STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Rupert Lewis has announced the field hockey recruiting class of 2023.
Lewis, who will begin his 15th year as the Monks' leader this fall, has guided Saint Joseph's to three-consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships and subsequent NCAA Tournament berths. In 2018, the Monks blanked Lasell College, 4-0, in the conference championship on November 4th and fell to Endicott College, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament three days later.
The incoming class features 11 players – all from either Maine or New Hampshire – and includes five midfielders, three forwards, and three defenders. The freshman group will be asked to help replace the significant contributions made by the 2019 graduating class, which was comprised of seven standout players.
The Monks' senior class - comprised of goalkeeper Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine), defenders Meghan Burke (Falmouth, Mass.), Arianna Kahler (Lisbon Falls, Maine) and Kayla Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine), and midfielders Kara Kelly (York, Maine), Kayla Kelly (York, Maine), and Samantha Silva (Laconia, N.H.) - has helped the Royal Blue post a 61-22 (.735) overall record, including a 23-3 (.885) mark in conference play, with three GNAC Championships and a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances over the past four seasons.
"I am excited to begin working with the 2023 Class," adds Coach Lewis. "We will be young this year, but I expect this talented group to quickly acclimate to the speed and skill level of the college game and play an important role in our success going forward."
FIELD HOCKEY CLASS OF 2023
Why Saint Joseph's? I was interested in their nursing program and field hockey team
High School: Played field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and tennis at Gardiner Area High School…As a senior named team MVP, KVAC Player of the Year, KVAC First Team, All-State, and All-Academic…Collected KVAC First Team and All-State honors as a junior and listed on the 2016 All-Rookie Team…Helped her team win the 2018 State Championship with KVAC Championships in 2016 and 2015…Earned High Honors all four years and a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Aimee Lynn Adams, daughter of Angela and Cy Adams.
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because of their well rounded exercise science program and their strong and competitive field hockey team. I could really see myself excelling there and it felt like home to me.
High School: Participated in field hockey, softball and swimming at Waterville Senior High School…Finished with 10 career goals…Top scorer junior year and team captain senior year…2018 Morning Sentinel All-Star Honorable Mention…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll all four years…Played club for Maine Styx for two years.
Community Service: Participated in various ShineOnCass Foundation fundraisers and assisted Waterville Music Boosters in multiple local events
Personal: Hannah Marie Gosline, daughter of Brenda and Mark Gosline.
Why Saint Joseph's?
Great nursing program and beautiful campus!
High School: Participated in field hockey and track at Kennett High School…First Team All-State, Twin-State, Marsden Award recipient, 2016-18 Offensive Player of the Year…Helped lead her team to State semifinal appearances in 2015, 2017, and 2018…Played club for Seacoast United 2015-2018, NIT appearance, RCC appearance.
Community Service: Six years volunteer work at Mineral Springs Nursing Home, four years volunteer work at OLM Catholic Church
Personal: Alexa Stephanie Gutowski, daughter of Kelley and Ben Gutowski…Has four siblings: Amanda Ferriter, Ashley King, Abigale Donaldson, and Aimee Gutowski.
Courtney St. Onge
Why Saint Joseph's? To achieve a good education
High School: Played field hockey, unified volleyball, unified basketball, and softball at Pembroke Academy…Member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society.
Personal: Courtney Evelyn St. Onge, daughter of Sherylin and Normand St. Onge.
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because of their reputable nursing program and competitive sports teams.
High School: Participated in field hockey, basketball, softball, tennis, and track at Dirigo High School…Two-time MVC First Team All-Star, two-time All-State, MVC Senior Game MVP, Channel 6 Varsity Club, MVC Honorable Mention, Coaches' Award recipient, two-year team captain…For basketball, two-year team captain, All-MVC Honorable Mention, and Coaches' Award honoree…Also claimed MVC Honorable Mention acclaim in softball…Helped her field hockey team win the 2015 MVC Championship…Academically, earned High Honors, Top 10, and MVC Academic All-Star awards and a member of the National Honor Society…Played club for Maine Styx for four years.
Community Service: Volunteered 50 + hours at a local hospital…Also volunteers for the Dempsey Challenge.
Personal: Sophia Patricia Jacques, daughter of Stephany and Corey Jacques.
Why Saint Joseph's? SJC has both an amazing nursing program as well as a competitive field hockey team.
High School: Played field hockey, basketball, and softball at Orono High School…Named First Team All-Conference her junior and senior years…Claimed Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State honors as a senior…Also a McDonald's Academic All-Star in basketball…Member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and Tri-M National Music Honor Society…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll and Principals Award recipient.
Community Service: School blood drive, Thanksgiving food drive, annual Coats for Kids drive, teaching little kids how to play field hockey, and helping at basketball clinics for young kids.
Personal: Molly Ryan McCluskey, daughter of Ann and Tim McCluskey…Has one brother, Connor.
Why Saint Joseph's? Saint Joseph's reputation, athletics
High School: Participated in field hockey, basketball, softball, and indoor & outdoor track at Messalonskee High School…Four-year varsity player…Team captain…Named KVAC Second Team All-Conference and earned KVAC All-Academic honors her senior year…Honorable Mention All-Conference selection as a junior…Helped her team finish as the Norther Maine runner-up three times…Earned three varsity letters and was a team captain for indoor track…Named KVAC All-Conference in 2017 and 2018…Participated in the New England Championships in 2017 and 2019…In 2019, ran a leg for the 4x200 meter relay team that set a new school record and collected All-Academic honors…Two-year varsity member of Messalonskee's outdoor track team…2018 Second Team All-Conference selection and competed in the 2018 New England Championships…Also helped set her school's outdoor 4x200 meter record…Graduated High Honors with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society…Played club for Majestix for two years.
Community Service: Teachers helper, dance helper, Stix league field hockey coach
Personal: Megan Elizabeth Quirion, daughter of Laurie and John Quirion…Has one sister, Brooke.
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College due to its welcoming atmosphere and outstanding academic and athletic programs
High School: Participated in field hockey, basketball, softball and outdoor track at Foxcroft Academy…Named Second Team All-Conference her junior and senior years…Helped her team post a record of 54-10 over four years…Listed on the High Honor Roll and member of the National Honor Society…Garnered Academic All-Conference, Big East Academic Team, Excellence in Honors Chemistry, Excellence in Writing in Honors English 2, and Rose Award accolades.
Community Service: Volunteer at local hospital, coach of youth sport teams and camps
Personal: Cailin MacKenzie Seavey, daughter of Nancy and Jon Seavey…Has six siblings: Jen, Mike, Chris, Jason, Austin, and Evan.
Why Saint Joseph's? I've been in love with St. Joe's since I was 10 years old. I've always wanted to be on Sebago Lake. SJC being a top nursing school and having a successful field hockey team made it almost impossible to see myself anywhere else.
High School: Played field hockey at Saint Thomas Aquinas…Leading goal scorer her junior year and Unsung Hero award recipient senior year…Played club for Maine Styx for one year and Seacoast United for ½ year.
Community Service: Coaching special needs cheerleading, school open house/accepted students, elementary school aftercare program, Rehabilitation Home, "Run for God" program, AFSP walk, Dempsey Challenge volunteer.
Personal: Kristina Louise Smith, daughter of Debbie and Brian Smith…Has one sister, Kayla Smith.
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because it had my program, my sport, and I felt like I was genuinely welcomed!
High School: Played field hockey, lacrosse, indoor track, and unified basketball and volleyball at Manchester Memorial High School…Earned team MVP honors for field hockey (2018) and lacrosse (2016)…Academically, claimed High Honors and a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society…DECA, New Hampshire Scholar and Art Department Award…Played two years of club for Seacoast United, U-19 premier white, and earned the Coaches' Award (2017).
Community Service: Volunteered for Marguerite's Place and Meals on Wheels.
Personal: Emma Faustina Sullivan, daughter of Melissa and David Sullivan…Has three siblings, Mary, John, and Lily.
Why Saint Joseph's? They have a strong program and I could see myself there.
High School: Participated in field hockey and swimming at Scarborough High School…Garnered All-State All-Academic, SMAA All-Academic, All-State First Team, and SMAA All-Conference First Team honors…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll and member of the National Honor Society…Played club for Coast Field Hockey for six years.
Personal: Anna Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Karen and Bruce Walker…Has two sisters, Ellen and Abby.