Monks Handle Raiders, 3-0

Monks Handle Raiders, 3-0

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (10-2, 4-0 GNAC) blanked Rivier University (5-7, 2-2 GNAC), 3-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) field hockey matchup at the SJC Athletics Complex on Saturday.


The conference contest was a scoreless stalemate until the 22nd minute, when senior Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) netted her fifth goal of the season off a penalty corner. Junior Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) was credited with an assist on what proved to be the game-winning tally.

Freshman Alexa Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) made it a 2-0 game with her seventh strike of the year off a corner and an Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) pass at the 40:31 mark. Rutledge netted the Monks' last marker of the afternoon 15 minutes later with freshman Aimee Adams (Gardiner, Maine) assisting on the sophomore's seventh goal of the year.


SJC junior Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) turned away the only shot she faced in the shutout performance while Rivier sophomore goalie Katie Olsen (Saugus, Mass.) notched eight saves in the losing bid.


Saint Joseph's held considerable leads in shots (16-1), shots on goal (11-1), and penalty corners (13-1) on the afternoon.


Saint Joseph's is now 11-0 all-time versus Rivier University and has notched seven straight shutouts versus their conference counterpart, a clean sheet string that began during the 2013 campaign.


Saint Joseph's hits the road Monday for a 4:00 PM non-conference game at Gordon College.




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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