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Mustangs Storm Past Eagles with Balanced Scoring Attack

Mustangs Storm Past Eagles with Balanced Scoring Attack

NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida fired 36 shots and got points from eight different players in a 10-0 victory over Daniel Webster College in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

The Mustangs (5-7) got 27 attempts on target and saw six players find the back of the net, while also earning 28 penalty corners in beating Daniel Webster for the second time this season.

Freshman Cregan Callahan (Diamond Point, N.Y.) had a seven-point day with two goals and three assists, and Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) added to her team-high goal total with a hat trick for her 11th, 12th, and 13th goals of the season.

The game-winning goal was scored by Emily McConnell (Lowell, Mass.), and was also her first collegiate goal, coming in the 9th minute when she buried a rebound from close range past Daniel Webster goalie Danielle Melanson (Derry, N.H.).

Melanson, who is second in the country in saves per game, stopped 17 shots for the Eagles.

Minicucci got herself on the board just over a minute later when she fired a shot from the edge of the arc off a penalty corner delivered by Danielle Townsley (Greenfield, Mass.).

Lauren Kelly (Scituate, Mass.), part of a Mount Ida defensive unit that held the Eagles without a shot and to just two penalty corner opportunities, netted her second goal of the year with twenty-six minutes gone to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead, which they took to the half.

Callahan and the Mustangs took over in the second half, with the freshman midfielder assisting on three straight goals in a span of three minutes. The first two came off the stick of Miniccuci, who tipped home a shot at the far post, and then dribbled through the crease to beat Melanson.

Freshman Kerra Denny (Oakland, R.I.) was another Mustang who scored her first collegiate goal, and who tallied twice on the day for the Mustangs, both in the second half, with her first coming on a feed by Callahan.

Ashley Tice (South Berwick, Maine) added her seventh goal of the year in the 54th minute, and Denny completed her brace on a pss by Emily Salls (Springvale, Maine) at the hour mark before Callahan scored two more unassisted goals in the final ten minutes, her first two goals of the year.

Senior Brenna Santos (East Falmouth, Mass.) earned her third shutout of the year without being asked to make a stop.

Mount Ida will travel to Lasell College on Saturday afternoon for their first-taste of the cross-town Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rivalry. That game is set for 12:00 pm.

Daniel Webster (0-7) travels to Wheelock on Saturday for a 2:00 pm start.