NEWTON, Mass. – One of 12 seniors recognized Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field, Peter Hardy (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored six goals, catapulting himself into the 100 Point Club and leading the Mustangs to a 14-9 victory over Saint Joseph's Maine in their final Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular season game of the year.
The Mustangs improve to 13-4 (7-1 GNAC) and have now won seven straight games. They will have a bye in the first round of the tournament and play the winner of Rivier and Johnson & Wales next Thursday at 6:00 pm at Alumni Field in the GNAC semifinals.
Saint Joseph sees their record drop to 6-9 (3-5 GNAC).
Hardy led a Mount Ida comeback after the Monks had opened the game scoring four out of the first five goals.
Joe O'Reilly (Suffern, N.Y.) and Michael Finn (Quincy, Mass.) each tallied twice in that spurt, and ended the game as two of four Monks with two goals apiece.
Hardy scored in the middle of the four Monks goals, and then scored three times to open the second period, tying the game at four and then giving Mount Ida a one-goal lead.
After Dan Cunningham (West Islip, N.Y.) tied the game for the Monks again, Mount Ida rattled off four straight goals, two by Hardy, who joined the 100 point club at the 8:20 mark of the 3rd quarter, giving Mount Ida a 9-5 lead.
Mount Ida would not trail again after that run, and got reinforcements from Wyatt Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.), who had three goals and two assists and Jon Berry (Chichester, N.H.), who had a goal and four helpers.
Connor Trainor (Franklin, Mass.) made 16 stops for the Monks, who were outshot 50-40 and trailed 46-33 in ground balls, as Zito collected 12 ground balls and Alex Veloukas (Salem, Mass.) and Joe Gengarelly (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) grabbed five apiece.
Before the game, the 12 seniors were recognized for their achievements as they played their final regular season games. In addition to Berry, Sullivan, Hardy, Coehlo and Veloukas, Mount Ida also recognized Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.), Corey Eugster (Upton, Mass.), Ryan Trinque (E. Greenwich, R.I.), Shane Flaherty (Halifax, Mass.), Matt Hoffman (Brewster, N.Y.), Tommy Thompson (Schuylerville, N.Y.), and Cody Burdick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).