Belaire Nets Two, Monks Top Wellesley 2-1

Belaire Nets Two, Monks Top Wellesley 2-1

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Junior Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) netted a pair of goals to help lift Saint Joseph's College (2-0) past Wellesley College (1-1), 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon.


Belaire put the Monks on the board when she scored off a penalty corner at the 21:27 mark, when she belted a shot from the top of the circle that deflected off a defender's stick past Wellesley keeper Janelle Sullivan.

The junior defender doubled the SJC cushion with another penalty corner strike in the 37th minute, this time steering a shot to Sullivan's right for a 2-0 advantage.

Wellesley cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 44th minute, when Caitlin Campbell corralled a rebound off a Julia Rappaport attempt and beat SJC junior keeper Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) with a quick shot to the back of the net.

The hosts had opportunities to tie the game in the fourth quarter, as Maddie Bettencourt rattled a shot off the post at the 45:37 mark and Simpson turned away a Maggie King shot with 5:09 remaining in regulation.


Saint Joseph's held slim advantages in shots (11-9) and penalty corners (9-8) while Wellesley posted a 6-5 lead in shots on goal on the afternoon.


Simpson turned away four shots to improve to 2-0 on the season while Sullivan made three saves in the losing effort for Wellesley.

Belaire added a defensive save – on a Rappaport shot at the 17:58 mark - in the Monks' one-goal victory.


With the victory Saint Joseph's improves to 2-3 all-time versus Wellesley College. The Monks defeated the Blue by a 7-0 score at the SJC Athletics Complex last season.


The Monks continue their road swing with a game at Husson University on Thursday at 7:00 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at