NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College field hockey team are now winners of four of their last six games, as they defeated Bay Path College 8-0 in non-conference action on Monday night at Alumni Field.
Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) added to her team-high in goals and points with two goals and an assist, while Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) also scored a brace of goals and Cregan Callahan (Diamond Point, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists in the win.
Five different players scored for the Mustangs in the first half, with Callahan, Lindsey Hildreth (Westbrook, Maine) and Hemstock each turning in a goal and an assist before the break, where Mount Ida led 5-0.
Callahan took the bulk of Mount Ida's nine penalty corners, and she found Hemstock on either side of the intermission in just such a situation. For Hemstock, she now has eight markers on the year.
Bethany Rogers (Plymouth, Mass.) made 16 stops in goal for the Wildcats, who faced a barrage of shots from the Mount Ida attack, who had a 38-7 edge in that category.
Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) opened the scoring at the 7:42 mark when she finished a cross from Hildreth.
Sophomore Patty Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) netted her fourth goal of the year just under five minutes later before Hildreth, Callahan and Hemstock scored in a span of six minutes to open the game up for the home teams before halftime.
Melissa McNamara (Wilmington, Mass.) got herself a goal and an assist in the second half, firing her third marker of the year and then assisting on Minicucci's second of the game at the 47:31 mark.
Splitting the goaltending duties, Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) and Jessica Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) each blanked the Wildcats for a half, with Henry making the only save necessary and Ryan earning the win to improve to 3-4 between the pipes.
The lone shot on goal for Bay Path (0-4) came from sophomore Angela Younger (Charlemont, Mass.), while freshman Michaela Ceppetelli (Enfield, Conn.) contributed with a defensive save.
Both team's next games will come against the same opponent in Elms College. The Mustangs travel to Chicopee on Thursday for a 7:00 pm matchup, while Bay Path enters New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play on Saturday afternoon when they play Elms in Chicopee at 11:00 AM.