NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College field hockey team improved to 3-4 on the season while taming the Wildcats of Bay Path University by a final score of 6-0 on Thursday afternoon on Alumni Field. With the setback, Bay Path drops to 0-7.
In a quiet game early on, freshman midfielder Danielle Townsley (Greenfield, Mass.) notched the first goal of the contest off the stick of teammate Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) while giving the Mustangs the early 1-0 edge, just 11:19 into the opening half. Nine minutes later Napier increased the hosts lead to 2-0 when freshman Ashley Tice (South Berwick, ME) found Napier wide open in front of the net.
With about four minutes remaining in the half, Emily Salls (Springvale, ME) tallied an unassisted marker while boosting the Mount Idea lead to 3-0 at the conclusion of the half.
Bay Path would provide some pressure early on in the first few minutes of the second stanza before Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) ripped a shot that ricocheted off the Wildcat goalie and straight up into the air before coming down and bouncing off a Bay Path defender and into the goal while giving the Mustangs a 4-0 cushion.
Napier struck again in the 61st minute from a familiar teammate in Tice who found Napier in front of the net for the open net goal. Just eight minutes later, Minicucci added to her totals for the day by recording her second goal of the afternoon and sealing the 6-0 non-conference win for the Mustangs.
Mount Ida outshot the visitors 24-2 while Bay Path held the slight edge in penalty corners, 9-6. Senior keeper Brenna Santos (East Falmouth, Mass.) improved to 3-4 on the season with Wildcat goalie Anna Meyer (Millbrook, N.Y.) dropped to 0-7.
Mount Ida will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 when they host conference foe Anna Maria. Bay Path will take on Kean University on Saturday at 3:00 with that game being played at Elms College.