STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Jenelle Harris is pleased to announce the women's soccer Class of 2023.
Coach Harris, who is about to begin her seventh year as the Monks' skipper, is bringing in five players from three different states, as two forwards, two defenders, and one midfielder look to make their Royal Blue debut this fall. The newcomers will be asked to help Saint Joseph's defend the program's first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship.
"This talented incoming class joins our strong core of returners and we are looking to build off our championship season," adds Coach Harris. "We are excited to see what they can accomplish at the collegiate level. This class, along with our returners, will contribute to our program's philosophy of competitive fire, commitment, accountability, and family on and off the field."
Last fall, Saint Joseph's (16-4, 10-2 GNAC) - the #2 seed in the 2018 GNAC Tournament - claimed the first GNAC Championship in program history with a 1-0 upset victory at top-seeded Lasell College on Sunday, November 25, 2018 4th. The Monks faced #12 Swarthmore College in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Pennsylvania and fell to the Garnet on their home turf, 5-1, on November 10th.
The incoming class figures to help ease the loss of the 2019 graduates, a group that featured six four-year players: Haley DaGraca (Saco, Maine), Michaela MacDonald (New Gloucester, Maine), Skye Murray (Dayton, Maine), Colleen Sheehan (Medway, Mass.), Emily Thornton (Westbrook, Maine), and Angela Valenti (Litchfield, N.H.). DaGraca (20), Thornton (7), and Sheehan (5) combined to score 32 of the Monks' 50 goals last season. DaGraca, a two-time GNAC Player of the Year honoree, graduated owning the team's career records in goals (70), points (155), game-winners (20), and shots (403).
The 2019 campaign begins on Friday, August 30th with a 7:00 PM non-conference game at University of New England.
WOMEN'S SOCCER CLASS OF 2023
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to attend Saint Joseph's College because of the great nursing program and because it felt like home.
High School: Played soccer and lacrosse at Gorham High School…Helped the Rams win Regional Championship in 2015 and 2016…Listed on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll…Played for Velocity Soccer Club for two years and Seacoast United Soccer Club for five years (current)…Won State Cup three times with Seacoast United.
Community Service: Teen Trendsetters literacy tutor for 2nd grade students, referee for recreational and travel soccer games, Gorham Youth Soccer Clinics Coach, Gorham Youth Lacrosse Association Clinics Coach.
Personal: Caitlin Nicole Chasse, daughter of Carrie and Ron Chasse…Has one brother, Justin.
Why Saint Joseph's? The beautiful campus and nursing program.
High School: Played soccer, basketball and lacrosse at Mahopac High School…Earned All-League honors…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll and a member of the Italian Honor Society.
Community Service: Completed 316 hours of community service for Mahopac HS.
Personal: Samantha Colatruglio, daughter of Amy and Joseph Colatruglio.
Why Saint Joseph's? Felt like home
High School: Played soccer and basketball at Presque Isle High School…Four-time All-Aroostook Team, four-time All-PVC Team, four-time All-Northern Team, three-time All-State, two-time Butch Shaw Award recipient, two-time All-New England, two-time Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Team, Class B Player of the Year, PVC Player of the Year, All-American Team…Helped her team win the Northern Maine Championship with Class B State runner-up finishes her junior and senior seasons…For basketball, named as the PVC Defensive Player of the Year twice, All-Aroostook Team, and MABC/McDonald's All-Star…PVC All-Academic honoree and MIAAA Scholar Athlete, claimed High Honors and a member of the National Honor Society…Played club for DSA United.
Community Service: Hospital volunteer
Personal: Madison Marie Michaud, daughter of Kristan and Chuck Michaud…Has one brother, Conner.
Why Saint Joseph's? Amazing school that is perfect for me
High School: Played soccer at Manchester Central High School…Helped her team win two Division 1 State Championships…Listed on the Academic Honor Roll…Played club for Hooksett Alliance FC for two years, GPS NH NPL 2001 for one year, and Seacoast United NH NPL 2001 for one year.
Personal: Brooke Grier Ribeiro, daughter of Kristine and Dean Ribeiro…Has one sibling, Taylor.
Keelin Olivia Sweeney
Why Saint Joseph's? I decided to go to St. Joe's because I can pursue the major of my choice and play soccer.
High School: Played soccer and lacrosse at Bonny Eagle High School…SMAA First Team All-Conference honoree and SMAA All-Academic selection…Graduated with Highest Honors…Played club for Seacoast United for six years…Won the State Cup and Summer Coastal Challenge.
Community Service: Active member in Bonny Eagle's Key Club.
Personal: Keelin Olivia Sweeney, daughter of Lori and Hayes Sweeney…Has two siblings, Hayes Sweeney and Channing Day.