STANDISH, Maine – Junior Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) tallied two goals and two assists to help #1 Saint Joseph's College (17-3) topple #5 Regis College (9-10), 5-0, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) field hockey tournament semifinal at the SJC Athletics Complex on Wednesday night.
With the win, Saint Joseph's - the three-time defending GNAC Champions – advances to the conference championship for the fifth-consecutive season and will host #2 Lasell College in the GNAC title matchup on Saturday at 1:00 PM. The Lasers blanked #3 Simmons University, 2-0, in the other semifinal contest this afternoon to set up the third-consecutive GNAC Championship meeting between Saint Joseph's and Lasell.
For Regis, the loss brings an end to the 2019 campaign.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Saint Joseph's applied most of the offensive pressure early and broke the scoring seal at the 10:48 mark, when Belaire netted her first goal of the night on a penalty stroke attempt.
The 1-0 edge remained until the 35th minute, when SJC sophomore Logan Champlin (Alfred, Maine) potted her first goal of the season off a Belaire pass penalty corner bid.
The hosts made it a 3-0 game just over a minute later with another penalty corner strike, as freshman Alexa Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) drilled home her sixth marker of the year with Champlin being credited with the assist.
Belaire tacked on her eight goal of the year at the 42:05 mark with an aerial shot to the top right corner on another penalty corner attempt. Freshman Megan Quirion (Oakland, Maine) was credited with an assist on the play.
Senior defender Kylee Veilleux (Sabattus, Maine) capped the game scoring in the 50th minute with her first collegiate goal - on yet another penalty corner try - with Belaire earning the assist on the play.
SJC junior Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) was not forced to make a save in the shutout victory while Regis junior netminder Hope Winkin (Winslow, Maine) made five saves in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held sizeable leads in shots (19-3), shots on goal (11-0), and penalty corners (15-5) in the triumph.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 8-4 all-time versus Regis College and has now defeated the Pride in six-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2007 season.