WESTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team has now won three of its last four matches, securing a 3-2 victory on the road over the Pride of Regis College (REG) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match at Regis Stadium Wednesday evening.
USJ managed to get ahead early, and it paid dividends, never once relinquishing the lead over the hosts. The scoring was started by junior midfielder Emma Kociszewski (Thomaston, Conn.), who scored her first collegiate goal less than three minutes into the contest. Sophomore forward Alexa Kowalski (Thomaston, Conn.) was next to put her name in the scoring column, netting her second-career goal in the second period to give USJ a 2-0 advantage. Regis trimmed the gap to 2-1 at half, but the Blue Jay defense was dialed in throughout the second half. A late third goal from senior defender Nina Lestrud (Torrington, Conn.) iced it for the Blue Jays, who have picked up some key victories at just the right time as the GNAC playoffs loom.
Score: Saint Joseph 3, Regis 2
Records: USJ 4-7 (3-4 GNAC), REG 1-8 (1-6 GNAC)
Location: Regis Stadium | Weston, Mass.
COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "We came out strong in the first half and controlled the tempo. In the second half we relied on our defense and a third goal by Nina Lestrud to secure the win. We are excited to be putting together our offensive attack at just the right time. I'm very happy for our team, it was great to get another win on a total team effort."
- First time the Blue Jays have assisted on all their goals in a multi-goal game that they've gone on to win.
- The Pride outshot the Blue Jays 14-8, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal.
- USJ has won two games at home and two away so far in their first-ever season.
NUMBER TO KNOW
8 – Eight different Blue Jays have assisted on goals this year, including a flock of four who have three each.
USJ – Sophomore goalie and captain Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) was a difference maker in this one, making six big saves as Regis continued to take shots at her on goal. She improved to 3-6 overall with the win, allowing just two goals in 60 minutes of play.
REG – Sophomore goalkeeper Jocelyn White (Wilmington, Mass.) took the loss (1-8), allowing three goals and making one stop along the way in the cage in a full 60 minutes of action.
The Blue Jays will look to keep it rolling with a home GNAC contest against the Raiders of Rivier University on Saturday, October 16 at 12:00 p.m. in the Breast Cancer Awareness Game on the USJ Field Hockey Field.
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