Monks Top Terriers, 3-1

Monks Top Terriers, 3-1

STANDISH, Maine – Sophomore Emma Rutledge (Alfred, Maine) registered two goals and an assist to help Saint Joseph's College (8-1) defeat Thomas College (3-5), 3-1, in a non-conference field hockey matchup at the SJC Athletics Complex on Friday evening.


The Monks seemed to take control early when freshman Alexa Gutowski (Conway, N.H.) scored at the 1:12 mark off Rutledge crossing pass, but the Terriers knotted the game at one-apiece three minutes later.

An SJC defensive lapse resulted in a two-on-one offensive chance for the visitors and Britney Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) beat junior goalkeeper Alexandria Simpson (Pascoag, R.I.) – who came out to challenge – with a shot to the lower right corner. Lindsey Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) was credited with an assist on the tying tally.

The 1-1 deadlock remained until the closing seconds of the second quarter, when Rutledge collected the rebound off a Libby Pomerleau (Limerick, Maine) slap shot and buried a bid to the right side of the cage for her fifth strike of the year.

The Monks capped the game scoring early in the third quarter when Rutledge connected off an Alexandra Belaire (Greene, Maine) feed at the 34:25 mark.


Simpson recorded four saves – including a pair of acrobatic stops on rapid-fire attempts in the 57th minute – to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Terriers split time in the cage, as Mackenzie Oberholzer (Hancock, Md.) took the loss after posting five stops in the first half and Leah Kruse (Norridgewock, Maine) turned away three shots in 30 minutes after intermission.


Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots (16-6), shots on goal (11-6), and penalty corners (7-5) on the evening.


With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 18-9 in the history of the series with Thomas College and has now defeated the Terriers in 14-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2007 campaign.


Saint Joseph's will play at #20 Kean University in New Jersey on Sunday at 12:00 PM.




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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