USJ Athletes earn multiple GNAC Awards

Montminy Earns GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week Award

Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Montminy (Vernon, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women’s soccer team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Goalkeeper of the Week, it was announced on Monday afternoon by GNAC officials. It marks the second career GNAC Goalkeeper of the Week nod for Montminy after she didn’t allow a single goal on the week versus a pair of GNAC opponents and racked up 13 saves between the pipes for USJ.

Montminy stopped all 13 shots she faced en route to back-to-back 1-0 shutout victories over GNAC rivals Lasell and Colby-Sawyer last week. She opened the week with a stellar performance between the pipes on the road against GNAC power Lasell on Wednesday, matching her career-high of eight saves in the win. She followed that with five saves on Saturday for her third straight shutout at home versus Colby-Sawyer.

Among the GNAC league leaders in multiple categories, Montminy now has four shutouts on the year and a 7-1-0 record in goal, as the Blue Jays have started 8-1-0 for the first time since 2012. On the year, Montminy has allowed just four goals and racked up 41 saves for a .911 save percentage. She has a 0.54 goals-against average in 667 minutes between the pipes for the Blue Jays.

Up Next
USJ returns to the pitch next on Wednesday with a GNAC match versus Anna Maria. Kick-off is slated for 2:30 p.m. between the Blue Jays and AMCATS.

Kavanaugh Tabbed GNAC Men’s Runner/Rookie of the Week

Freshman David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men’s cross country team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Runner and Rookie of the Week, it was announced Monday afternoon by the conference front office. It marks the second and third career GNAC weekly honors for Kavanaugh after he earned the GNAC Rookie of the Week nod two weeks prior.

Kavanaugh kept up the impressive start to his career as a member of the Blue Jays, winning his second meet of the season this past Saturday at the Blue Jay Invitational hosted by USJ. He claimed a personal-best time, turning in a 5K time of 16:25 on a blistering 5:18 mile pace. He finished 46 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, his teammate, sophomore captain Eric Knox (Bristol, Conn.). The Blue Jays dominated the race and the overall score with a mere 18 points to win their first meet in the history of the USJ men’s cross country program.

Up Next
The USJ men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action next on Saturday, October 12 in the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. The action is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.

 

Hall Named GNAC Women’s XC Rookie of the Week

Freshman Morgan Hall (Norfolk, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women’s cross country team was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Rookie of the Week, it was announced Monday afternoon by league officials. It marks the first career GNAC weekly honor for Hall, who finished first at the Blue Jay Invitational this past Saturday hosted around campus at USJ.

Hall won her first career meet Saturday in the annual Blue Jay Invitational, and she did it in dominant fashion, claiming a 5K personal-best time after crossing the finish line in 22:36 on a 7:18 mile pace. She finished nearly two minutes ahead of the second place women’s runner and led the Blue Jays to the overall team victory as well, marking a clean sweep for the Blue Jays in cross country on the weekend.

Up Next
The USJ men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action next on Saturday, October 12 in the James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. The action is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.

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