BOSTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College (5-3) defeated the Wheelock Wildcats (0-7) 8-0 in a non-conference field hockey match up on Monday night. Mount Ida pulled away in the second half to seal the win, led by a strong offensive attack from senior Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.).
With a back and forth battle early on, the Mustangs finally struck first, at 22:40, when junior forward Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn) netted her 10th goal of the season. Minicucco then capitalized off a Mount Ida corner pass, left to middle, from Hemstock and scored her 16th goal of season. Minicucci would go on to have a tremendous night with 4 goals and 2 assists for the Mustangs.
Megan Jusell (Cape Cod, Mass.) Taylor Young (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Cregan Callahan (Diamond Point, N.Y.) each contributed a goal for the Mustangs as well to extend the high goal scoring night to eight.
The shorthanded Wildcats applied pressure earlier when sophomore forward Julia D'Onofrio (Salem, N.H.) drilled a shot, from the left side, that was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, M.E.). D'Onofrio remained on the attack and made a spectacular shot, of a pass from senior forward Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.), that was kicked saved by Ryan at 10:19. However, the relentless nature of the Mustangs with 22 shots on goal was too much for the Wildcats to handle.
The Wildcats goalkeeper Cassidy Smith (South Berwick, Maine) finished the competition with 14 saves, including 9 in the second half alone, while Ryan saved all 8 of the shots on net that she was confronted with.
The Mustangs return to action Wednesday as they travel to New England College for a non-conference game. The Wildcats play on Thursday as they take on Regis at 4:00 PM.
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