Mustangs Stifle Southern Maine for First Win of 2014
NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one period and used a strong defensive effort to defeat University of Southern Maine 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field, earning their first victory of the 2014 men's lacrosse season.
The Mustangs (1-1) held the Huskies off the scoreboard until late in the third quarter, and got two goals from freshman Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.) in dropping Southern Maine to 0-1 on the year.
Senior defenseman Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, Conn.) grabbed six ground balls and scored one of four opening quarter goals for Mount Ida, who for the game held a 30-25 shot advantage and won seven of eleven face-offs, all on the strength of junior Erik Berman (Montclair, N.J.).
Senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) made 15 saves in earning his first victory of the year, a number matched by Huskies sophomore Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine).
Freshman Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine) was the only Huskie with multiple points, collecting a goal and an assist on five shots.
Hardy opened the scoring for the Mustangs just over a minute into the opening frame, taking a feed from senior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.), who earned his first assist of the year. Senior J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) doubled the Mustang's advantage four and a half minutes later, finishing a pass from first year Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.).
Gelbstein and Rosen added scores in the first fifteen minutes, and Coehlo added a goal to his tally with under a minute left in the second quarter, giving Mount Ida a 5-0 lead at the break.
Ryan Trinque (East Greenwich, R.I.) earned his first point of the year two and a half minutes into the third quarter when he helped Hardy complete his brace of goals, capping the scoring day for the Mustangs.
Freshman Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) stopped Cordaro's shutout with 1:13 left in the third quarter on a pass from Wing, who then added the final goal of the game with just over ten minutes left to play.
Mount Ida was perfect on 18 clear attempts, while the Huskies missed just two of their twenty tries at clearing. Urmston's man-up goal was the only one for either team on a combined 14 extra man opportunities.
Huskies senior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) had a game-high eight ground balls in the losing effort, while sophomore Casey Pratt (South Paris, Maine) went 4-7 in handling the bulk of the draws for the Huskies.
Mount Ida continues their home stand to start the season when they host Salem State on Wednesday at 3:30 pm at Alumni Field.
Southern Maine will host their home opener at the same time against in-state rival University of New England.