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Field Hockey Makes History with Shutout Victory

Field Hockey Makes History with Shutout Victory

Nashua, N.H. – Mount Ida broke a scoreless first half tie with a barrage of goals in the second half to defeat Daniel Webster 4-0 and claim the first ever win in Mount Ida field hockey history.

After a season of club play and two hard-fought defeats to start the year, the Mustangs (1-2) saw their hard work pay off and thoroughly dominated their final game before heading into Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. 

Freshmen Ashley Tice (South Berwick, Maine) and Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) scored a pair of goals apiece, and Tice became the first Mustang to notch a game-winning tally when she broke the stalemate in the 42nd minute off of a penalty corner at Harvey Woods Field. 

Napier followed two and a half minutes later with an unassisted strike for a 2-0 game, then upped the Mustang's lead to 3-0 in the 51st minute off of a Danielle Townsley (Greenfield, Mass.) pass play from ten yards out. 

Tice closed the scoring when she tipped home a Kerra Denny (Oakland, R.I.) pass with 5:49 remaining. 

The Mustangs outshot their opponents 25-4, including a 16-2 edge in shots on goal, and Mount Ida senior goalie Brenna Santos (East Falmouth, Mass.) made both necessary stops to record the shutout. The Green and White also had an 11-9 edge in penalty corners. 

Daniel Melanson (Derry, N.H.) was tested often for the Eagles in goal, and finished with 12 saves. Newcomer Ashlynn Wing (Bennington, N.H.) posted both DWC shots on goal. 

The GNAC, like Mount Ida, is also beginning its first season sponsoring field hockey, and the first weekend of play will see the Mustangs travel to Simmons this Saturday at 1:00 pm. 

The Eagles return to action on Sunday when they host Maine-Farmington at 1:00 p.m.