NEWTON, Mass. – In a tightly contested game that came down to the final moments, Mount Ida was able to hold off Rivier University for a 6-5 victory in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's lacrosse action at Alumni Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore Mike Markevich (Westminster, Mass.) netted three of the Mustang's goals, including the eventual game-winner with 4:15 left in the game, and the opening goal of the contest, which kicked off a run that saw Mount Ida take a 4-0 lead by the 12:12 mark of the second quarter.
The Raiders (3-3, 0-2 GNAC) were led by a pair of goals from Kyle Graham (Londonderry, N.H.), who scored twice within a span of 1:09 to open the second half and pull the visitors back to a one-goal deficit, 4-3.
The teams had gone into the break with the Mustangs ahead 4-1, after Markevich had capped the four-goal run with his second at 12:12 left in the half and Danny Hooper (Wakefield, R.I.) got the visitors on the scoreboard with 11:00 left in the second period.
The freshman Flaherty netted his second goal of the year with 2:05 left in the third quarter, on an assist by Greg Polish (Bow, N.H.), but an unassisted tally by Sean Given (Londonderry, N.H.) with just thirty-two seconds left in the third kept the game a one-goal affair.
Markevich's final strike extended the host's lead to 6-4, and though Tom Johnson (Londonderry, N.H.) was able to take a pass from John Cangiamila (Woburn, Mass.) and score his sixth goal of the season, just two minutes remained on the clock, and Mount Ida was able to come up with a turnover in the final seconds to preserve the victory.
The game ended with the ball on the stick of senior Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, Conn.), who had six ground balls to co-lead the Mustangs, along with junior Chaz Strom (North Dighton, Mass.), who led all players with four caused turnovers.
Senior goalkeeper Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) made ten stops to pick up the victory, while sophomore Clark Plummer (Londonderry, N.H.) played very well in net for the Raiders, making 16 saves and keeping Rivier within striking distance throughout.
Trevor Plummer (Londonderry, N.H.) caused three turnovers, while junior Andrew Lucy (Windham, N.H.) led the Raiders with five ground balls.
The Mustangs held a 40-24 edge in shots and a 35-24 advantage in ground balls, while winning eight of the 14 face-offs, helped by a 7-13 face-off percentage by junior Erik Berman (Montclair, N.J.).
Mount Ida also cleared successfully on 21 of their 23 attempts, while Rivier went 17-21 on clears and 0-3 on extra-man opportunities.
Mount Ida will return to GNAC action on Saturday against Daniel Webster in a game that was moved to a 3:00 pm home game at Alumni Field.
Rivier will be back in Nashua at 1:00 pm on Saturday, welcoming in GNAC foe Emmanuel.