UNION, N.J. - #20 Kean University (11-1) topped Saint Joseph's College (8-2), 6-1, in a non-conference field hockey contest on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Kean got on the board first when Lia DiPiazza hit pay dirt off a penalty corner at the 10:06 mark and the Monks answered in the 35th minute when Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) knotted the match with her fourth goal of the season with freshman Sophia Jacques (Peru, Maine) being credited with the assist.
The Monks managed to hold the Cougars – who had outscored their last three foes by a 25-1 composite score heading into today's action – off the board until the 36th minute, when Ja'Carra Jackson notched the first of five unanswered goals.
SJC junior starter Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) allowed four goals with seven saves in 42:13 minutes while sophomore Isabella Anton (Mount Vernon, N.H.) yielded two scores in 17:47 minutes of relief.
Kean keeper Belly Reynoso turned away three of the four shots she faced in the victory.
Kean held the lead in shots (25-5), shots on goal (15-4), and penalty corners (19-6) on the afternoon.
Both of the Monks' losses this fall have come at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. St. Joe's suffered a 1-0 setback at the hands of #14 Babson College.
With the loss Saint Joseph's falls to 2-6 all-time versus Kean University, a team the Monks defeated by a 2-1 score in Standish last fall.
Saint Joseph's is off until next Saturday when the Monks play at Simmons University in a conference contest slated to start at 11:00 AM.