BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Freshman Jennie Morey (Claremont, N.H.) notched her first collegiate goal, but it was the only scoring Mount Ida College would muster, as the Mustangs dropped their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener 4-1 to Simmons College at Daly Field.
Four different players scored for the Sharks (2-2, 1-0 GNAC), who outshot the Mustangs 24-5 and had a 10-3 advantage on penalty corners. Mount IDa drops to 1-2 and 0-1 in GNAC play.
Mount Ida cut a 2-0 deficit in half when first year forward Erin Esty (Gorham, Maine) carried the ball into the Sharks' defensive zone and threaded a short cross to Morey for a deflected shot that found its way inside the far left post with 7:25 remaining in the half. Simmons took a 2-1 edge into the intermission, backed by a 15-3 shot advantage.
The Sharks opened up with scoring opportunities in the first two minutes, immediately putting pressure on the Mount Ida, and later cracked the scoring column early in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Hannah Scott (Claremont, N.H.) sent a centering cross from the top of the circle that first year midfielder Lily D'Anna (Woodstock, Vt). converted for her first collegiate score after sneaking the ball through a scrum in front of the cage with 21:42 left in the first half. Simmons doubled its lead with 15:45 to go in the period, when sophomore forward Olivia Trull (Lowell, Mass.) took a breakout cross from senior forward Julie Saltamartini (East Hampstead, N.H.) and fired a shot from the left side of the goal mouth inside the far post for her second tally of the season.
The Sharks increased their lead early in the second half, scoring within the first three minutes. Junior midfielder Megan Fontaine (Westminster, Mass.) took a cross from classmate Ana Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) on a penalty corner and blasted a shot from the top of the circle that found the back of the cage for a 3-1 lead with 32:42 to play in the period. Junior forward Missie Maiewski (Northampton, Mass.) later collected a loose ball in the right corner of the cage and slipped a shot inside the far left post for her first score of the season and a 4-1 lead for the home team with 9:59 showing on the second half scoreboard.
First year keeper Lucy McNamara (Brewster, Mass.) stopped four shots to earn the win for the Sharks.
Simmons returns to action on Wednesday, September 13 when it meets cross-street rival Wheelock College for an 8:00 p.m. match on Winsor Field, while Mount Ida heads to Framingham, Mass. on the same night to play Framingham State University at 7:00 p.m.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu