NEWTON, Mass. – Freshman midfielder Jon Berry scored thirteen seconds into overtime to propel Mount Ida to a thrilling 8-7 victory over non-conference opponent Mitchell College. With the win Mount Ida improves to 7-4 (4-1 GNAC) while Mitchell drops to 4-4 (2-0 NECC).
Trailing just eleven seconds into the first quarter off a Mitchell goal by Demetre Lyras (Rocky Point, N.Y.), Mount Ida senior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, Conn.) knotted things up at one a piece before Mitchell's Shane Sullivan (Quaker Hill, Conn.) found teammate Dan DiGioia (Glen Ridge, N.J.) who buried home a shot to take the early 2-1 advantage after one quarter of play.
Lyras started off the second with his second goal of the afternoon before Mount Ida freshman attack Ryan Trinque (East Greenwich, Conn.) brought the hosts within a goal at the 12:16 mark of the quarter. Mitchell rattled off two straight goals from DiGioia and Tyler Kradas (Kensington, Conn.) giving the Mariners the three goal cushion at 5-2.
With 0:22 seconds remaining in the opening half Trinque struck again on an unassisted marker brining the Mustangs within two at the break at 5-3.
The Mustangs came out of the break keeping Mitchell at bay and scoring all four goals in the third quarter to take a 7-5 lead off tallies from Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.), Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.), J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) and Chad Coehlo (Salem, Mass.)
Trailing by two goals heading into the fourth quarter, Mitchell would not go down without a fight. Lyras struck again with his third goal of the game and a natural hat trick while teammate David Klapp (Greenfield, N.Y.) sent a shot through the legs of Mustang net minder Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) to knot the score at 7-7, sending the contest into overtime.
In dramatic fashion thirteen seconds into the overtime period, Berry sent a scorching shot past Mitchell keeper JD LeMay (Lagrangeville, N.Y.) for the game winner and the 8-7 victory.
Cordaro recorded the win for Mount Ida improving his record to 7-4 on the year while LeMay took the tough defeat for the Mariners and dropped to 4-4 on the season.
Mount Ida went 16-16 on clear attempts while the Mariners managed 15 clears on 25 tries.
Junior face off specialist Eric Berman (Montclair, N.J.) went 11-17 on face-offs and grabbed eight ground balls. Lyras was 6-15 on face-offs for the Mariners while LeMay led the way with seven ground balls for the visitors.
Mount Ida will return to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference play on Friday night when they travel to nearby Emmanuel College for a 7:00 game under the lights. Mitchell will host non-conference opponent SUNYIT on Saturday afternoon with a 4:00 face-off.