NEWTON, Mass. – The Mount Ida College men's lacrosse team scored the first 16 goals of the game on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field, and galloped past Daniel Webster College 23-4 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action, matching their highest offensive output in a game since the 2009 season.
The Mustangs (5-3, 3-0 GNAC) last scored more than 23 goals on May 2, 2009, when they upended Castleton State 25-9 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship game. Since then, their previous high had been 23, in a 23-1 victory over Maine Farmington on April 6th, 2010.
Mount Ida matched that effort on Saturday, led by the efforts of sophomore Mike Markevich (Westminster, Mass.), who needed just 5:06 to register a hat trick, and scored the opening four goals of the game en route to a five-goal day.
The Eagles (0-3, 0-3 GNAC), who got on the board with a goal in the third period and three in the fourth, were led by David Downie (Merrimack, N.H.), who had a stick in all four goals, scoring one and handing out four assists.
Junior Erik Berman (Montclair, N.J.) went 16-21 on the draw, and picked up a game-high eight ground balls, a category in which Mount Ida had a 60-38 advantage. The Mustangs also outshot their opponents 60-18, and forced 37 turnovers from the Eagles.
Senior Corey Gelbstein (Greenwich, Conn.), who had three caused turnovers for Mount Ida, also got on the score sheet and Berry added a pair of goals in the second quarter. Late in the first half, it was freshman Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) and Hendrix getting hot.
Sullivan assisted on goals by Sean Royce (South Windsor, Conn.) and Berry before netting himself, with Royce turned provider. Hendrix then scored a natural hat trick, with two goals in the last 1:07 of the half, and another to open the third quarter just eleven seconds after the break after the Mustangs had taken a 15-0 lead into halftime.
With 12:00 left in the third, Sean Hamilton (Brookline, N.H.) got the Eagles on the score board with his second goal of the season.
The Mustangs answered almost immediately with a pair of goals by Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) and the first of Cole Davis's (Chester, N.H.) two goals on the day. Berry and Markevich tallied again to open the fourth quarter and Paul Studdard (West Haven, Conn.) got his first goal of the season on a pass from Greg Polish (Bow, N.H.).
Daniel Webster scored three of the last four goals of the game, with Andrew Sousa (Raymond, Maine) and Dan Knupfer (Corfu, N.Y.) finding the back of the net before Knupfer picked up an assist on Downie's goal with fifty-one seconds left to play.
Despite playing just the first 8:13, senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) earned the victory in net, improving to 5-3. He got plenty of help from the play of Anthony Genualdo (Peabody, Mass.), Tyler McElreath (Upton, Mass.) and Kevin Nguyen (Salem, Mass.), who combined to make nine saves and allow just the four goals in his relief.
Sophomore Curtis Larade (Merrimack, N.H.) played the first half in net for the Eagles, taking the loss after making six stops. He gave way to freshman James Bushey (Hamden, Conn.), who racked up ten saves in the second half.
At the face-off dot, Anthony Cotoni (Groton, Mass.) and Andrew Leon (Leominster, Mass.) won three draws apiece, while Brandyn Torrey (Keene, N.H.) was 2-12 for the visitors.
Mount Ida will be back in action next Wednesday when they travel across Newton to take on Lasell in an important GNAC game at 4:00 pm.
The Eagles will continue to look for their first win Thursday evening when they head to Boston for a 7:00 pm date with Emmanuel.