick with an assist, two ground balls, and five draw controls
- Junior Kelsey Dumond (Lewiston, Maine) also scored three goals and picked up a pair of ground balls
- Senior Mary Leasure (South Portland, Maine/McAuley) netted a pair of goals with an assist and two ground balls
- Senior defender Emma Lafrance (Westport, Mass.) added three caused turnovers
- Senior goalkeeper Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) made 11 saves in the victory
LEADERS – UMASS.-DARTMOUTH
- Sophomore midfielder Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) produced three goals with an assist, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers
- Freshman goalie Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded 12 saves
The Monks held the lead in shots (28-22), ground balls (23-11), and draw controls (14-7) and was successful on 10 of 13 clear attempts on the afternoon. The Corsairs successfully cleared the ball out of their end on six of 16 bids and held an 11-20 turnovers advantage in the losing effort.
Saint Joseph's is now 2-0 all-time versus UMass.-Dartmouth, a team the Monks defeated by a 13-6 margin last spring (4/12/15).
Saint Joseph's will host University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at 6:00 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.