NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida field hockey team saw their tremendous 2017 campaign end in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday afternoon, falling to crosstown rival Lasell 1-0 in overtime. The Mustangs finish the season with a 10-8 overall record and a 3-4 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
It was a battle between the keepers as Denise Landry (New Milford, Conn.) and Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) for the entirety of regulation, as neither team capitalized on a combined 35 shots. Lasell held a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal, as Ryan posted 11 saves in the game. Landry turned away all five shots on net from the Mustangs, and heads into her first GNAC championship holding a .857 save percentage, and a 0.86 goals against average.
Lasers Cailin Flannery (Newton, N.J.) was the deciding factor in the semifinal match, knocking in her fourth game-winner of the season in the 72nd minute.
The Lasers outshot the Mustangs by a landslide 11-2 in the first half, with both Mount Ida shots coming from top-scorer Lexi Minicucci (Westfield, Mass.) in the first four minutes. Minicucci came up big for the visitors in the 29th minute, when Erica Connors (South Berwick, Maine) took a crack on net about five yards out. The ball soared past Ryan's left side, but Minicucci recorded her first defensive save of the season at a most opportune time to keep Lasell at bay.
Roles reversed in the second half, as Ida held a slight 11-9 advantage in scoring attempts. Sarah Hemstock (Northford, Conn.) lined up for one of the Mustangs' nine second half corners at 56:50, and dished the ball out to Minicucci. Minicucci lofted the ball into the air to try and put the Mustangs on top, but a completely stretched-out Landry turned away the senior's attempt, as the 0-0 score held throughout regulation.
The Lasers will host Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Saturday in GNAC championship action. For Mount Ida, this senior class will leave the program having left a lasting-impact as the first class in program history. Their impacts on and off the field set the foundation for future Mustangs.
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