WATERVILLE, ME – Saint Joseph's (7-4, 4-3 GNAC) defeated Thomas College (3-5, 0-2 NAC), 12-9, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Thursday night. Sophomore midfielder Cassie Diplock (Augusta, Maine) scored five goals and added an assist in the triumph.
The contest featured several scoring outbursts by both teams as the Monks utilized a pair of three-goal runs to build an 8-5 lead going into intermission. Trailing 10-6 after SJC sophomore midfielder Anneka Adame (San Diego, Calif.) netted a man-down goal four minutes into the second half, the Terriers put up three straight scores, including two from Cera DiBiase, to cut their deficit to one goal with 18:59 remaining.
Saint Joseph's went on to hold Thomas without a goal for the remainder of play and iced the contest by scoring goals just 26 seconds apart - a man-up marker from Adame with 11:52 left and a Megan Cutter (Westbrook, Maine) tally at the 11:26 mark.
For the Monks, Adame recorded four goals, five ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers, Amelia Santos (Beverly, Mass.) added a goal and three assists, and Cutter corralled a team-high seven ground balls. Sophomore keeper Elizabeth Giacchino (Melrose, Mass.) was solid in the cage, making 11 saves to increase her record to 6-1 on the season.
For the Terriers, DiBiase registered two goals and three assists, Brittany Premo netted a pair of goals and scooped up a game-high eight ground balls, Jasmine Ryan added a goal, an assist, and five ground balls, and goalkeeper Teshia Cates recorded 13 saves in a losing effort.
With the victory Saint Joseph's improves to 5-0 in the history of the series with Thomas College.
St. Joe's will host Norwich University in a GNAC showdown on Saturday at 1:00 PM.