November 9th, Waltham, MA, 2018; The jump from the high school game to the collegiate one can be difficult. There is a sharp increase in player ability as well as the pace of the game.
Sometimes it can be an insurmountable obstacle to climb but sometimes players join a new program and it clicks, like it has for the 5 GPS alumni at St. Joseph's.
The St Joseph’s Monks have a distinct GPS flavor to their squad with 5 of their freshmen having represented the club. GPS MA alums Kudi and Kuma Onyejose are joined by GPS NH alums Jonathan Bracket, Kyle Cocciardi, and Michael Fortin.
Jonathan Bracket lead the GPS NH alums in playing time making 19 appearances on the season, starting 4 of those times. The 6’4” midfielder scored 3 goals on the year and provided 1 assist.
Defender Michael Fortin appeared in 12 games in the Monk’s backline, contributing to their stellar defensive record during the season.
Brothers and GPS MA alumni Kudi and Kuma Onyejose both hit the ground running in the forward positions.
Kudi made 13 appearances on the season scoring 1 goal while Kuma has appeared in every St. Joseph’s game this season, scoring 4 goals and creating another 4 for teammates.
The #5/#8 ranked Monks are an impressive 20-0-0 this fall and find themselves in the opening round of the NCAA Division 3 Tournament with all the momentum. The GNAC Champions roster was bloated with talent this season, with 10 members of the squad earning All-Conference honors.
While the Monk’s offense was impressive throughout the season their defensive solidity is what enabled them to accumulate such a record. The Monk’s defense allowed only 1 goal the entire season, this coming in their mid-September match-up with Johnson and Wales.
With a stout defense at the back, the offensive players for St. Joseph’s were allowed to flourish with the team putting 77 total goals past opposition keepers. The Monks scored four or more goals 10 times this season and they scored five or more goals on 5 occasions. They broke double digits twice with dominant displays against Albert Magnus and Lasell which ended 10-0 and 13-0 respectively.
The Monks will be in action tomorrow, November 10th, when they take on Middlebury College in the opening round of the NCAA Division 3 Tournament