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Blue Jays Best Falcons In Wet-Weather Monday Win

Blue Jays Best Falcons In Wet-Weather Monday Win

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.  The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team dominated a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest against the Falcons of Albertus Magnus College (AMC), 11-1, to claim its first-ever home victory on the USJ Field Hockey Field on a rainy Monday afternoon.

The Blue Jays, who scored just once in a 1-0 overtime win at Albertus Magnus in their first-ever contest back on September 1, scored one minute and one second into the match Monday and never looked back. They scored eight first-half goals to take total control of the contest, as junior midfielder Makenzie Dinger (Hingham, Mass.) led the charge with three goals and an assist to total seven points on the day. A trio of Blue Jays added two goals apiece, including junior defender Cayleen DeFaranos (Northford, Conn.), senior midfielder and captain Taya Valdez (East Lyme, Conn.), and sophomore midfielder McKenna Gibson (Old Saybrook, Conn.). Six different players scored in total for USJ, who scored more goals Monday than they had all season.

Score: Albertus Magnus 1, Saint Joseph 11
Records: AMC 0-5 (0-4 GNAC), USJ 2-6 (1-3 GNAC)
Location: USJ Field Hockey Field | West Hartford, Conn.

COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "To pick up our first home win ever was a big motivation for us. The whole team was on it in the first half. We had a lot of beautiful passes and everybody worked together to make it happen. The defense stepped up when they had to. It was an all-around team effort."


  • First time in program history a player has had a multi-goal game. Four different Blue Jays did it Monday.
  • USJ held a sizeable shots advantage, 41-5, and a 23-3 penalty corners edge.
  • Second-ever meeting between the programs. USJ won both meetings this season.
  • First home win in program history.
  • First GNAC win in program history.


11 – The Blue Jays scored 11 goals Monday after scoring just five total heading into the contest. They've outscored AMC this year, 12-1.


USJ  Sophomore goalie and captain Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) secured her first career win (1-5), allowing just one goal and making two saves in a full 60 minutes of work.
AMC – Junior Mikayla Lyston (Medford, N.Y.) took the loss (0-5), allowing 11 goals in 60 minutes. She did however make 17 saves in total despite allowing the goals.

The Blue Jays will be back at home for another Great Northeast Athletic Conference battle, this time against the Bulldogs of Dean College on Wednesday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. on the USJ Field Hockey Field.

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