St. Joe's not only entered the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in the previous academic year, but also added swimming and lacrosse to its athletic repertoire.
In the season's opening swim meet, Ashton Piers '09, Erin Brady '10, Lindsay D'Ascanio '11, and Katie Brooks '11 registered the program's premier first-place finish in the 200-medley. Brooks notched the program's first women's individual victory in the 50-backstroke event, and the women won 11 of 14 events, recording the team's first win.
D'Ascanio recorded 17 individual first-place finishes, including a GNAC Championship record time in the 50-fly event and was named the 2008 GNAC Rookie Swimmer of the Year.
Head coach Rebecca Biggs liked that each race was a historical first. "It allowed for the team to set records that will hopefully all be beat next season," she says. The women's team finished with a 5-2 record. The men's team, plagued by injuries for most of the season, finished with a 0-2 record, but remains optimistic.
In SJC's first men's lacrosse match, Kody Peckham '11 netted a pair of goals, including the first score in SJC history. "I didn't really think [the goals were] special until after the game when everyone was congratulating me," says Peckham.
In the Monks first victory, midfielder Elliot LaMarre '11 led the team with four goals and Brendan Dyer '08 recorded the win in net. "For the players and coaches, that first win was like a national championship!" says coach Mike Edgar.
The men's lacrosse team won two of their last four games to finish with a 2-9 record.
In the women's inaugural lacrosse game, Alyssa Marchant '11 netted four goals, including the program's first. "I didn't realize until after the game that I had scored the first goal in SJC women's lacrosse history," says Marchant. "I had mixed emotions because we lost, but it was a great accomplishment for me and the team."
The women clenched their first victory in the team's next game. Vanessa Brooks '10 and Lauren Hagerman '10 both scored four goals and goal- keeper Jackie Zaccardo '10 made seven saves to help secure the historic triumph. The team ended with a 5-8 record and went 2-2 in GNAC play to earn a playoff berth.
"That was a great way to cap such a successful inaugural season," comments co-head-lacrosse coach Anna Gordon. "I think our performance shocked a lot of people on campus, but if you were able to see the amazing amount of hard work and dedication those girls put forth, it wouldn't be such a surprise!"