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Second Half Flurry Powers Mustangs to Comeback Win

Second Half Flurry Powers Mustangs to Comeback Win

WESTON, Mass. –Mount Ida College rattled off six-straight goals after falling behind 2-0 as the Mustangs defeated Regis College 6-2 in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday night in Weston, Mass.

Freshman Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) scored two goals and added two assists, while Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass.) also potted two goals for the Mustangs (4-6).

The teams went to the half with Regis leading 2-1, but it would not stay that way for long, as Minicucci recorded her second tally of the game only one minute into the second period, using a give-and-go with Ashley Tice (South Berwick, Maine) to tie the game at 2-2. Mount Ida continued to turn up the pressure, taking four corners and five shots over the next seven-plus minutes.

The Mustangs pulled ahead in the 45th minute following a penalty corner, as Minicucci fired the ball into the circle. The ball deflected off a Regis defender and right to the stick of Emily Salls (Springvale, Maine) and she buried the open goal for the 3-2 lead.

The Mustangs would score three more goals over the next five minutes to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Napier scored twice and Tice added a goal of her own in the half, to go with her two assists.

Kelsey Morton (South Portland, Maine) opened the scoring for the Pride in the opening five minutes of action as she tapped home a blast off the stick of Ashley Ryan (Mashpee, Mass.) to give Regis an early 1-0 lead. Sashae Walls (Everett, Mass.) extended the lead to 2-0 when she forced a turnover inside the circle, turned to her left, and fired on net for her fourth goal of the season.

In the 32nd minute, Mount Ida gained possession and earned a penalty corner. On the ensuing play, Cregan Callahan (Diamond Point, N.Y.) received the entry pass and swung the ball to Minicucci, who fired the ball opposite post and found the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game.

Regis had several chances in the final 20 minutes of action, but could not get past the Mount Ida keeper, Brenna Santos (East Falmouth, Mass.). Yasmine Akib (Everett, Mass.), Walls, Hailee Forest (Amherst, N.H.), Laurie DeMars (Maynard, Mass.), Jenna Casello (Westborough, Mass.) and Morton all took shots on Santos, but she was up to the task, ending the game with 10 saves on the night for her fourth win.

Regis held a 20-18 advantage in shots and also had a 12-9 edge in penalty corners. Raegan Heck (Phillipston, Mass.) made six saves for Regis in the setback, with Maresa Malcolm (Barrington, N.J.) finishing off the final 23:46 of action.

Mount Ida travels to St. Joseph's College of Maine on Saturday for a 12:00 p.m. Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest.

Regis hopes to snap a four game skid on Saturday afternoon when they return to New England Collegiate Conference action against Wheelock College at 1:30 p.m. in Weston, Mass.