Paxton, Mass. -- Freshman Ema Atherton (Sanbornton, N.H.) tallied a goal and three assists Saturday morning to lead Mount Ida College to a 4-1 victory over Anna Maria College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference field hockey game at AMCAT Field. Junior Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) added a pair of goals in the win for the Mustangs. Mount Ida moves to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the GNAC, while Anna Maria falls to 3-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Hemstock opened the scoring for Mount Ida 12 minutes into the game when she took a pass from Atherton and shot it into the cage past AMCAT goalkeeper Bryanna Tobin (Deep River, CT) for the first of her two goals in the game. Anna Maria tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half when sophomore Anne Melanson (Grafton, Mass.) bunted the ball out of midair and past the goalie after a cross by sophomore Allyson Shaw (Holden, Mass.) It was Melanson's third goal of the season.
The Mustangs came back to take the lead for good less than a minute later when Atherton collected a loose ball off an AMCAT defender and knocked home her first goal of the season, and the eventual game-winner. Atherton assisted on the final two Mustang goals. She set up Hemstock for her second of the game after a penalty corner in the 57th minute, and assisted freshman Megan Jusell (Cape Cod, Mass.) for her second of the season in the 62nd minute. Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, ME) made three saves on the day and picked up her seventh win on the season.
The Mustangs return to Alumni Field to take on Colby-Sawyer in non-conference action on Wednesday at 4:00pm. The AMCATS continue their four-game home stand on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a non-conference match-up against Bay Path College (4:00 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