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Lasers Break Away from Mustangs in Second Half

Lasers Break Away from Mustangs in Second Half

NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida College field hockey team was level with cross-town rivals Lasell College at halftime, but the Lasers scored five times in the second half to beat the Mustangs 6-1 and remain undefeated in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

Senior Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) scored her team-high 16th goal of the year to level the game at 1 after Lasell had taken a lead less than three minutes in on the first of two goals on the day by Nikki Pignone (Ipswich, Mass.). Minicucci took a penalty corner from Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) and slammed the ball into the cage.

Pignone scored the eventual game-winner off of a rebound six minutes into the second half, and the Lasers scored three times in the next five minutes to take control of the game. Junior Cailin Flannery (Medford, N.J.) had assists on three straight goals in the second half.

Leah Sullivan (Mansfield, Mass.), Erica Connors (South Berwick, Maine), and Mindy Esposito (Sunderland, Mass.) scored before the three-quarters of an hour mark, and Julia Franzik (Wallingford, Conn.) capped the scoring for Lasell with her second goal of the year just over an hour in.

Sophomore goalie Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) made 12 saves, as Lasell had a 29-7 shot advantage and a 19-3 edge in penalty corners.

Denise Landry (New Milford, Conn.) made two stops in the win for Lasell, who bounce back from a loss their last time out to improve to 9-1 and 4-0 in the GNAC.

Mount Ida (6-4, 1-3 GNAC) hosts UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in a non-conference affair.

Lasell travels to New England College at 4 pm that same afternoon in another out of league game.


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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.