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Mustangs Open GNAC Schedule by Holding off Wildcats

Mustangs Open GNAC Schedule by Holding off Wildcats

NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida scored the first three goals and never trailed on Saturday afternoon as they opened up their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse schedule with a 13-7 victory over Johnson & Wales at Alumni Field.

The Mustangs even their overall record to 3-3 with the victory, while JWU falls to 1-4 and will continue to look for their first conference win (0-1) in their first season as a varsity program.

Senior Sean Royce (South Windsor, Conn.) scored a hat trick for his first three goals of the year, while classmate Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) also scored three times in the Mount Ida victory.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Chris Macchi (Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y.), who notched a hat-trick of his own, adding to his team-high total with nine goals on the year.

Mount Ida forced 30 turnovers and killed off 11 man-down opportunities, allowing just two goals from Johnson & Wales when they had the extra attacker.

Freshman Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.) had two assists for the Mustangs and opened the scoring with his first collegiate goal to put Mount Ida ahead with 12:17 left in the first period.

J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) doubled the host's advantage a minute later before Rosen nabbed his first marker, as he and Zach Davis Old Saybrook, Conn. scored on either side of a Macchi tally to make it 4-1 Mustangs.

Tyler Thompson (West Chester, Pa.), who had six ground balls and two assists and went 8-16 on face-offs for the Wildcats, pulled a goal back, but Royce began his day by scoring 3:21 from the end of the first to give Mount Ida a 5-2 edge, and their biggest offensive period of the game.

After Keegan Donaher (Chelmsford, Mass.) opened the second period with a goal, the Mustangs scored the next three tallies, beginning with Royce at 11:34 and then Rosen and Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.) less than thirty seconds apart.

Johnson & Wales sophomore Alex Hayes (Wilton, Conn.) capped the first half scoring for either team with 5:21 left in the half, and the Mustangs went into the break with an 8-4 edge, having outshot the visitors 27-11, en route to a 51-32 edge for the game.

Coehlo struck again in the third quarter, when the teams traded a pair of goals, including another marker by Rosen and one more each for JWU's Macchi and Hayes.

Still ahead by four goals entering the final period, the Mustangs exploed for three scores in less than a minute, as Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.), Royce, and Mike Markevich (Westminster, Mass.) all found the back of the net.

Macchi finished off his day with over 5:30 remaining, but the Mustangs stymied Johnson & Wales down the stretch, despite the Wildcats having several man-up opportunities.

Senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) earned the victory in net, making 9 stops in just over 51 minutes of play. Senior Anthony Genualdo (Peabody, Mass.) saw his first action of the year and made four saves in a shade less than nine minutes of action.

Johnson & Wales starter Mike Russo (Chelmsford, Mass.) fell to 1-2 on the year, allowing 8 goals and making 5 stops. He gave way to Jack Pettine (Foxboro, Mass.), who made 13 saves over the final forty minutes.

Coehlo and junior Kyle Fernitz (Northbrook, Ill.) each caused three turnovers to lead the Mustang defense, while Erik Berman (Montclair, N.J.) went 11-18 from the face-off dot and grabbed a game-high 9 ground balls.  Freshman Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.) picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in the victory.

For the Wildcats, freshman defenseman Brad Medlin (Westford, Mass.) caused a game-high five turnovers, half of his team's total, and he and Brett Leighton (Scarborough, Maine) each picked up four ground balls.

Mount Ida continues conference play at home on Wednesday when they host Rivier at 3:30 PM at Alumni Field.

JWU has an even shorter turnaround, returning home to host Emerson on Tuesday evening in a 7:00 pm GNAC matchup.